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Q&A: Gut instincts

The Question: I read an article and then a book about the power of our gut microbiome. There seems to be a growing interest in research telling us the condition of our gut health is more in charge of us than we think – in charge of our moods, weight, health and even what foods we crave and how much we eat. I’d be very interested to hear if you are aware of this research, and what you think of all this.
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And here’s what they said about my last seminar…

I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar and look forward to moving forward with excellent tools. Thank you. I feel excited to feel that, after decades of trying to leave the burden of overeating aside, this radically new way of understanding the science and link between mental and biophysical process of addiction offers a very realistic chance to really deal with this issue for good.
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Set Point

This week a TV documentary here in the UK was promoting the Set Point Theory, so I thought I’d re-visit this idea as you might be interested. The Set Point Theory says that your body can learn to prefer a higher weight, so that your Set Point becomes raised to a level that’s overweight or even obese.
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Q&A: Is my BMI too high?

The Question: I read your Eating Less book some years ago and again recently and it helped a lot in gaining control of my eating. As a result I have lost excess weight and am now three stones below what I weighed at my peak. I enjoy my increased mobility and I am happy with the way I look too.
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Food Addiction?

The only argument I’ve seen against describing overeating as ‘addiction’ was that it cannot be precisely defined. Where does it begin and end: before dessert or after? One square of dark chocolate or 50? Or somewhere in between? But exactly the same problem applies to smoking, as there are those who only smoke one or two a year. There are few such smokers, but there’s still no absolute marker between not addicted and addicted.
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Q&A: Can I Keep My Rules?

I’m interested in reading your book, but when it comes to food I’m someone who very much needs rules. Do you think your technique is going to work for me? My Answer: Whether you follow rules given by others or create them yourself, this may well be the only way you’ve been able to control your eating in the past. That’s why rules are so important to so many people. If there is no other technique available, it makes good sense because it is at least something.
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Winning at Losing

If you plan to eat less, would you do better to eat less carbohydrate or less fat? A Stanford University study evaluated health and weight-loss benefits of these styles of eating over one year. The study began with 311 women randomly divided into groups to follow one of four diets that varied in proportions of fat and carbohydrate.
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And here’s what they said about my last seminar…

Inspirational course. Thank you very, very much! Gillian is so wonderfully non-judgmental; this really let us be ourselves. Enough time for questions; they were answered in a considered way, and fully. The course was led well, in a professional but very friendly and caring manner. We all had chance to ask questions and comment when we needed to.
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Telomeres Tell Us More

Do you know about telomeres? If you're wondering why you'd ever want to know, there's some fascinating information has emerged from a ton of research on these tiny molecules. Telomeres are structures that sit at both ends of our chromosomes.
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