Eating Less by Gillian Riley Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:08:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Set Point Theory Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:08:11 +0000 The 'Set Point Theory' says that your body can develop a preference for a higher weight, so that your Set Point becomes raised to a level that’s overweight or even obese. Then, any attempt to lose weight will be doomed because your body automatically sets biological reactions in motion in order to return to that higher weight, which has now become your elevated Set Point.

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Desire, Craving and Preference Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:15:51 +0000 Whenever you eat any food you don’t really need, what you’ve done is to satisfy your addictive desire to eat. No blame intended here; it’s just that when we name it we can make progress. As you may know from my books, taking control of overeating is the process of releasing and healing this desire for excess food.It’s likely you’ll always satisfy some addictive desire, on some occasions, to some extent. But if you could manage to satisfy it less often - maybe a lot less often - that would deliver the results you want. Assuming, of course, it lasts long term.

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The Happy Gut Bug Thu, 09 May 2019 13:32:08 +0000 It’s quite possible you don’t think about it very often, but I expect you know that whenever you eat, you’re not really feeding yourself so much as you’re feeding around a hundred trillion microscopic microbes that live in your intestines. Of course it’s natural to be somewhat disgusted by this very strange arrangement, but these microbes are being seriously and extensively studied, and it looks like they’re considerably more significant than you may realise.

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Meat or Vegan Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:08:15 +0000 This week a number of UK newspapers reported on a study of office workers that found vegans take twice as many sick days off work, due to colds, flu and minor ailments, and visit their doctor three times as much as their meat-eating co-workers. I tried vegan around 20 years ago and at the time I genuinely believed it was the way to go.

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If You Don’t Have Time Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:57:30 +0000 If you’re thinking you don’t have time to spend on this, to read and consider how you could make important changes, then you are exactly the kind of person who could benefit most from this blog. And this irony really is the heart of the whole problem.

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Thoughts on Detox Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:56:02 +0000 It’s become popular over the past few years to think of detoxification as something along the lines of a 5-day juice- or water-fast. All experts I come across are in agreement that some process of detoxification is wise, but many actually caution against those more extreme protocols.

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I’m Overeating Because Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:21:43 +0000 What causes overeating? Is it caused by nutritional and biochemical deficiencies in the body? Or by some kind of malfunction in the brain? Is it a problem that’s entirely physical, where people's thoughts – beliefs and attitudes – wouldn’t have any impact at all?

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The Elevator Pitch Fri, 11 May 2018 13:37:05 +0000 What is it that’s on offer here? What is “Eating Less” all about? What makes it any different from eating less on a diet, which always falls apart sooner or later? Some years ago a business coach advised me to come up with an ‘Elevator Pitch’. This is a way to answer all of those questions to a stranger in the time it takes for the elevator you’re both in to go from one floor to the next.

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Addiction In Sight Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:39:34 +0000 There was a programme on BBC Radio 4 a while ago called Constant Craving. It attempted to answer the controversial question of whether food addiction exists, and it reminded me of that fable about four blind men who discover an elephant. Each of them grabs hold of a different part, and gives his description of the animal.  

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