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The Elevator Pitch

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

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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The Times (they are a-changing)

Last month I read an article in The Times that I found so astounding it's still on my mind today. It wasn’t that it told me anything I hadn’t heard many times already, but there’s something about it that’s holding my attention - in part simply because it was in The Times.
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Food addiction in our culture

Food addiction, just like any addiction, grows from roots in so many different places, from the chemistry of our bodies to our social traditions, from private self-regard to national legislation. All of them can exert an influence on those moments when your addictive desire has appeared and demands to be satisfied.
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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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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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Q&A: Am I Addicted?

The Question: I’ve read your book twice and I like a lot of it but stuck on the subject of addiction. I want to ask you if this is going to work for me if I’m not addicted? I can go a bit crazy with cakes and pastries sometimes, but then I really do forget all about them for weeks. Surely if someone is addicted, like smokers, they are physically hooked so there’s a need to do it every day?
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It is a Pleasure

Just like many others, I own way too many clothes that I don't actually wear. It's not because I buy so many, it's that I'm very reluctant to throw them away. I keep a dress I bought in the 1980s, and guess I’ve worn it twice. It's way too big for me now, as I've steadily lost weight over the past years, and the style of it wouldn't suit resizing.
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Chocoholism

Are you a chocoholic? Is chocolate good for you? And is chocolate addictive? It’s possible you’ve answered a resounding yes to all three. To look first of all at its addictiveness, here's a study from the University of London's Division of Mental Health.
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Q&A: Can’t Lose

Do you know if there are people who will never lose weight no matter what they do and how much they starve themselves? I ask this because people do talk about this and I do think I’m one of them. I’m not yo-yo dieting because I just don’t lose the weight in the first place, and I’ve been struggling with this for more years than I care to say.
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