Archives for weight loss

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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Q&A: Insulin resistance

The Question: Can you help me with a weight problem? I’ve used your book EATING LESS for some time and already succeeded with impressive (to me!) changes in what I’m eating, including cutting out sweet things after my evening meal and cutting way down on snacks.
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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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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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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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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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Sadness, Sugar and Serotonin

Have you come across the idea that carbohydrates such as sugar and grains cheer you up because they cause serotonin to be released in your brain? Eating those sugars seems to lift our mood, and that leads so many of us to overeat those foods, especially when we feel low. As serotonin is thought to create our sense of happiness, it’s often suggested that if you keep your serotonin levels boosted you won't feel as tempted to eat so much.
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Good Night

A catchier title would be LOSE WEIGHT WHILE YOU SLEEP, but you know that’s not my style. The point is that the sleep you get on a regular basis has a very real impact on your health and your weight, so it could be worth paying some attention, to the quality as well as the quantity.
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The Weigh to Go?

Do you weigh yourself? Or maybe the question is, how often do you weigh yourself? And do you find it helpful? I find many people are so confused about this. They go through periods of time when they weigh daily; it seems to help, and then it doesn’t. So maybe they stop getting on the scales, but that doesn’t help either. And so it goes on.
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Q&A: When diets work

I read your book because a friend of mine told me it helped her the last time she was doing her slimming club. I don’t want to give up dieting because it works well for me. Once I’ve started I slip into that mentality really well and it works like a charm. I don’t struggle with it, I don’t have cravings or feel the urge to snack on pastries and chocolate (like I do when I’m not dieting).
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