Archives for weight loss

Ain’t Necessarily So

You may already be on board with the idea that the way to change your behaviour with food is to change the way you think about food. This means challenging beliefs you hold, perhaps long-held assumptions you’ve never been called upon to question, and perhaps not even fully recognise. Your own pattern of beliefs will be unique to you, and some could evaporate quite effortlessly. The most entrenched attitudes, though, tend to be those held by the entire culture. This is the sort of concept that ‘everybody knows’, which makes it tough to question.
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Q&A: Who do you love?

The Question: Your point about not making a big deal about losing weight, and trying to avoid conversations about it, makes a lot of sense to me! I actually find it a bit offensive when people comment on my body and weight. As I see it, the praise for weight loss is really a critique of the heavier version of me. For a while my weight had been going up, but lately - finally - I have some balance with my eating and my clothes feel a bit looser. I am beginning to worry about when the comments will start.
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On Being Impulsive

Impulsiveness - action without thought - must surely be a part of our lives to some extent. It would be tough and even undesirable to ponder over our every action. Being impulsive may even be a delightful quality, for example, if you impulsively kiss your child or hug a friend. Being impulsive is part of living life to the full, unselfconsciously engaged with life and humanity. Who wouldn't want some of that?
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Q&A: Weight loss and self-esteem

The Question: There’s a lot in your book that I already have and will continue to find extremely useful. However, I think I see a chink in the amour for me. Although I like the idea of making self-esteem independent of my body image, I don’t think I could do that. I have suffered (and I do mean suffered) from low self-esteem all my life and those times when I felt I looked most attractive (i.e. when I had lost enough weight) were always the times I felt best about myself, more confident, relaxed and, especially, happy.
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Form Follows Function

From time to time I get reminded that I’m in the weight loss industry, and often it's a bit of a shock! Weight loss is not what fires up the passion in my heart, either on a professional or personal level, and I suspect I’m far from alone in choosing a career path only to discover it’s different from what had initially been imagined.
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Q&A: Becoming a fire fighter

The Question: My doctor has advised me to lose weight as she says I'm close to becoming diabetic. I have failed at dieting all my life, so I bought your book and have managed to eat considerably less for the last three months. However, I'm not losing nearly as much weight as I think I should be.
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Prevention or Cure

The books I read about nutrition tend to assume that their readers want to eat in a way that prevents, minimises or at least delays the onset of disease, especially the degenerative diseases of aging. It’s taken for granted that readers are aiming for a good life-span, but more importantly, a health-span that matches it as closely as possible.
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Happy Gut Bugs

It's possible you don't think about it often, but I expect you know that whenever you eat, you feed not only yourself but also trillions of microbes that live in your guts. Of course it's natural to be somewhat disgusted by this strange arrangement, but these microbes are being seriously and extensively studied, and it looks like they're considerably more interesting than you may realise.
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