Archives for weight loss

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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Q&A: Group power

The Question: Several years ago, I decided I had had enough of feeling unhappy with my weight, and joined a slimming group. This for me was a success in several respects: I enjoyed going to the weekly meetings, increased my exercise dramatically, followed the dietary rules pretty strictly, and lost a stone over a period of 16 weeks, to become the slimmest I ever had been in my adult life, which I enjoyed.
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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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