Shelves: own-a-kindle-copy , Short assessment: This book started off with good intentions but failed to deliver because the conclusion was just one more diet. If you want to lose weight without dieting but instead through a lifestyle change, read Intuitive Eating. He's done really great work, and I applaud him for the lasting change he's affected. However, he took the principles of Short assessment: This book started off with good intentions but failed to deliver because the conclusion was just one more diet. However, he took the principles of that book and attempted to apply them to dieting. That was a great first step, but unfortunately, he both goes too far and not far enough.
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I promise you it is. By reading this book with an open mind you will discover a wonderful new life that may now seem beyond your dreams: a life in which you enjoy every meal, in which you are slim, fit, healthy and bursting with an energy you had forgotten even existed; an active, sociable, long and happy life.
And achieving that new life will be easy. We look forward to mealtimes with excitement; we shop for food with anticipation; we celebrate our achievements, tout for business and court prospective lovers by booking a table at a restaurant, or preparing something special at home. For thousands of years we have associated food and eating with good times.
Yet how often do you feel good after a meal? I always thought of myself as a food lover. I just shovelled it down. My belly would feel bloated and tight like a drum. I frequently suffered from indigestion and heartburn and even worse was my guilt and helplessness as I loosened a button or two while cursing myself for ending up in this condition yet again.
I knew I ate too much, I only had to look at my ever-expanding belly in the mirror to see that. I had never regarded eating and overeating as separate entities. To me overeating was merely an extension of eating, probably caused by the fact that I liked eating so much. Smokers believe the problems they have quitting are because they enjoy smoking so much. In fact they never do. In the same way, overeaters believe their problem is that they enjoy eating too much. I was a smoker for 33 years.
I tried to quit many times by using willpower, but always fell back into the trap. I learned about the nature of addiction by quitting smoking. It was the simple realisation that smoking was an addiction, not something I did for pleasure, that enabled me to discover my stop-smoking method and escape from that prison. I later realised that the method also works for other addictions and problems, including overeating.
While I could see quite clearly that my method could be applied to alcohol and all drug addictions, applying it to food initially stretched my mind. There were two reasons for this. Obviously cutting out food completely is out of the question! Second, I knew that eating can be a genuine pleasure and does actually satisfy hunger, whereas the pleasure of smoking is an illusion and the cigarette creates the hunger it seems to relieve.
But through my discovery of the way to escape the smoking trap, I realised that I had been the victim of brainwashing from the day I was born and that applied to eating as much as it did to smoking.
This is a modern problem, coinciding with the boom in junk foods over the last 50 years. The tobacco industry is hugely powerful and feeds us lies and illusions in ingeniously subtle ways. Just as powerful as Big Tobacco is the food industry. The fact is that the food industry encourages us to overeat.
If the supermarket only stocked the natural foods that we genuinely enjoy and need to be healthy, fit and happy, its fat profits would shrink. The vast bulk of food on supermarket shelves is surplus to our requirements. When I felt that my method could not be applied to weight loss, I was overlooking a crucial point. I was comparing smoking to eating: the first a disgusting, smelly, unhealthy, antisocial addiction that makes us feel terrible and gives us no benefits whatsoever; the second an enjoyable, sociable activity that satisfies our hunger, gives us energy and keeps us alive.
It was like a light bulb coming on in my brain — a Eureka moment, just like the time I decided to embark on my mission to cure the world of smoking. Until the penny dropped, I had regarded overeating as a mere extension of eating: too much of a good thing. I now realised that the two were entirely different.
The effects of overeating have a lot in common with the effects of smoking. On the physical side: tiredness and lethargy; indigestion and heartburn; lack of fitness; obesity; heart disease; and all sorts of other life-threatening illnesses.
On the mental side: an illusion of pleasure; guilt; helplessness; lack of self-esteem and sex drive; slavery and misery. So I asked myself the question: since smoking is You've reached the end of this preview. Sign up to read more!
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