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13 Jul
2012
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I’ve Eaten Too Much – So I’d Better Eat Some More

I’ve been promoting the idea of no-diet weight loss for some years now, so I’m always pleased when a bit of research comes my way that supports my ideas. It’s been obvious to me for a long time that diets don’t work, you’ve only got to listen to dieters talking about weight loss to realise that. In fact whenever I need to lose weight I never diet – and I always lose weight. But for most people, when they feel bad about their body shape, they want to do something about it and the world mind-set (encouraged massively by the multi-billion dollar weight loss industry) is that you diet when you want to lose weight.

So that’s what you do.

I mean the whole world, and all those celebrities can’t be wrong – can they?

Yes they can.

And yes they are.

One crucial piece of research is about the way people on diets think about over-eating. When people are attempting to lose weight by restricting certain types of foods or limiting themselves to a certain number of calories – everything is fine until something causes them to go over the limit. They may be offered some cake and feel it impolite to refuse; there may be a packet of biscuits being handed around the office and they don’t want to stand out by being the only one to refuse; it may have been a tough week emotionally – it doesn’t matter what the reason is, but they pass the limit for the day.

What the dieter typically does then is think that they’ve failed for the day so they might as well just forget about the diet and start afresh in the morning – and then they binge.

The reason is all about how self-control and willpower work.

Restricting food intake, whether you are counting calories or following some other method, requires monitoring what you eat. Dieters tend to be very good at this. They know exactly what is left out of the daily allowance and what they can have and what they can’t have. This feedback mechanism is essential to the success of this process.

But what happens, once the daily allowance is exceeded, is that dieters stop monitoring their food intake. They stop keeping track of what they eat and they forget about how much they’ve eaten. Once that decision is made to get back on the diet tomorrow – the body has been starved and so, like a thirsty camel in the dessert… the empty hump is filled to overflowing so that when she starts to starve me again I’ll have a little in reserve… until the next hiccup.

The body has its own intelligence and it is an intelligence based around survival. When you threaten it by severely restricting food intake it retaliates. It retaliates by pushing the possibilityof death by starvation as far away as possible. This is one of the reasons your body even has the ability to store excess fat. Back in the early days of mankind, you ate well when you killed something big. You needed to store the excess in your body because you probably wouldn’t manage to catch another one tomorrow and supermarkets wouldn’t be invented for another 100,000 years.

You can exercise your will power for only so long and then the body wins. And once the body gets control, you can’t stop eating even when you are full.

This is one of the many reasons why dieting is such a struggle.

One of the many reasons why diets don’t work – long-term.

There is an easy way out. Just read my book How to Lose Weight Easily and Free Yourself from Diets Forever

 

Michael

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