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A really thorny subject -
I'm going to tackle a thorny subject that's pretty important to me -
First of all, diets don't work, they only make you fatter. Diets don't work, they only make you fatter. Yes, I know, I just said that, but it's worth saying twice. Diets have a simple, apparently obvious, logic -
The human body is badly adapted for living in an environment with abundant food because, for all of its evolution except the last few decades, starvation has been the big threat to survival. In much of the world, it still is. So it is very well equipped to deal with starvation. Cut your calorie intake in half and your body will think you are in a famine and go into survival mode, reducing your metabolism and halting long-
The way to sustainably lose weight is to (1) make an honest assessment of what you really eat, by keeping a diary of all your food and drink intake for about 3 weeks. Then (2) review it and find your worst food habits, in terms of calories and health, and cut back a bit. If you have a takeaway every Friday, have one every other Friday. If you have four roast potatoes on Sunday, have three. If you have three chocolate bars a week, have two. Make small changes for life, not drastic changes for a few months. Don't give up all your favourite foods, don't cut out whole food groups and don't adopt bizarre eating habits that are different from those of your family. If you can cut back to the point where you lose 1-
Tackle the emotional reasons why you overeat, with a counsellor if necessary. If, like me, you eat to cheer yourself up, comfort yourself, reward yourself, celebrate, and so on, there are other ways to do these things, I have eventually found!
And that's all really. Gradually move your diet away from processed food towards natural, home-
And there it is, 20 years' research in 1000 words, more or less!