How to Eat Loads and Stay Slim is a new book by Peter Jones and Della Galton, that combines the science of hunger with quick cheats (how to make zero fat chips), psychological techniques (why focusing on your food is really important), ingenious strategies (how to cut down on sugar without going cold turkey), and super-easy recipes.
What's great about this books is it's completely mumbo jumbo and jargon-free, which means you can work on your figure without reaching for a dictionary. Plus, it's built around successful techniques that have worked for Peter and Della. Great stuff!
Take a peek at one of our favourite fuss-free extracts from the book below...
How Hunger Really Works
There's a whole slew of weight management advice out there that can be summarised by the following sentence:
EAT WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY
Fat people – so the proponents of this advice are keen to point out – will eat for numerous reasons other than hunger. They will eat when they're bored. They will eat when they're sad. Or because it's lunchtime. Or out of habit. Or because they're thirsty. Or because there's still food on the plate. Or in the fridge. Or in the shop.
The 'eat when you're hungry' advice generally makes a lot of sense – unless you genuinely feel hungry a lot of the time, then it's a recipe (pardon the pun) for disaster. Enter another slew of weight loss gurus for whom the following is their mantra:
IT'S OK TO FEEL HUNGRY. FEELING HUNGRY IS NORMAL.
These people want you to make friends with your hunger pangs. Accept them as part of the norm. Know that being hungry doesn't necessarily mean starvation is just around the corner. Which is all well and good, of course, if you're one of those people who can mentally push hunger to one side. Personally if I'm hungry I can't concentrate on anything properly until I've shoved something tasty in 'me gob'. And if – God forbid –there's no food available I'm likely to gnaw off my arm.
And isn't that how it's supposed to be? Surely hunger – like pain – is a natural reaction designed to motivate us into taking action? If it isn't then why on earth do we get hungry? That is a very, very good question.
Why Your Body Makes You Hungry
(Peter says…) Many, many years ago, long before you and I came to be – before the invention of the internet, the telephone, pizza delivery services, before mopeds, and the wheels that make them possible – before anyone had even thought of taking a slab of pizza dough, smothering it in tomato paste and putting cheese on top – food was generally hard to come by.
The only meal options available were fruit, nuts and berries – or catching something and killing it. Which could be a tad treacherous and usually involved a joint effort. Times were tough.
This being the case, it didn't really make a lot of sense to evolve a hunger mechanism that made your tummy rumble just because you hadn't eaten. Not when there just wasn't any food available, and the first pizza delivery company wouldn't be around for several thousand years.
On the other hand, when food was plentiful – say, when your old pal Ug had managed to trap a woolly mammoth – it made a LOT of sense for your body to encourage you to eat as much as you could from the all-you-can-eat mammoth buffet, because tomorrow that woolly mammoth might be past its 'best slaughtered by' date and you'd be back foraging amongst the bushes. In those days, life was quite often a case of 'survival of the fattest.'
Of course, back in the 21st century every day is 'woolly mammoth day'. Figuratively speaking. Food is plentiful, and quite a lot of it is packed with calories. And whilst we might eventually evolve a new hunger mechanism that takes all this into account, right now your body and mine are operating on the assumption that the local pizza delivery place might run out of pizza at any moment, and that it's best to fill up whilst
Put simply, your body is designed to make you fatter.
For more information about the book, visit howtoeatloadsandstayslim.com.
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