Apologies if this topic has already been brought up - I am new to this community.
I just thought I'd share my experiences from following this particular guide to weight loss and it would be interesting to hear from anyone else who has tried this programme. I am a 21 year old male hoping to reach a target weight of around 12 stone which is about right for my height. At my heaviest, I weighed around 16 stone, 7 pounds and decided it was time to lose weight. After several months of pain and resistance, I managed to get down to 14 stone. Looking back on this, I have no idea how I managed it as I'm normally a sucker for both sweet and savoury foods as well as having constant hunger pangs dealt with by reluctantly tucking into cardboard textured low fat devil foods.
But anyway, since getting down to 14 stone, I tried to carry on and I would lose a few more pounds, give in to temptation and put them back on again. So it's been 14 stone on or off for the past few weeks and in search of some kind of booster to help me get rid of these last 24 pounds, I decided to try Paul McKenna's approach to weight loss - notice how I don't use the word 'diet' because his system allows you to eat what you want. The book elaborates on 4 very simple points which should be followed in the system and it claims as long as you follow them, you will lose weight, even if you choose not to exercise. They are:
1. Eat only when you're hungry
2. Eat what you want, not what you think you should eat
3. Eat consciously, slowly, chew every mouthful thoroughly and enjoy it
4. Stop eating as soon as you are satisfied
I followed these points and it does require practice if you are normally a fast eater. I usually shove food down my mouth like there's no tomorrow so it did take a few days for me to get used to eating slowly. But I have to say, following these four rules allowed me to become satisfied from eating a portion of food which would normally leave me hungry for more. The book also states a true fact that it takes around 20 minutes for your stomach to send the signal to your brain that you are full which explains rule number 3 of eating slowly. I'll be honest - after 20 minutes of eating according to the rules, I still feel I could eat more and still feel hungry... unless I have a drink of water. Suddenly after the drink of water I feel full and don't want to eat anymore. I also found that this full feeling sustained a lot longer than it would normally. There is no part of the 4 rules which says you must drink with your meal but I decided to do this as it immediately stops me wanting more food until my next meal. It would be interesting to hear if anyone else also thinks this. Anyway, I have lost a few pounds since and I am going to continue following the rules and I will update you with my progress.