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What Health Professionals have to
say about Dr Blair-West’s work
“After reading Dr Blair-West’s ‘Tantalus’ article on Medscape,
I ‘Googled’ his name. After going to the website, I knew I had to have
the book so I ordered it from an Australian website and simply paid the
international postage. It was well worth it! I thank Dr. Blair-West for his
exceptional work. I’m a psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapist and
have suffered with my weight all my life. This is the first book that
makes sense to me clinically. I’m so grateful to have found it.
The connection he made to attachment theory is right on!”

– Libby Inman, LPC
Greensboro, NC, USA

“I want to thank you for your book. I received it and
then read it in one day! It was highly informative, reinforcing all
of your workshop ideas and strategies. I have passed it on to
my sister to read next. Thanks again.”


– Michelle Kleiner, Accredited Practising



Dietitian, Sydney, Australia

“George is one of those rare individuals who is so interesting to
listen to, he can hold an audience captive for long periods of time. He is
passionate about his life, his work and his family – this energy radiates from
him, spreading throughout the whole room. Add to this his wicked sense of
humour and everyone leaves his workshops in good spirits
taking with them much valuable, usable information.”

– Rozz Nutting, Psychologist
Brisbane, Australia

Frequently Asked Questions
n Q: What kind of diet is the Low Sacrifice ‘Diet’, is it low

in carbohydrates, low in fat …?
n A: The Low Sacrifice ‘Diet’ (LSD) is not a ‘diet’ in the traditional sense as

it does not prescribe certain foods or menus. It is a psychological

approach designed to minimise self-sabotage. It is low in self-discipline

and low in sacrifices because otherwise it cannot be sustained for the

long-term. Losing weight and keeping it off is what this book is all about.
n Q: Can I still eat my favorite foods?
n A: A key element of the LSD is that not only are your favorite foods allowed,

in fact, they are prescribed. I then teach you ‘Zen and the art of savoring’

strategies so you enjoy your favorite foods more!
n Q: Do I have to exercise to lose weight?
n A: You may be surprised to read that research shows that while it has many

benefits, exercise is not a significant factor in losing weight. Given the

limited effort that people have, I get them to apply it to managing their

energy intake. I prescribe ‘incidental activity’ to assist the process.
n Q: Can I drink alcohol?
n A: Yes. I devote a chapter to looking at the complex relationship between

alcohol and weight – complex because alcohol causes less direct weight

gain than people expect, but can, indirectly, cause gain.
n Q: Do I have to avoid certain foods?
n A: No. It is important that no foods be forbidden.
n Q: Can my whole family adopt this new eating lifestyle?
n A: Absolutely. A problem with other diets is that you are often on your own.

Moreover, I believe that a key responsibility for parents is giving our

children healthy ‘obesity-proofing’ eating habits (see Chapter 15).
n Q: Do I need to buy special supplements or vitamins?
n A: No – not unless you want to make expensive urine.

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T

o my wife Penny who, in her desire to
avoid public attention, goes otherwise
unrecognized. As a Psychologist, deeply
committed to her craft, her breadth and depth
of knowledge continues to astound me
and is woven through these words.
Your faith in me sustains me.

I am also deeply indebted to my clientele.
As a medical student I was told they would
be my greatest teachers. At the time I did not
begin to appreciate the fullness of the gift
coming my way.

Table of Contents
The Book in Overview
Navigating this book
Why a new approach?
Getting Started

i
ii
iii
viii

Introduction

ix

Chapter 1 – Party party party
What has the medical profession been thinking?!
Begin as you wish to continue
For the love of food

1
3
4
5

Chapter 2 – Self-discipline it is not
Hunting down motivation
What if self-discipline does not bring about change?
The goal of being fat – Suzie’s story
The ultimate motivators
Self-discipline cannot compete
The power of ‘strategic structures’
Trigger control strategies

7
8
11
13
15
18
20
22

Chapter 3 – The sleeping dragon of rebellion
Ad libitum dieting
Building the sensitive new age guy
Restraint Theory and the ‘What the Hell’ Effect
The Last Supper Effect
The Mental Gymnastics Olympics
What does it all mean?

23
24
25
27
28
30
31

Chapter 4 – The unholy trinity: deprivation, starvation &
justification
The energy mismatch
The energy cab rank – alcohol, protein, carbs & fat
The King of Sabotage: conning ourselves on a daily basis

32
33
34
37

Chapter 5 – Breakfast like a Princess, lunch like a Queen,
dinner like a Supermodel
The French Paradox
Depriving ourselves of deprivation
Research proves we will cheat anyway
Make the most of your forbidden foods
Forbidding food, as with sex, makes it more attractive
Protein and energy density – Winning the 20-minute battle

38
39
42
44
46
47
48

Chapter 6 – Goal sabotage
The False Hope Syndrome
The gap between a ‘nice idea’ and execution

51
52
57

Chapter 7 – The Low Sacrifice ‘Diet’: We must have our cake
and eat it too
Is this food worth dying for? Sorting the foods you love from those
you only flirt with
Allowing – The antidote to craving
The Model – the before and after shots
The role of weight loss drugs

60
62
64
66
67

Chapter 8 – Mindfulness and Savoring
How to live twice as long
Speed kills …
The natural solution – the third Zen question
The mindfulness exercise
Savoring – the university course
For the chocolate addicts

69
70
74
74
77
80
83

Chapter 9 – The ‘exercise causes weight loss’ myth
Exercising to gain weight
Does exercise increase metabolic rate?
It’s more than you think
Exercise overcompensation eating
The role of exercise in maintaining weight loss
Is there any need for exercise at all?
Incidental activity is the answer
Taking Longcuts

85
86
88
89
91
93
95
96
97

Chapter 10 – The Alcohol Paradox
Alcohol and weight – the Alcohol Paradox
Disinhibited eating

101
103
104

Chapter 11 – Carbohydrate: the ultimate hunter
How we are hunted
McDonald’s – better at it than Freud
Advertising at its best

106
109
114
116

Chapter 12 – Carbohydrates: using GL to sort the good, the bad
& the suicidal
119
Using Glycemic Load to sort our carbs
121
The Low Sacrifice Switching Game
126
How does GL relate to calories and sugar content?
130
Don’t trust your refrigerator
131
True love is helping someone special lose weight
134
Portion size still matters
135
The role of meal replacements
136
You can’t fix a leak if you can’t find it
139
Chapter 13 – Self-sabotage
Being in two minds
Executing the nice idea – ‘failure fear’
Going through the motions
Mindfully observing our excuses
Success stress – snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
The conscious–unconscious mismatch
The success–self-worth mismatch

142
143
144
146
149
152
155
157

Chapter 14 – Sabotage-proofing through setbacks
Making setbacks learning experiences
Failure has to be created

160
161
162

Chapter 15 – Obesity-proofing our children: a battle of love 167
The gift of indoctrination
168
Are parents making things worse?
169
Food as a language of love
172
Modeling food as a mood elevating drug
174
Love is not a feeling
175


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