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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
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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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?
Chapter 1 – Party party party
What has the medical profession been thinking?!
Begin as you wish to continue
For the love of food
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
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?
Chapter 4 – The unholy trinity: deprivation, starvation &
The energy mismatch
The energy cab rank – alcohol, protein, carbs & fat
The King of Sabotage: conning ourselves on a daily basis
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
Chapter 6 – Goal sabotage
The False Hope Syndrome
The gap between a ‘nice idea’ and execution
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
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
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
Chapter 10 – The Alcohol Paradox
Alcohol and weight – the Alcohol Paradox
Chapter 11 – Carbohydrate: the ultimate hunter
How we are hunted
McDonald’s – better at it than Freud
Advertising at its best
Chapter 12 – Carbohydrates: using GL to sort the good, the bad
& the suicidal
Using Glycemic Load to sort our carbs
The Low Sacrifice Switching Game
How does GL relate to calories and sugar content?
Don’t trust your refrigerator
True love is helping someone special lose weight
Portion size still matters
The role of meal replacements
You can’t fix a leak if you can’t find it
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
Chapter 14 – Sabotage-proofing through setbacks
Making setbacks learning experiences
Failure has to be created
Chapter 15 – Obesity-proofing our children: a battle of love 167
The gift of indoctrination
Are parents making things worse?
Food as a language of love
Modeling food as a mood elevating drug
Love is not a feeling