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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.