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Slimming in My Attic

All the material from "Weight Loss - A Neurolinguistic Perspective."

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Four Ways not to lose weight.

1. Skipping meals

Going hungry is a disaster when it comes to weight loss. Breakfast is the most common meal that is missed by would-be dieters. This is a disaster, when hungry the body releases hormones that prepare the body to store body fat at the next intake of calories.

Also, a hungry person will tend to crave high flavour, high calories, high energy foods, and will be prone to picking at treats rather than eating healthily.

2. Crash diets

Crash diets typically involve some weird fixation on a particular intake of a certain food, such as cabbage, and will seriously restrict calorie intake. The recommended calorie intake will be below that which is optimal, so the body starts to burn up its own fat to make up for the missing energy.

This is the principle behind all weight loss programs, but crash diets can leave the body in a poor state, so that when normal eating is resumed, you will rapidly pile the weight back on.

3. Purging

Popular with the ancient Romans at feasts, purging enabled them to eat all day, and never have to refuse a course. Just pity the poor peasants that had to carry and hold the basins into which the nobles puked. The places in which people puked were called, "vomitariums." Naturally. Vomiting was often induced by inserting a peacock feather down the throat. Lovely!

Not only is such practice really bad for the body, but the gastric juices help rot the teeth and such behaviour is a good precurser to developing full blown bulimia. Life can be threatened by the malabsorption of essential nutrients and trace elements and serious damage can occur through loss of vital electrolytes.

4. Having your jaws wired together

Not so common these days, unsurprisingly, but there was a time when people would be admitted to a clinic to have the jaws wired together so that the only food they could consume would be through a straw. In short, the patent ends up on a liquid diet.

Still carried out under the nicely named OJW (orthodontic jaw wiring) this extreme method was never very popular, and some patients would rip the wiring out themselves, sometimes taking the teeth with them in order to get at the food they craved.

Herein lies the problem. Once the wires are removed, the patient will invariably return to their former dietary habits, thus nullifying the earlier nightmare of having their jaws wired up.

As a result, some patients have their jaws wired up annually for a fixed period of time, thus creating a strange kind of yo-yo diet.


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