Losing Weight The Healthy Way

Losing Weight The Healthy Way
Photo Credit "Day 44/365 - An apple a day..." is copyright (c) 2014 Natasia Causse and made available under CC BY 2.0 licence

Photo Credit “Day 44/365 – An apple a day…” is copyright (c) 2014 Natasia Causse and made available under CC BY 2.0 licence

When Ali and I first met I weighed 10 stone and was a comfortable size 12.  I felt good and looked good (if I say so myself) but over the course of our relationship (11 years this coming October) we’ve both put on weight.

Some people call it contentment but if I’m honest for me it’s just plain old laziness.

It doesn’t help that we both work from home now so instead of a 10 minute walk to the rail station, 45 minutes commute then another 20 minutes walk to get to the office I can now be at my desk in about 9 steps!

Don’t get me wrong, I love working from home and feel very blessed to be doing so.

I am now almost 5 stone heavier and a size 18 (ok maybe 20 if the cut’s tight). I haven’t been happy about this weight gain but at the same time have lacked any self-motivation to do anything about it.

Personally I don’t believe in dieting as you shouldn’t have to deny yourself anything and once I know I can’t eat something (like chocolate, cakes or biscuits) that’s all I can think about eating!

This is the initial reason why I was attracted to Paul McKenna’s I Can Make You Thin plan. It basically consists of four steps which will notICMYT only help you to lose weight healthfully and slowly but will forever change your eating habits.

His whole plan consists of these four golden rules.

  • Step 1 – When you’re hungry, eat.
  • Step 2 – Eat what you want, not what you think you should eat.
  • Step 3 – Eat consciously and enjoy every mouthful.
  • Step 4 – When you think you’re full, stop eating.

As long as you follow these 4 rules above you cannot fail to lose weight.

Let’s break the rules down and dig a little deeper as to what exactly they mean.

Step 1 – When you’re hungry, eat.

It doesn’t matter if you ate an hour ago, or 5 minutes ago. When your stomach tells you you’re hungry, EAT

Step 2 – Eat what you want, not what you think you should eat.

Easy huh? You will be surprised how many times you will think or say out loud “I shouldn’t be eating that, it’s naughty”. There is no naughty or banned foods. If you fancy chocolate then eat chocolate. Likewise if you fancy a cream cake (and you’re genuinely hungry) then have it. As long as you follow steps 3 and 4 when you eat it you can have whatever you like.

Step 3 – Eat consciously and enjoy every mouthful.

In other words eat slowly, savouring the taste of your food and chew thoroughly before swallowing. One of the main reasons for slowing down eating is to allow you to recognise and get used to the signal from your stomach that tells you when you’re full.

Step 4 – When you think you’re full, stop eating.

If you’re bolting your food down at a rate of knots then you’re probably going to miss the signal from your stomach or by the time you do register it, it’s too late as you’ve finish what was in front of you. This step takes practice as most people aren’t aware of this signal but persevere as it is there, I promise.
 
One thing I learnt with step 4 is that it’s very easy to overeat so if in doubt stop eating. The worse that will happen is that you will be hungry again and you then start back at step 1.

On the plan Paul McKenna recommends using a hunger scale to gage how hungry you are. Ideally you should eat when you register between 4 and 3 on the scale.

Top Tip: If you’re feeling hungry but you’re only registering around the higher numbers then try drinking a glass of water as it may be you’re thirsty and not hungry after all (our brain is unable to tell the difference between being thirsty and hungry).

If you like the sound of losing weight without the normal food restrictions then watch below for a quick summary about the I Can Make You Thin plan from the man himself.

I’m still trying to master the steps myself and I know I need to be more mindful of signals from my stomach. It is harder than you think especially, if like me, you were brought up to always eat what was in front of you and not be wasteful.

Essentially you need to relearn everything you’ve had drilled into you as a child and really start listening to your body.

Have you tried I Can Make You Thin? Let me know via the comments below.

Until next time,

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4 Comments

  1. Eve Greenwood
    31 Aug 2015

    I stumbled across this post when I was doing some research regarding Paul McKenna’s I Can Make You Thin program.

    I was quite curious about this plan but your post has convinced me to give it a go, so thank you!

    Eve

    • Kate_H
      28 Oct 2015

      Hi Eve,

      Glad to hear you are going to give the plan a go. Please let me know how you get on as it’s great to hear how people are doing.

      For myself it’s been a little up and down but I am persevering with it. 🙂

      I’m still cleaning up this post as for some reason all the formatting has disappeared but please bookmark it as I will be adding more info as and when.

      Good luck with I Can Make You Thin!

  2. Ali
    27 Mar 2015

    You can do it if you really want to 🙂 I’m onto PMK’s Freedom from Emotional Eating and it makes a LOT of sense. Great post.

    • Kate
      27 Mar 2015

      Hello you!

      Thanks for your comment, it’s nice to know someone is reading… lol

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