I owe a lot to the late, great Allen Carr because he has saved my life twice. 12-years ago he helped me to quit smoking and three years ago he helped me quit drinking. So could he do it a third time? Could Allen Carr actually help me to control my eating? He wouldn’t be saving my life – as he had done the previous two-times – but he would be helping me solve a puzzle that has been bothering me for quite a while. Why do I eat like a pig!
The Easyweigh to Lose Weight is a very quick book to read. Carr starts his counter-brainwashing by focusing on the animal kingdom. Why is it that you never see a fat animal unless human beings have domesticated it? The obvious answer is that wild animals only eat when they are hungry, and they stop when they aren’t. If you are going to eat more than you can shit, then you have a problem on your hands.
Next he tells you that diets will not work. He is not the first person to stumble upon this truth and he won’t be the last. Diets just create oscillation. The human yo-yo effect of bouncing between highly deprived states and highly gluttonous ones. Carr is the master when it comes to understanding the problem that deprivation can have when someone is trying to change a habit. He managed to persuade me to quit smoking and drinking by realising that there was nothing to actually give up. This realisation enables you to quit without feeling deprived. But eating is different. You can’t just quit eating like you can quit the booze and cigarettes.
When it comes to food Carr navigates you towards taste and hunger. He gets you to see that your intake of food and drink has more to do with societal conditioning than actual yummy, scrummy food. As I recently wrote in my blog post about oysters, I was already starting to question why I ate what I ate. Now, after devouring this book I believe that there are very few foods that I eat because I like the taste. In fact, I now realise that I don’t even like the taste of my favourite food!
Carr tells you that you can eat as much of your favourite foods as you want to, and you will find your ideal weight, if you follow these instructions. Now before you go running off thinking you can eat chicken tikka masala every night, think again. It might be your favourite food today, but once you have finished with Allen Carr’s book it is doubtful that it will be tomorrow.
So after saving my life twice, Allen Carr is about to change my life for a third time. My brain is buzzing. I am questioning everything that I eat and drink. My taste buds have come alive and I am more mindful than ever when it comes to the question of what I eat. If you have a problem with your weight, and are seeking some help, then I recommend this book.
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