Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
From: (Callie)
Date: 18 Nov 1995 08:58:50 GMT
Subject: Re: Herbs and weight loss

>I'm just too tempted by sweets and I find it difficult to limit how much I eat of certain foods -- not always sweets -- because they simply taste too good to stop.

One hint here ... don't buy them, don't keep them in the house. If they aren't lying around, you won't be tempted.

When you really want them, buy "one" (cone, sweet roll, small bag of chips) to eat and really concentrate on the pleasure of eating it. And buy the BEST, buy what you REALLY want. The "too good to stop" makes me think you are eating something that is "close but not quite" to what you want, or that you are denying yourself the food for so long that you go into a binge.

I persuaded a client to do that ... instead of keeping and eating gallons of "low-fat" ice cream, she began walking to the local ice cream parlor and ordering a single scoop of the real thing. She went from three gallons a week of phony ice cream to one or two scoops of real ice cream. With that and other changes in diet and lifestyle she lost a couple of pounds a week .. for a year and a half ... with no serious effort except the walking.

>I'm not necessarily looking for a diet pill that will allow me to eat as much as I want of any food I want. What I'm looking to help me maintain some *control* over what I eat.

Don't do anything else while you eat. Sit down at the table, shut off the TV, put down the book, and concentrate on what you are eating. Ask yourself why you like the food, does it taste good enough to warrant continuing, and eat slowly enough to let your appetite control catch up with your intake.

(this advice from someone who has always been a picky eater, a slow eater and a thin person ... I think they are connected)