12 diets, 12 months – Self help books

And so another month has ticked by and it is time for me to choose diet number three in my year long weight loss challenge to try twelve different diets in twelve months.

December was always going to be a tricky month because Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier each year and I lurve Christmas …..!  Therefore, rather than set myself up for a fall by choosing a diet that gives me a calorie allowance of 1,000 a day (not going to happen in December) or one that allows me to eat as much plain pasta as I want but very little mince pies or stollen (again not going to happen in December) I thought I would try to address some of the underlying psychological reasons for my weight gain and my failure to lose weight since adulthood.

Midway through the Happy Heart plan last month I realised, or was perhaps reminded, of just how difficult I find it to stick to a diet plan.  The reason for this must be psychological as neither of the diets I’ve tried so far are so complicated or whacky that they can’t be followed and, in the case of the Happy Heart plan, hunger wasn’t the issue as I could eat as much as I like.

With this in mind I am going to adopt the principles advocated in some of the leading self-help books in the weight loss sphere.  This is an area that I’ve never really dabbled in before, opting to try to tackle the symptom rather than the cause in my past weight loss attempts, so this is going to be pretty new territory for me.

I am going to start with a book called ‘Artful Eating‘ by Karina Melvin, found on Amazon and with the following blurb on her website:

LASTING WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT.
Rediscover the magic of eating for pleasure and enjoy a life of balance with the freedom to eat the foods you want without dieting. We have lost sight of the most vital ingredient when it comes to losing weight and loving our body: the mind. Lasting weight loss is not about what you eat, but why and how you eat. If you’re ready to feel freedom around food and fall in love with flavours, then join Artful Eating now. Weight loss will be a joyous consequence.

I liked the sound of this book because there are lots of actions and exercises for the reader to complete, along with free audio on her website such as a ‘visualisation’ track.  As I said, all very new territory for me.

Wish me luck!

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