WelcomeAs a weight loss scientist, I'm excited to share two areas of cutting edge science that will make it easier for you to lose weight and keep it off.
If you've ever tried to lose weight, you'll know the Famine Reaction. You've lost a few kilos, you're feeling good, you're doing all the right things…when you suddenly stop losing weight and you start feeling really hungry.
That's your Famine Reaction, a survival mechanism that protects you from wasting away.
So what do you do about it?
If you're following a conventional weight loss program, you struggle on. You resist your hunger, and you might do more exercise.
As a scientist with over 17 years of medical research experience, it's now clear that the conventional approach exacerbates the Famine Reaction and makes it even harder to lose weight.
The exciting news from medical research is that you can switch off the Famine Reaction and lose weight more effectively.
By simply eating the types and amounts of mostly nutritious foods that satisfy you. Sounds too good to be true, but having lost 28 kilos and kept if off for 9 years as you'll see from my photos at right, and having seen others experience similar success, I know it works.
The other ground breaking scientific concept I want to share with you is your Fat Brake and how to use it to keep the weight off.
Just as your body has a Famine Reaction to protect you from losing weight, it also has a Fat Brake that protects you from gaining weight.
For instance let's imagine you gain a kilo or two over the holidays. Your Fat Brake then revs up your metabolic rate and cuts your appetite. So if you simply follow your hunger signals you lose that excess weight automatically.
When you know how to tame your Famine Reaction and boost your Fat Brake as I describe in The Don't Go Hungry Diet, you can lose weight and keep it off with less effort than ever before.
To see these principles in action for yourself, click here to read Chapter 1 of my book The Don't Go Hungry Diet.
- Dr Amanda Sainsbury-Salis, PhD
What our readers say...
"Dear Amanda, I recently read your book a second time. The first time I read it, I was impressed but it took me another year before I was ready to seriously have a go. I am now on my third month of keeping a success diary. I have lost 4 kg, 3 in the first month and 1 in the second. I always have eaten a relatively healthy diet but I have had to learn to leave food on my plate. We grow a lot of our own food and I am a dedicated cook, so it was hard to get used to the idea that throwing food away was actually less wasteful than eating it when I have had enough. That was a big challenge, but I think I can do it now. Keeping the success diary has made me more aware of when I am up to 3+ and I can stop before I get to 4+. I was a bit disappointed to only lose 1 kg in March but encouraged by all the stories in your book and in your newsletter that losing weight slowly is the way to lose it for ever. I wonder if the slow down in weight loss is evidence of the Famine reaction setting in? In the past I would have been so discouraged at this point that I would have given up the diet. But this isn’t really a diet that I can give up, but a whole different way of thinking about eating. The really big difference to my weight loss attempts this time is that I got the exercise component. I never found ‘going for a walk’ very meaningful, so now I park the car 2kms away from the shops or wherever I am going and walk 2kms there and 2kms back, which feels more meaningful to me. I think in the past I didn’t walk for long enough to experience the benefits of walking and gave up on it because it was time consuming and pointless. Now I have lost weight and sleep better and feel more energetic. I am addicted to my pedometer and try to do 12, 000 steps 4 times a week and 10,000 the other days. I really think this is why I have been able to lose weight this time, more meaningful than my eating patterns. Thank you for your work and I look forward to reading the new book when it is finished. Sally"