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I dieted myself fat

Personally, I found out the hard way that conventional methods of weight loss don't work.

For six years I tried in vain to lose weight the conventional way; eat less, move more, and keep going until you reach your ideal weight.

Although I was able to lose a few kilos at the start of new weight loss attempts, invariably I'd hit an invisible wall of resistance. I'd suddenly get inexplicably hungry and start craving all sorts of anti-diet foods. Things like lasagna, sausages or crackers with cheese and salami….all the things I was trying to avoid.

Even if I summoned huge gusts of willpower to resist my hunger and keep going with the diet, inevitably my weight would plateau and stay disappointingly the same. I'd start cheating, and that would gradually spiral out of control into bingeing. I'd binge for days and sometimes weeks, making up for past deprivations and preparing myself for my next weight loss attempt.

And what was the result of trying to lose weight the conventional way? Pictures of me say it all.

What the experts say...

"Dear Amanda, I just wanted to write you an email to thank you for changing my life in such an important way. I was an overweight child and obese as a young adult consequently most of my life has been about battling with my weight. After losing weight with a popular weigh loss group when I was 19 I thought I had solved the problem but I was wrong. Post weight loss I could no longer lead a normal life if I wanted to stay thin. I would breakdown in tears every time I had to go out for dinner because I knew it would result in more weight gain and I began to exercise obsessively and get furious if anything interfered with my grueling regime. This abnormal behavior did not help my weight problem though and after a year of gradual gain I began cycles of starving myself, which would inevitably be followed by a binge. This went on for two years with me trying to hide my problem from people. Within 4 years I had gained 8 of the 20 kilos I had originally lost. A year ago I read your book and at first I thought it must be too good to be true because the only way I had ever known weight loss to happen was through starvation and suffering. Six months later however I decided I had nothing to lose by giving it ago. The change has been gradual. Firstly I threw out my scales then I started drinking full cream milk (something I have longed to do since I was 12 years old when I was first forced to swap to skim milk because of my weight problem). After this I worked on being able to gauge when I was full (I never had a problem gauging hunger). This took a long time because I was so used to eating carefully weighed portions. In six short months, though, the binging has stopped, I no longer have a breakdown at the thought of going out to dinner and I have already lost 4 kilos. So thank you Amanda, your wise words have given me the courage to change for good and now I know I will never have to be fat again."

- Hayley, QLD