Do Diets Work?

Hello World

How is it going this New Year?

Diet seems to be the hot topic on our agenda.

That word DIET brings up stuff for most of us.

Diet has two meanings according to our Concise Oxford English Dictionary (1):

1.      the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats.
2.      a special course of food to which a person restricts themselves to lose weight or for medical reasons.

Eating the same kinds of food constantly is a diet because the dictionary has told us.

What happens if we keep eating similar foods day in day out?
Are we changing anything by ‘habitually’ eating the same foods?
Are we actually supporting our body by sticking to the same foods?
Are we aware of what our body is communicating with our eating habits?

Are our repeated food behaviour patterns serving us?
Are our habitual kinds of foods offering us true nourishment?
Are our habits of ‘eating 3 meals a day’ working for us?

Are our food habits keeping us in our comfort?
Are our same same habits boring us?
Are our fixed food habits supporting us to truly evolve?

There is much here to consider if we think that a good diet is sticking to what you have always done and not going out of the box so to speak.

Next – the diet we need to follow because of medical reasons.

How do we honestly feel when we get told we have to change our food habits?
How do we react when a medical professional tells us we cannot eat this or that?
How do we start thinking when our health depends on what we put into our mouth?
How is life when when we are forced to change against our will, because of medical reasons?

This blog will focus on the meaning most of us relate to when we hear the word ‘diet’, which is weight loss.

Every New Year, the media is covered with the latest diets, which of course are different every single year.

WHY?

Have we bothered to stop and ask the WHY questions?

WHY is our priority suddenly the latest diet?
WHY is our focus placed on being slim and not healthy?
WHY is cabbage soup after a Christmas binge not feeling great?

WHY do we need another new diet?
WHY do we want an exciting diet?
WHY do diets change our moods?

WHY do we put so much pressure at each New Year on dieting?
WHY do we think the glossy magazines are real life pictures?
WHY do we struggle so much with our body shape?

WHY are we so fixed on changing our body shape?
WHY are we so fixated on food and dieting?

WHY are diet apps not cutting it for us?
WHY are there so many diet books to choose from?
WHY are we demanding others to tell us what to eat?

WHY are Fad diets not helping us with our weight issues?
WHY are the happy feel good diets not delivering happiness?
WHY are we constantly thinking about food when we go on a diet?

WHY are we committed to diet but no other areas of our lives?
WHY are diets not sustainable long term?

WHY has last year’s diet stopped working for us?
WHY has every diet failed to bring long-term satisfaction?

WHY do diet regimes damage our hormonal system?
WHY do diets make it biologically difficult to lose weight?
(2)

WHY can diets lead to eating disorders?

WHY do we keep coming back to the concept of diets, even though we know deep down they do not work?

WHY are our diets not working?

WHY are we so desperate to be thin?
WHY are calorie restricted regimes making us frustrated?

WHY are we ignoring our body most of the time?
WHY are we not asking how the excess got there in the first place?
WHY are we not prepared to look at the whole big picture?

WHY do we starve ourselves in the name of diet?
WHY do we embark on the latest diet as if it something different?

WHY do we want quick and fast results?
WHY do we diet for others to see us differently?

WHY are diet books so boring?
WHY are diet cook books not sustaining for us?
WHY are we following our favourite celebrity diet?

WHY do we discard our diets books so quickly?
WHY do we go on crash diets?
WHY do we diet for a special day?

WHY are we so dis-honest when it comes to diet?
WHY are our best intentions not enough?
Why are we piling on more fat when we go on that new diet?

WHY are our supermarket shelves filled with tempting foods?
WHY are we banging on about diets every New Year?
WHY are diets lacking inspiration in the long term?

WHY are all diets not giving us what we want consistently?
WHY are some of our ‘healthy’ advisors on food and nutrition not looking that great?
WHY are we listening to people who tell us to diet and cut out this and that but they are still doing it?

WHY do we have a set picture in our mind about what we want as the end result from our latest diet?

WHY have we not considered that our ugly choices might be the reason why we need to grab a New Year diet?

WHY do we crave the bikini body?
WHY do we have this false ideal to be thin?
WHY do we want to pump up the muscles in a false way?

WHY does dieting lead to over-eating?
WHY does the word diet bring up so many images in our head?

WHY are diet meal replacement drinks half price at New Year?
WHY are there so many diets out there and they just keep coming?
WHY are the media reporting on the dangers of fast diets at New Year?
(3)

WHY do we think a diet that our ancestors had is going to work for us now?

WHY do we always give up on diets at some point and move onto a new diet?

We all know we just don’t wake up one day with a big belly and a double chin overnight.

Most slimmers fail looking for a quick fix over a few weeks.
The excess weight probably took months, if not years to go on, so weight loss can take time.
Dr Alexandra Johnstone of the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health (4)

We all know that something is not right and on goes the weight.
We all know that our ‘common sense hat’ is nowhere on our radar and we seem to go on our merry-go-round every January doing the same thing.

WHY do we bother to convince ourselves that this year there is going to be change?
WHY do we know deep down that we simply don’t like the word diet?
WHY do we feel diets are not a natural way?

WHY do we get so down when the scales tell us the truth?
WHY do we want to diet for other people to notice us?
WHY do we diet and then it all goes back on soon after?

WHY do we keep going back to the concept of diets?
WHY do we spend so much time thinking about food when we diet?

WHY do we have this irresponsible way of thinking that says –
“Let’s get rid of that excess eating and drinking as party season is now over and back to real life”.

WHY are we not educating ourselves about metabolism?
WHY are we not learning that excess eating does not work for our body?

WHY is it that our bodies cannot deal with excess and then extreme dieting?

WHY has our relationship with food changed so much?

Could it be possible that restriction of foods is not the answer for our body?
Could it be possible that we need to adopt a sensible approach for our diet?
Could it be possible that our body is not designed to be abused with food?

Could it be possible that our body reacts to excess of anything that is consumed?
Could it be possible that we love our comfort foods as it helps us bury our hurts?
Could it be possible that we like the sugar in foods as it keeps us going?

Could it be possible that we want a diet to change the shape of our body because we don’t like how we feel inside our body?

Could it be possible that our diet books are a solution to our irresponsible eating habits?

Could it be possible that our emotions dictate what we eat?
Could it be possible that we crave foods when we feel empty and dis-connected?
Could it be possible that we eat when we are bored?

Could it be possible we eat to reward ourselves?
Could it be possible we eat foods that protect us from hurting anymore?
Could it be possible we go for the wrong foods to dull our awareness?

Could it be possible we shove food down us when we feel amazing?
Could it be possible our food choices are not allowing us to evolve?
Could it be possible that this is why we feel stuck in our lives?

Could it be possible that fast foods get us addicted as we do not register the food in our belly, so we seek more of the same?

Could it be possible that we have a habit of over-eating when we are not feeling great?

Could it be possible that our eating habits need refining – adjusting so to speak, depending on where we are at in our lives?

Could it be possible that foods that supported us in the past, no longer do?

Example – Bread
Could it be possible that bread is not needed because it contains gluten which is a glue?

Could it be possible that we eat fillers like bread, cake and pastries to fill ourselves up?

Could it be possible that we continue to eat foods that cause us discomfort because we just like the taste in our mouths?

Could it be possible that these gluten filled foods, leave us bloated and hungry soon after we have eaten them?

Could it be possible that these empty foods do not offer us any true nourishment?

Could it be possible that we opt for the convenient quick route when it comes to eating?

Could it be possible that we limit our foods to fit into what our limited mind is telling us?

Can we even consider life without toast and sandwiches?

Could it be possible that we go on a diet because we have a picture, an image of how we want to look and feel?

Have we ever wondered WHY animals only eat what they need to and never anymore?

2016 Global Weight Loss and Diet Industry Report is a professional in-depth detailed research report on the world major market conditions of the Weight Loss and Diet Industry. The focus is on analysing the main regions which are – North America, Europe and Asia. The main countries are United States, Germany, Japan and China. (5)

The market conditions analysed include the product price, profit, capacity, production, capacity utilization, supply, demand and industry growth rate etc.

This 149 page report costing $2,850 introduces the Weight Loss and Diet basics: definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain overview; industry polices and plans; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures and more…

There are six parts dealing with:
1       Basic Information
2       Asia Weight Loss and Diet Industry
3       North American Weight Loss and Diet Industry
4       European Weight Loss and Diet Industry
5       Market Entry and Investment Feasibility
6       Report Conclusion

What does this mean to us jo public reading a blog?
What bit did we get lost at?
Who reads all this stuff?

Do we know that this report is because we the general public are spending big bucks and contributing to this Diet and Weight Loss Industry?

Can we get our head around the fact that this business is worth over $200,000,000,000? –
Those big numbers mean two hundred billion dollars!

How can something be worth so much but the truth is we do not seem to be getting anywhere?

Is anything in our world making any sense to us on the street?

Check out these facts –

Britain’s diet industry is worth an estimated £2 billion (£2,000,000,000). (2)
Mintel reports that £1.18 billion (£1,180,000,000) of diet foods were sold in 2013. (2)

Our devotion to weight-loss foods shows that we are buying into the diet concept – not that we are eating more healthy.
It is an industry that thrives on failure.
The diet industry is a money-making industry and if people were not coming back to the diet groups, they would not have repeat business.
But eventually under all those diets, because they’re not sustainable long term, the majority of people will put the weight back on after five years with no effect.
Siri Steinmo, Health Psychology Practitioner
 (2)

The company was successful because 84% of customers can’t keep the weight off and keep coming back. That is where your business comes from.
Richard Samber, former Finance Director of Weight Watcher (2)

Fad diets leave people with no coping mechanisms or strategy for maintaining their weight loss.
Extreme regimes can create an unhealthy fixation with food.
Dieting makes you obsessed with food because it makes you hungry.
Dieting has a negative effect on mood because you are in a state of deprivation.
It impacts on your cognitive abilities because you need so much control devoted to dieting that it limits your other areas of activity.
Professor Jason Halford
Ph.D. C.Psychol. (Health) AFBPsS (2)

So here we have a bigwig who has been involved in heaps of studies and writes in many publications and presents globally on matters relating to physiology, behaviour, nutrition, obesity, food, diets and just about everything we need to know about. This man knows his stuff and it is well worth us paying attention to what he is saying here about diets and WHY they simply do not work for us.

WHY are Fad diets not working for us at New Year or any other time of the year?
What does Fad mean?

The internet definition tells us – an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived.

Our reliable Concise Oxford English Dictionary tells us simply – it is a Craze. (1)

WHY do we place such an extreme demand on our precious body?

Could it be possible that if we join the dots there could be a simple clue here?
Could it be possible the intensity comes with a force so it is not our natural choice?
Could it be possible that this un-natural way of living is WHY it is short-lived?
Could it be possible that the enjoyment is not real so it simply does not last?
Could it be possible that the ra ra is because others jump on the band-wagon?
Could it be possible that short-term distraction suits our lifestyle?

Could it be possible that Fad diets achieve widespread popularity but soon become last season, as it is replaced by the next new Fad diet?

Diets simply don’t work.
A recent US study published in the Journal of Health Psychology highlighted that around a third of adults claim to be dieting at any given time, with the majority of adults having tried to lose weight at some point in their lives.
Dr Sally Norton, NHS Weight Loss Consultant Surgeon (6)

In World War 2, Dr Ancel Keys conducted a year long study on 36 young men, who had been excused from the armed forces. Dr Keys placed them on a restricted diet. The purpose of the study was to see how people react under such conditions and to learn how to safely and successfully refeed starving nations. (7)

The men experienced –
Lethargy
Irritability
Anxiety
Dizziness
Intolerance to the cold (requesting blankets in the middle of summer)
Muscle soreness
Hair loss
Reduced co-ordination
Edema (swelling)
Ringing in the ears
Inability to concentrate
No sex drive
Obsession about food
Collecting recipes and cookbooks
Eating with elaborate rituals
Adding water to their plates to make their food last longer
Buying donuts for children so they could watch them eat
Excessive chewing of gum
Stealing food, including from bins
Stopping at shops and eating sundaes
Psychological stress – one became suicidal, the other cut off 3 of his fingers
Both were admitted to psychiatric hospitals

Research analysts Datamonitor found that after losing weight only 1 in 100 people successfully kept the weight off, a year after they lost weight. (2)

A typical dieter makes 4 attempts each year to try and lose weight. (8)

The global weight loss and weight management market is expected to reach $206.4 billion by 2019.

Factors such as –

Rising obesity rates
Increasing risks of lifestyle diseases
Increasing number of bariatric surgeries
Increase in disposable incomes
Increase in technological advancements
Strong government support and funding

ALL the above factors are promoting growth of this market. (9)

108 million American adults were estimated to be dieting in 2012. (10)

Americans spend over $60,000,000,000 to lose weight every year.
That is approx. $800 per person, per year.
Out of the $60,000,000,000, about $3,000,000,000 is for weight loss chains. (8)

Diet pills and meal replacement solutions are a $3,000,000,000 market. (8)

Home delivery services for diet food are a $1,000,000,000 business.
$300,000,000,000 fast food industry.
$100,000,000,000 junk food industry. (8)

Hello

Is this making any sense?
Can we join the dots here?
This is one country who has an obesity crisis and these figures confirm why.
Is diet simply a solution?

Is any diet a form of ‘reductionism’?
In other words, we go for the quick ‘band aid to the bullet wound’ approach because we want to fix the problem in the hope that it will just go away.

Why are we not stopping and asking how come we are consuming so much fast foods and junk foods?

WHY are we demanding more of the foods that make us obese?
What is going on for us that we need to eat junk food?

Does eating junk food give us a life that feels like junk?
Is fast food supporting our ‘on the go’ fast lifestyle?

Are we as individuals not willing to take responsibility for what we eat?
Are we making sure the diet industry makes money out of our ill choices?

What if there is another way?


Tim Bowyer was over 27 stone, which is morbidly obese.
Photo 1 is after a raw food detox in USA for 21 days where he lost over 4 stone (25kg, 55 pounds)

Photo 2 No diet and No exercise regime.
Just simple Lifestyle choices inspired by the work of Serge Benhayon.

After spending thousands of pounds to lose a few pounds (pun intended) on a 21 day intense raw food diet, with no TV or radio I lost weight daily. At the end of the detox, back at the airport I made sure I got there 5 hours early to reward myself with some “real food”. My first course was a hot dog, crisps and soda. Main course was a family size pizza. At the stop over flight change, I ate a Chinese meal.

The raw food detox is simply not sustainable because it just did not feel true to eat that sort of food. Cold raw food all the time never felt like nurturing or nourishing foods.

The detox is based on cutting out Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Alcohol, Caffeine, Meat and Fish so the natural consequence of that is weight loss. But this weight loss was not sustainable because I could not see myself eating raw foods for the rest of my life. So I got back home and piled on the pounds eating plenty of gluten and dairy products and drinking alcohol most days. – Tim Bowyer

Dear World

Is it time we stopped blaming the diet industry?

Is it high time we got real and honest?

Is it time to change our priority in life?

Is it time to start making food choices which work for us?

Is it time we started to look at what the diet and food industry are doing as a collective to all of our nations’ bodies?

Is it time to look at what part we are playing in this game where we will never win?

Are we ready to take RESPONSIBILITY to make sensible eating a way of life that does not restrict us but truly supports us – like Tim Bowyer?

That simply means we call the shots as we start to listen to what our body wants.

We then commit to living a life that is about being honest about everything that is not working.

We choose to feel what to eat and then check in with how we feel after we have eaten.

We say no to abuse and our dis-regarding attitude when it comes to food and other lifestyle choices.

In answer to the title question – DO DIETS WORK?

NO – we just cannot sustain something that restricts us in anyway. We are a race of beings that are constantly changing. We are not the same everyday even if we force our food habits, day in and day out, into our tired exhausted body which is calling for change.

References

(1) Concise Oxford English Dictionary – Twelfth Edition. Oxford University Press. 2011

(2) Goldhill, O. (2014, August 1). A Nation of Weight Watchers: Is Our Obsession with Thin Making Us Fat? Retrieved January 6, 2017 from
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/11003614/A-nation-of-weight-watchers-Is-our-obsession-with-thin-making-us-fat.html

(3) (2017, January 3). Doctors Issue New Year Detox Health Warning. Retrieved January 7, 2017 from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38495088

(4) Leaver, H. (2014, January 30). Companies Growing Fat as You Slim: The Growth of the Weight Loss Market. Retrieved January 4, 2017 from
http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/30/companies-growing-fat-as-you-slim-the-growth-of-the-weight-loss-market-4282903/#ixzz4UiuuZdAM

(5) (2016, June). Global Weight Loss and Diet Industry 2016 Market Research Report. 9Dimen Research. Retrieved January 9, 2017 from
http://www.gosreports.com/global-weight-loss-and-diet-industry-2016-market-research-report/

(6) Jackson, A. (2017, January 5). What is the Milk Diet and Does It Work? Retrieved January 7, 2017 from
http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/health/diet/what-is-the-milk-diet-and-does-it-work-11364130508837

(7) Dean, E. (2011, March 24). Dieting Can Make You Lose Your Mind. Retrieved January 4, 2017 from  https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201103/dieting-can-make-you-lose-your-mind

(8) (2016, April 7). The Weight Loss Industry by Numbers. Retrieved January 7, 2017 from  http://www.fooducate.com/app#!page=post&id=57034AEE-364E-1DE1-4E44-B7BACFB5F72B

(9) (2015, April 23). Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Market 2015 – 2019 – Fitness Equipment, Surgical, Diet & Weight Loss Services Analysis. Retrieved January 7, 2017 from
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-weight-loss-and-weight-management-market-2015-2019—fitness-equipment-surgical-diet–weight-loss-services-analysis-300071062.html

(10) (n.d). Diet and Weight Loss Statistics. Retrieved January 7, 2017 from
http://www.fitnessforweightloss.com/diet-and-weight-loss-statistics/

 

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  1. Although I have never had a weight issue in my life, I have tried different diets from books to help me with exhaustion issues and emotional stuff. None of them worked.
    I understand now that I was just avoiding listening to my body and did not want to take responsibility for my food. I wanted someone else to tell me what to do.

    It is interesting to me that I understand that my body knows exactly what it needs to eat. I use to watch sheep grazing and I wondered how they knew which types of forage to eat. Of course they did not think about it, the just knew when they had had enough grass and they needed a little dandylion. So why did I give away my power to a book written by someone that has no idea who I am? Do I actually believe they know better than me about what I need to eat?

    It all comes back to taking responsibility for my life and regaining the trust I had in myself when I was a baby and knew exactly what I needed to eat.

  2. The outrageous amount of money spent by dieters and raked in by the diet industry show that we have a huge desire to lose weight… but the statistics also show that none of that is working… why do we put up with this futility? What don’t we want to see?

    Is it possible that there is a true way to lose weight and it is mentioned in this blog?
    Is it possible that Simple Living Global is sharing the truth about diets because there is a known way to live which leads to a natural return to healthy weight and is sustainable and being lived by many?

    For me, I know there is a way that is true because I am one of the many who, with the support and inspiration of Simple Living Global,has worked hard to get more honest about everything I was doing and choosing that was not working for me and one of the many positive responses my body had was I dropped a stone of weight I carried for 20 years.

    It seems that holding one’s self accountable on a level that brings real change is not part of our mainstream consciousness but this web site is for humanity, so it is all being laid out here for us…

    I caused myself a lot of trouble skirting around the truth that I have always know (inside) because true truth is so simple and it leaves me no room to avoid dealing with the fact that I use food to medicate and dumb down so I do not have to ‘feel’ and know so much and then take responsibility from that place of greater awareness…

    The work I do to continue getting more self honest and take more responsibility for myself has real purpose and implications for us all.

  3. Amazing blog Simple Living Global. Tim Bowyers true story is an inspiration for us all – one to be shouted from the roof tops. I know for myself I tried many diets – not because I was overweight but for other reasons, e.g. because I felt uncomfortable in my own skin and felt I needed to ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’. When I wanted to ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’ I realise now it was not so much the physical aspect I wanted to clear – as by then I was eating organic no dairy home cooked foods, and my weight wasn’t a problem, it was because of the emotions that ran wild through my body, the buried hurts that I hadn’t healed, and my general discomfort with being out in the world – and they made me feel ‘unclean’ so I would detox to try and feel better – but no detox ever changed how I felt emotionally or dealt with the buried hurts I had. So weight, and our relationship with food, and diet is not all it seems, there is more to it than meets the eye. By changing our food for a few weeks and ‘dieting’ we are only putting an Elastoplast over something that is un dealt with about the way we are living. By looking at our life lovingly and the choices we make, and making new lifestyle changes, and taking responsibility for our un dealt with hurts , deepening our self-care and becoming more aware of ourselves, and more self-honest, that in itself starts to support us in re-learning how to eat, what to eat, when to eat.

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      Thank You Jane for confirming another amazing blog from Simple Living Global.
      Tim Bowyers story really is something different and it is amazing and an inspiration as you say for all of us. This is not photos that have been doctored, tampered with or airbrush business going on. The other thing is the man looks alive after the weight loss and joyfull.

      I just saw an advertisement with before and after weight loss saying a certain type of foot wear was the reason this person lost loads of weight but the after photo looked like the man was not full of vitality and so it begs the question, do we need to look at the whole and not just focus on the weight loss?

      You mention relationship with food and this is a biggie for all of us if we are going to be honest and hence why so many questions are being asked in this blog which is presenting another way to live and have a relationship with food. No perfection needed but time to get deeply honest and real about what we are choosing to shove down our mouth everyday without even thinking.

  4. I could probably write a book the many diets I have been on over the years. I know now they simply Do Not Work. Could it be that we are looking at quick fixes rather than getting really HONEST about the way we are living and stop putting food and drinks in our bodies that deep down we know are not good for you. I have dropped nearly 3 stone over the past 3 years without dieting through the support of Simple Living Global. How is that possible some would say. It is, through really taking care of me and taking the focus away from diet and simple things like going to bed early. If you have a consistent sleep pattern of going to bed early you are less likely to pull on sugar and more likely to fuel your body with the right foods and not over eat. This is an amazing blog and Tim Bowyer is living proof that the Choices he has made and his inspiring transformation that diets do not work!

  5. I have seen recent news articles where there are now more people with obesity and over weight than those who are in famine/malnourished. Also in the news I’ve seen articles about how those who are obese or over weight, and those who are under weight, or even the supposed correct weight are malnourished as we have a problem with malnourishment – in that we may be eating but are we eating the correct foods that truly support our physical and physiological body at this time? We have vast arrays of choice of food in parts of the world in supermarkets, coffee shops and so on, but how much of the food out there is actually nourishing? A dental hygienist I know says she is observing in people’s mouths deep disregard with food, type of food, the way people are eating their food (as you can tell by looking at teeth and gums) – and that she has never seen so much disregard as she is seeing now. So this is a much needed conversation – whilst we may have food, technology, more research than ever, more access to online solutions etc – our relationship with food is not as it could be.

  6. I just saw a news article (from June 2016 in the Telegraph) that said “Currently around 18,000 Britons a year develop cancer because they are overweight but the figure is set to treble within two decades. It means that by 2035, more than 56,000 people a year will develop cancer simply because of they are too fat.” So there is definitely much to do as regards food, nutrition, dieting, and weight loss.

  7. Thanks for this blog, it covers a lot that needs to be said.
    It made me think about a 2 week yoga retreat that I attended nearly 20 years ago. The diet we were put on was raw food plus a few cooked vegetables, no coffee, tea or alcohol.. The first thing I did when I left the retreat was to stop at the first cafe I could find to get a hit of coffee, later that day I just couldn’t wait to eat meal with meat and have a cold beer. I just returned to the way I ate previously. I didn’t enjoy the food at the retreat and couldn’t wait to get back to ‘normal’.
    I have though, lost weight during the last few years, not by dieting, but purely through paying attention, being aware of how my body reacted to different food and drink. It is quite simple when you listen to what the body is communicating, I stopped drinking alcohol and coffee because they gave me heartburn. I started to experiment with other areas, gluten and starchy foods made me feel heavy and lethargic, I stopped eating them and I started feeling lighter and more alert. I had, for many years struggled to breathe through my nose, particularly at night, I stopped all dairy products and after a few months, I had much clearer airways.
    When I experience these gifts, that enable a much better quality of life there is no way I can return to eating and drinking these products. I have also lost nearly 3 stone (17kg) during this process. I feel fitter and healthier than I have ever done before and I will continue to refine my foods and listen carefully to the messages my body is sending to me.
    Being aware and more present with my body and taking responsibility for my own health and wellbeing.

  8. Something that comes through loudly for me in this blog, the statistics and in your comment, Michael, is how sold out we are to pictures. In this case, pictures of what we’re ‘supposed’ to look like – of what an ideal body type is. We get bombarded with these pictures in the press, on tv, in magazines, on bill boards: ‘perfect’ people with ‘perfect’ bodies. No wonder the diet industry is so huge: we’ve sold out to an image and it has nothing to do with true vitality and it has nothing to do with taking responsibility for our own wellbeing first, with our weight as a direct result of those choices. Imagine if the next diet craze was to “look at what food represents to us and how we use it to cope with the stresses of daily life”. It could well toll the death knell for the entire industry.

  9. I read in the news – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/07/more-spent-on-treating-obesity-related-conditions-than-on-the-po/ that there is more spent on treating obesity related conditions now than there is on the police or fire service. So even with all the diets that we have in our world today, the multiple books, millions of dieting recipes, and websites, we still have an obesity pandemic. There is obviously a need for another way – otherwise surely if the diets and diet industry had worked we wouldn’t have the obesity we have?

    1. Thank you Jane Keep for this link, which is spelling out to us that we have a serious problem.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/07/more-spent-on-treating-obesity-related-conditions-than-on-the-po/

      The kingpin of the National Health Service in England is telling us that 40% of their work is because of excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and lack of exercise.

      He then adds that £16,000,000,000 per year is spent directly on medical costs for diabetes and other conditions related to being overweight or obese.

      So this is where a huge chunk of the British taxpayers’ money is now going and incase the world hasn’t noticed, the figures are increasing.

      Experts are warning us that with the current rate of increase, one fifth of the human race will be obese by 2025.

      Is it time we started asking the WHY questions?
      WHY have we got childhood obesity in the first place?
      WHY are we not educating our young children about obesity?
      WHY are our kids consuming foods that give rise to Diabetes?
      WHY is our food industry happy to sell cereals full of sugar?
      WHY is our soda industry content making billions when it is killing us?
      WHY are we blindly eating sugar and not bothering to check what it does to us?
      WHY are we so mis-guided when it comes to looking at the quality of our true health?
      WHY are we not informed that alcohol contains sugar?
      WHY are we not aware that alcohol is a scientific proven poison?
      WHY are our governments not able to nail it with solutions and action plans?
      WHY have we not taken action sooner regarding obesity-related issues?
      WHY are we not getting to grips with what Diabetes actually is?
      WHY are we not taking Responsibility for what we are drinking and eating?
      WHY are we not able to join the dots and see that maybe our choices are the reason we have an obesity related issue?

      Next – this article also says there is evidence that sugar tax ‘simply will not work’.
      Lasting change in people’s diets will happen via a long-term cultural shift, by focusing on education and encouraging personal responsibility.
      Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance

      Is this personal responsibility what Tim Bowyer has lived and is sharing in our diet blog?

  10. Also in the news I saw that a group of workplaces in Northern Ireland had a challenge to lose weight and they did – “Collectively, the employees lost 9,467 lbs (676 stone) – this equates to the weight of 52 average-sized UK men, or more than the weight of the average killer whale! In total, participants lost 1,509 waist inches which is almost the same height as Victoria Square.” (http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/employees-lose-9467-lbs-during-lb-challenge) – which also shows that anything is possible. It would be interesting to see how they go a year, two years after and whether they have made changes to sustain their new weight.

  11. I have done so many ridiculous diets over the years and as mentioned by Simple Living Global, the results were only, temporary.

    I wasn’t that fat but my head had this image I needed to look in a particular way AND I used work outs six days a week as an excuse to eat more, I loved food! I was addicted to eating food and some foods I consumed would have a memory attached to it or an emotion,

    For instance, I loved aubergine curry and whenever I was sick or returned home after being away, I would need to eat this curry as a reminder of being back home It kind of represented a sense of comfort, fulfilling, satisfaction, I was worth more. Food was always feeding something within me and I wasn’t referring to nutrients either.

    I hadn’t realised my relationship with sweets / desserts was a form of reward for being good or working hard so I awarded myself, no one else was giving it to me so I might as well, it was fulfilling me with empty calories and emptiness.

    Over the last 6 years I had the choice taken away by my body’s loudest signal, the deterioration of my ears and diagnosis of hypothyroidism. I slowly started to omit the foods that contained gluten, diary, alcohol, coffee, sugar, and salt. I have naturally changed shaped and becoming more acquainted with my body and its language.

    I am forming a new relationship with food and what its reflecting within my everyday life, something I ponder on often. I still have a way to go and with the inspiration of Serge Benhayon, I am making changes to nurture and feed my body with more responsibility.

  12. A 2 Hundred Billion Dollar industry…this is staggering. So much is being invested in an industry that clearly isn’t working for anyone. Tim Bowyer’s example of living in a way that truly supports him and hence his weight balanced out naturally clearly is a simple and responsible way to deal with this, no diet in sight. This is inspirational and something everyone can do for themselves.

    1. Thank you Ruth for the reminder of this multi billion dollar industry. The thing is it is a revolving door business because we cannot sustain this way of living so we keep going back but in the end there if we are being honest, there is no real evolution.
      Also reading in the press about a slimming coach award to someone obese who runs groups for a slim program in different locations. Are we joining the dots and does this make any sense?
      How can someone run groups and be awarded when the person presenting and managing is very overweight?
      Is that the same as a smoker telling us to give up smoking?
      I once heard a Pythagora’s quote – may be true or maybe not but it makes sense.
      ‘If it is not lived in our body, it is impossible for us to impart it’
      In other words, when we live what we are presenting then others feel that quality because it is like we have ‘seen it, done it, been there’ a life experience so we KNOW.
      We are not talking empty words, we are not asking others do live something we are not prepared to choose for ourself.

  13. An article in the magazine ‘The conversation’ asks ‘does using smaller plates make us eat less’?

    http://theconversation.com/do-smaller-plates-make-you-eat-less-no-74181

    It came to the conclusion that ‘No’, it didn’t make us eat less and in fact, in some cases, it made us eat more simply because with a smaller plate we are more likely to go for seconds or even thirds.

    It says that there is accelerating evidence that if the food manufacturers made the food with less calories then, as a nation, we would be eating less. Making food with less calories will certainly affect the profits of the food manufacturers and so make them very resistant to change.

    If this change could be made, I still feel that it wouldn’t reduce the amount that people ate because as someone who weighed over 27 stone and now weighs 15 stone, I know that diets do not work and eating food on a small or large plate had no effect on how much I ate.

    The thing with food that I never understood until I started to attend the presentations of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine is that we use food so much more than to just give us energy. I was given an understanding of how different foods affected our bodies and why we ate certain foods.

    We eat food to push down our feelings.
    We eat food for comfort.
    We eat food when we are sad
    We eat food when we are bored.
    We eat food when we are happy.
    We eat food at the wrong times.
    We eat food when we are anxious.

    With this understanding I could make choices that truly supported my body and the weight loss was a by-product of this new way of living.

    I feel that just reducing calories in food will not make that much difference.

    We need to look deeper into our food issues and until people start to look at why, what and when they eat what they eat, no true change will come about.

  14. What you say here Tim is very profound. I had an eating disorder in my teens which I thought had gone. But the reality was although I stopped making myself sick, I was still using food as a way to dumb down my feelings in a different guise.
    For example I would eat a lot in one day then not eat the next day.
    If someone or something upset me I would go on a chocolate binge or I would reward myself with food to ease the pain (or not) as to how I was feeling.

    Fast forward to present day and the author of this blog has supported me and given me a deeper understanding of my relationship with food.
    I no longer binge and instead nourish my body with the right foods. Thank you Tim a great comment.

  15. Another fad diet to hit the headlines endorsed by celebrities and even the founder of this new diet says “sticking to just 600 calories in 24 hours was a challenge for even the most committed”

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/founder-52-diet-announces-changes-10012458

    As someone who has lost over 12 stone in weight, I can say that diets do not work

    One of the reasons for this is that when we have reached our target weight loss goal, we then go back to the foods that put the weight on in the first place.

    Why do we do this?

    Simply put, we get instructed that certain foods are high in calories, fat or sugar and are no good for the body and to some degree we get an understanding of why we shouldn’t eat them, but at no point does anyone ask us to look at ‘why’ we started to eat these types of food in the first place or ‘why’ we eat certain foods to excess – whether it be comfort eating, eating to push down our feelings, eating because we are sad, etc.

    Someone may argue that diets do work, just look at the weight loss pictures, and yes, in the short term, we will lose weight.

    Common sense tells us that if we reduce the amount of calories, fat and sugar that we eat, inevitably the weight will fall off but because we haven’t dealt with the underlying issues of ‘why’, we start to miss the foods that we were used to and start to eat them again.

    Consequently, what we see and hear about from family, friends and in the media outlets, is the ‘YO-YO dieter’.

    Another reason we cite as not sticking to our diet is that we are always hungry or starving and thinking about food.

    Looking at the word ’Hunger’, are we really hungry or starving or is it something else?

    The human body can go up to 21 days or more without food as long as you are still drinking water.

    Are we really starving if we go without food for 24 hours?

    Is it possible that when we say we are hungry or starving we are in fact having a craving?

    Diets like the one above will come and go and there will always be those of us who jump on them and claim their amazingness, but until we truly start to look at ‘WHY’ we eat certain foods or more truth-fully, why we ‘NEED’ certain foods, we will always be at the mercy of our ‘Cravings’.

  16. One of the things that is not generally talked about when someone loses a lot of weight is the fact that the person is left with a lot of sagging skin, especially after weight loss surgery or if they have lost weight very quickly.

    Of course it depends on how heavy you were in the first place to how much saggy skin is left.

    The reason we are left with this excess skin is because the compounds that help promote skin elasticity, elastin and collagen, become stressed in the process of extreme weight loss. The faster the weight loss, the less the elastin and collagen are able to bounce back and provide skin firmness.

    Yo-Yo dieting also has the potential for sagging skin as the repeated stretching of weight gain and then weight loss will wear out the skin’s elasticity and eventually the skin wont bounce back.

    Extreme exercise doesn’t help the body either as the link below shows an obese 25 stone man who was left with a saggy six-pack after losing half his body weight.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/obese-25-stone-man-left-9999635

    This is not to say that we shouldn’t exercise, but exercise should not be the main focus in weight loss.

    At my heaviest I was over 27 stone and now weigh over 15 stone so I have lost nearly half of my body weight with no sagging skin and a gentle exercise routine at the gym, which entails 20-30 minutes on the treadmill (at normal walking pace) and weights or treadmill and X-trainer or a daily gentle walk for a minimum of 15 minutes.

    The main reason for the fact that there is no sagging skin is the time it has taken to lose the weight. The weight loss has occurred over several years and was never seen as a ‘DIET’ but is a by-product of gradually eliminating foods that I knew were not healthy for my body.

    Because the weight loss was very gradual, it gave my body’s elastin and collagen time to bounce back and maintain that elasticity.

    Losing weight this way seems to be more natural and by gradually coming off unhealthy foods we are more likely to never go back to it.

  17. I was talking with a friend and the topic of food came up and he was saying how eating meat was bad for you. He was going on about all the health risks. I interrupted him when I got a chance and said I believed the only person that knows what I need to eat is myself. I am not sure that he even heard me, he was so intent on what he was saying.

    Afterwards I realized that he did not even want to consider what I was saying. How is it that many people are not open to another way of looking at things? I am not saying that what I said is the truth but if we are not open to talking about something and looking at another way, nothing will change.

    Also when someone is so intent on what they are saying, I feel it limits there ability to really listen and have a real conversation and connection with another person. Every person has so much to share, and it makes my day when I have a real connection with someone.

  18. This makes so much sense. If it takes a long time for the weight to go on, the skin/body won’t be able to keep pace if you lose it artificially fast.

    The way you write about your weight loss, Tim, is not only inspiring but it feels enduring – a true change and not achievement-based or a quick fix to meet an image.

    Reading about it, it feels like you really took care of your body and committed to doing so consistently.

  19. “We eat food to push down our feelings.
    We eat food for comfort.
    We eat food when we are sad.
    We eat food when we are bored.
    We eat food when we are happy.
    We eat food at the wrong times.
    We eat food when we are anxious.”

    I feel so many of us could agree this is 100% true.

    For example, I will often find myself thinking about or turning to food (any food will do) when I feel tense about a piece of work that needs doing. It’s like something inside is asking for a boost to get me through what is needed.

    What is really happening there though?

    If I eat, I have no chance of knowing, because I won’t make the enquiry – the food will mask the feeling.

    If I pause and notice the fact that I’m tense, then the opportunities open up. I can get honest. I can see that I’m pushing myself and I can reset.

    Thank you for this blog and this comment to help me see this so clearly. It’s game-changing.

  20. Thank you Simple Living Global for highlighting the incredible amount of money spent on the dieting industry.

    Your bigwig, Prof. Jason Holford, makes a good point when he says, “Dieting makes us obsessed with food because it makes you hungry.”

    This makes a lot of sense and it is a sure-fire way of ensuring we don’t stay on that diet.

    I know when I tried diets, all I could think about was food and, of course, it wasn’t long before I succumbed to the temptation of the foods I was trying not to eat, and consequently, another diet goes by the wayside.

    Diets will never work because they are depriving us of food.

    Yes we need to reduce our food intake but we also need to make sure that what we are eating actually nourishes us so we don’t crave food and constantly think about food.

    Until we realise that simply just reducing our food intake is not the answer, diets will never work.

    We need to look at why we want to lose weight and just as important, why we put the weight on in the first place.

    As this blog says, it is time to stop blaming the food industry. They are only responding to a demand from us and ultimately it is our responsibility to look at WHAT we eat, WHEN we eat and WHY we eat.

  21. When I was eating more than my teenage sons, I realized I was eating for other reasons, then supporting my body. But I felt hungry. So what was going on?

    Simple Living Global introduced me to the concept of ‘eating to fill my emptyness’. I feel this is all about using food as a way of not feeling something that is uncomfortable.

    Yesterday I came home for lunch and felt hungry, but I did not know what to eat. I stopped before I grabbed the corn chips, and thought, if I do not know what to eat, maybe I am not really hungry? So I laid down and connected to my body (Simple Living Global has supported me in how to remember how to do this), and felt some old feelings of sadness.

    When I got up and felt hungry again I knew exactly what I needed to eat. What a great understanding that my body knows what to do, I just need to truly listen to what it is saying. This process of listening to my body on a deeper level, took some time to get, but it has supported me to trust myself more and not look outside of my self for answers.

  22. This diet business was a waste of time for me but nevertheless I went with it as the world and its mothers were on some kind of diet.

    When I was a teenager, I tried this milkshake thing you drink instead of a meal.

    My whole focus was on food and so I was eating food and drinking these shakes. Of course, it made me put on weight but I kept going back to it as I liked the dairy and the chocolate flavour tasted just like a malt milkshake.

    Around 30 years ago my friend suggested these diet pills and even without the Internet there were always the dodgy people who you could buy them from.

    Well they worked. I was buzzing day and night on zero sleep and never felt hungry. So yes the weight was instant loss but of course it never lasted. I started getting headaches and my moods were up and down.

    In summary, no diet I have ever tried worked and today I know why. More often than not I was eating to drive and push my body past its natural limits so it needed the extra food to keep going. I was exhausted beyond words so sugar and carbs were always on the menu. Snacking on crisps and chocolate was because I needed sleep not food.

    Finally I had no understanding about food, our digestion process or the fact that our body has an internal sleep wake cycle. Drinking water was flat and boring, so I literally drank no water all day. Fizzy soda drinks were my thing.

    Joining the dots things make sense now and no surprise, I can write articles on chocolate, gluten, dairy and diets.

    This is nonsense, because that is what it was to my body and now it is off my radar.

  23. I have been away from work and home for a few days and I can see from that distance how the happenings of my life influence what I eat.

    For example, at home I will often eat way more than I need in the evenings, either as a reward after a full-on day or because I’m tired and trying to fuel my body up after pushing it too hard.

    While I’m away, that is not happening at all. I am just feeling what to eat and when.

    For me, this just goes to show the truth of what is presented in this blog.

    If we look at what’s really going on behind our food consumption, we’ll likely come up with a completely different answer to the current ‘solutions’ offered by the diet industry.

  24. There are articles every day about food, diets, obesity. Two in the news this morning:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/5-million-investment-for-new-obesity-policy-research-unit
    “The Department of Health has announced £5 million of funding for a new obesity policy research unit at University College London. One year on from the launch of the childhood obesity plan, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Obesity Policy Research Unit has been set up to provide resource for long term research into childhood obesity. It will give independent advice to policy makers and analysts, and develop understanding on the causes of childhood obesity, looking at social inequalities, the early years of childhood, and marketing to children and families.”

    and

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/18/pizza-and-crisps-makers-urged-to-reduce-fat-to-tackle-childhood-obesity

    “Over 40,000 deaths a year – one in 10 – are linked to people being dangerously overweight, health experts say.”

    And with all this investment into research, medicine and diets we haven’t begun to turn the tide of obesity around – why is this? what else is going on?

  25. Something else today regarding food and diets in the news –

    “Sugar ‘is as addictive as cocaine’: Warning cutting it out may lead to withdrawal symptoms similar to a drug addict going cold turkey”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4821706/Sugar-just-addictive-cocaine.html#ixzz4qmigYAS4

    As we have substances in our diet e.g. sugar, coffee which are addictive – not only do we have to contend with changing our food, we also have to contend with the symptoms of the addictive substance.

    Why on earth would we have any foods that are addictive? Anything that is addictive would surely have big warning bells on it for our body?

  26. In the news today The Guardian has an article – “UK needs to perform thousands more obesity operations, say surgeons”.

    “Reducing stomach size prevents people eating more than small amounts at a time, leading to dramatic weight loss. It can also reverse type 2 diabetes, which carries the risk of amputations, blindness, heart attacks and strokes.”
    “Severe and complex obesity is a serious, lifelong condition associated with many major medical conditions, the cost of which threatens to bankrupt the NHS.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/01/uk-needs-to-perform-thousands-more-obesity-operations-say-surgeons

    Diets aren’t working, nor are the various offers of weight loss programmes – so we have had to resort to this not just in the UK but world wide – to curb the continuous rise in obesity.

    We really do need to take a pause and ask what is going on here – regarding weight, obesity, food, – and the many illness and diseases in the world today.
    Using sticking plasters to sort this out isn’t going to work.

  27. An article in ‘The Telegraph’, 22nd October 2017, talks about how “Club 18-30 (stone) launched to help the overweight cope.”

    It is the club 18-30 with a big difference – the guests at this resort are on the large side.

    A new hotel has opened catering specifically for guests who weigh between 18-30 stones so they can enjoy a holiday without worrying about taunts from fellow travellers.

    The resort, on the Caribbean island of Eleuthera, is custom built for large sizes, with chairs that are a metre wide, extra wide room doorways and steel reinforced bedframes and sun-loungers.

    It also features an eat what you want buffet serving comfort food three times a day.

    The resort, which claims to be the world’s only hotel built exclusively for plus sized people, is designed to help guests not only feel more comfortable on holiday, but re-evaluate their bodies and their self-image.

    The owner of the resort says: “It’s a sanctuary. It’s a place where you can come and have a good holiday without any judgement whatsoever.”

    A group of British tourists are set to test his promise as part of a new ITV series. The programme says the group will undergo a “radical new approach to confronting the prejudice they often encounter because of their size. They’ll be challenged to face their innermost fears, and inspired to find a new confidence to overcome their inhibitions.”

    Activities at the resort, which has it’s own five mile beach away from prying eyes, will include group therapy sessions, sharing their worst photographs and receiving counselling from a size 27 model.

    Where is the responsibility in this?

    Is it possible that this is just another gimmick from the producers of reality TV?

    The ironies here are clear for all to see.

    They say ‘it’s designed to help guests feel more comfortable on holiday and re-evaluate their bodies and their self-image’ but then they feed them three times a day with comfort food.

    There are group therapy sessions to ‘overcome innermost fears’ about being seen in public but then they have a secluded five mile beach to hide in.

    Is it possible that this sort of exercise will never work if we don’t address the root cause of why people are so overweight?

    As someone who was once morbidly obese, I know full well what it feels like to have a fear about taking my clothes off in public and it wasn’t until I addressed the reasons why I was so overweight that I started to become confident enough to bare all.

    The participants may well drop some of their inhibitions whilst they are in the bubble of this resort but what happens when they get back to the real world where the judgement and taunts become reality once again?

  28. An article in the Daily Mail, 29th July 2017, talks about how only 1 in 5 people go for a long walk.

    The survey revealed the number of adults taking long walks has fallen by a fifth since 2002.

    The average Brit walked 95 miles last year – excluding walks under a year – a drop of 19% in 14 years.

    More alarmingly, one in five of us go on a walk lasting longer than 20 mins once a year or never at all, according to the study of travel habits by the Department of Transport.

    A spokesperson for the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, said: “It seems incredible that a fifth of people don’t walk. There is a growing concern that the environment is just not conducive to walking. Air quality is a real problem and people just don’t like to walk next to a dirty road.”

    Is it possible that we are just getting lazier or are we spending our spare time on social media or other distractions?

    Is it possible that if we walk with and for ourselves, it really doesn’t matter if the road is dirty, there is too much traffic or there is too much noise?

    Like all things in life that are worth doing and that actually supports our bodies, it takes commitment and dedication.

    We can blame it on the environment or any other reason, but if we don’t want to do something, we will always find an excuse that we will justify so as not to do it.

    Walking, apart from being a beneficial all round gentle form of exercise, doesn’t cost anything except our time.

    From someone who really didn’t like and couldn’t be bothered to walk, I now look forward to going on walks and have made it a regular part of my life.

  29. Metro – 20 December 2017

    ‘A pill that gives all the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet is set to receive a scientific patent.’

    The article then goes on to say that ‘It means people at risk of heart disease now have access to the first all-natural over-the-counter product clinically demonstrated to slow down the furring of the arteries that leads to heart disease.’

    Why the perpetual search for medication to deal with our health problems, when lifestyle choices can make a significant difference?

    We only need to read the story in this blog, of Tim Bowyer to understand what is possible.

  30. In answer to the title of this blog, I am living proof that diets do not work and Tim Bowyer mentioned in this article is also proof that there is not diet on earth that is going to work until we get to the root cause of what we are up to when it comes to what we are choosing to eat and why.

    Next – the previous comment talks about a pill that is going to give us the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. How can anything coming out of a lab or pharmacy be natural and what is it about us humans that like to mimic something that comes from nature?

    If we applied some common sense, would it be true to say that we are once again looking for a solution to support us in our ill choices when it comes to furr on the arteries? We all know our food choices can lead to this so WHY do we not educate the world and its brothers about that instead of the next pill.

    We all know that unless there was a demand the supplier would not be able to supply, so on some level we are asking for this. We want the quick fix remedy because we love the foods that furr up our arteries and we want to carry on eating what we like because we can and there is a solution – it is an all natural product.

    Are we fooling ourselves when it comes to all this diet stuff or is it that we cannot admit or accept that we are being fooled?

    I say it is high time we started asking all these questions and talking about this at every dinner table, as there is much rise in illness and disease and they keep telling us a lot of it is because of lifestyle choices and that would include our Diets – in other words, what we are choosing to eat.

  31. I have just been reading a news story about Gastric band procedures and I can see how people can be persuaded into having them done when they are overweight and are desperate to lose weight.

    Flashy marketing including before and after pictures where the after pictures are very glamorous are part of the set up.

    In addition loans are readily available with some bariatric surgery clinics and a loan can be arranged.
    What is interesting here is that the same director as the clinic is also the financial company director.

    I can relate to the desperate need to have a life situation changed and through that desperation accepting anything that comes along that claimed it would fix the problem.

    However what I have learnt is that nothing happens by accident and nothing comes our way by chance and so as I have taken more responsibility for my life and am choosing to see my part in why I get into certain situations, I can also see that change is possible and in my hands.

    So is it possible that there are choices that we make that lead us to become overweight and then there are choices we can make that lead us to be a natural size and weight without the need for gastric band surgery and diets?

    As presented in this blog by Simple Living Global, Tim Bowyer is a man who has taken true responsibility by making simple lifestyle changes.

    Is there more that can be learnt from his story or are we comfortable accepting an irresponsible way of living which goes along with poor lifestyle choices?

  32. Thank you for this excellent and essential blog.

    I first met Tim Bowyer about ten years ago. I was so inspired by his testimony of weight loss and improved vitality that I decided to examine my dietary habits.

    At the time, I was around 14.5 stone in weight and I had a 36″ waist and 42″ chest.

    Inspired by what I had learnt in conversation with Tim and his partner, I decided to run an experiment. I would cut diary and gluten from my diet for a couple of weeks and see how I felt.

    It wasn’t that difficult to omit dairy and gluten from my diet and I began to feel the benefits of increased vitality and mental clarity pretty quickly. Although I did feel a pull to some of the foods I’d jettisoned (especially cheese and bread), I felt so encouraged by the positive changes in my body and how I felt that I continued to refrain from anything that contained gluten and dairy.

    Weight fell off me and I have continued to be gluten and dairy-free.

    Over the last few years, my weight has remained reasonably consistent and, today, I weigh 12 stone. I have a 32″ waist and a 38″ chest.

    This week, I received the results of my annual general health check. This is a comprehensive series of laboratory tests conducted using blood and urine samples that I gave last week plus readings of my blood pressure, body temperature, etc. The results showed all my levels to be within the normal range.

    I feel, with some conviction, that if I had not been inspired by Tim’s example and dropped gluten and dairy all those years ago and, instead, remained on the weight and dietary trajectory I was on then, the results of my general health check this year would have been a considerably less positive experience.

    I very much appreciate Tim’s example and his willingness to share his testimony with the world.

  33. The amount of diets and fitness dvds that come out in the month of January is crazy. Not including gym memberships increasing.

    I remember being sucked into the world of diets for many years. They do not work and all they did was make me more miserable.

    I was in a supermarket the other day when I over heard a mother tell her daughter (she was no more than 10 years old) that she needs to go on a diet and stay slim like her. I could see the devastation on the girls face.

    There was nothing wrong with this young girl. I grew up with someone close telling me I was fat to the point I convinced myself I was. There was nothing wrong with me (I can see that now) but I ended up with an eating disorder because of how those words made me feel at the time.

    As parents what are we showing our children? If we are not comfortable with our own body, are we projecting our body issues onto our children?

    This blog is testimont of why diets should not exist.

  34. Just now I read this blog through along with Tim Bowyer’s recent post and followed that up by reading all the comments he and others have contributed. It is incontrovertible that diets, weight loss programmes, gastric banding, the latest slimming gimmicks, extreme exercise – all do not work.

    Tim’s lived experience, the fact that he has shed the excess weight he was carrying, that he didn’t require skin-fold reduction surgery, that he did it through choices incorporated into his everyday living – without pills, supplements, slimming teas, radical dieting or any other kind of ‘magic bullet’ – should be front page news.

    Of course Tim’s approach has a ‘hiding in plain sight’ simplicity that we all want to overlook in the rush to find solutions to the obesity epidemic.

    So taking Tim’s example: firstly he developed an understanding as to why he was eating and living the way he was – he followed this by eliminating sugar, stimulants, alcohol, gluten and dairy and adding in sensible exercise – all of which he lovingly incorporated into his living life (not as something added on). This has such a plain truth in it that it is understandable that no one is really listening.

    How do you market and make money from the increased awareness and responsibility that Tim outlines. As Tim says:

    ‘But the thing here is…I was the one that chose to eat these foods.
    I was the one that chose the comfort
    I was the one that chose to not cook for myself.
    I was the one that chose convenience.
    I was the one that chose to not nurture and nourish myself.’

    This realisation that ‘no-one is doing it to you’ – that it is you that is buying and eating the myriad of junk food on offer, that it is you that can’t wait for the next sugar hit, that it is you that ignores how that feels, that it is you that looks for weight-loss miracles – this is the beginning of responsibility and the awakening of awareness. Only when we look and feel into our own lived intelligence and develop an ongoing relationship with our ‘inner knowing’ do we stop looking for external solutions and so allow true change to begin.

  35. We have a plethora of diets with none really doing any true good in supporting us to be healthy and eat foods that are nourishing for our bodies.

    Today I have been reading about tests that are used to work out, based on our genetic make-up, which diet is best. As a result some may be told to eat more carbs, including bread; others prescribed a low fat diet; good fats diet; low calorie diet; high sugar diet; or an eat more diet.

    This feels strange to me as I read it as for me, now much of the time I choose to eat foods depending on how they feel in my body e.g. do I feel nourished, has it digested well, has this left me craving more, do I feel sleepy, etc.

    So to read now that someone else can prescribe a diet based on a person’s genes makes no sense. Right now if anyone were to prescribe any diet for me and I were to follow it, it would feel like I am ticking boxes and doing something from my head rather listening to what my body wants.

    Unfortunately these gene tests can be brought over the counter from pharmacies and so my question is – have we asked for these tests en-masse because we do not want to have a relationship with our bodies and take responsibility for what we eat and our whole well-being?

  36. Telegraph – 2nd February 2018

    Crash Diets May stop the heart from pumping properly – new study from Oxford University has revealed.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/02/crash-diets-may-stop-heart-pumping-properly-oxford-university/

    The study involes people who consumed less than 800 calories per day. The recommended calories are 2,500 per day for men and 2,000 a day for women.

    ‘“Crash diets, also called meal replacement programmes have become increasingly fashionable in the past few years,…

    These diets have a very low calorie content of 600 to 800 kcal per day and can be effective for losing weight, reducing blood pressure and reversing diabetes. But the effects on the heart have not been studied until now.”’
    Lead author Dr. Jennifer Rayner, clinical research fellow, Oxford Centre for Magnetic Resonance, at the Oxford University.

    In the first week of consuming the low calorie diet the heart fat content in participants rose by 44% and there was a noteable deterioration in heart function, including the heart’s ability to pump blood. However heart function improved over time.

    The article goes on to say that recent research has found that –

    66% of British people are on a diet, most of the time and there are 800,000 people living with heart failure and nearly 2,000,000 living with chronic angina.

    This study confirms that dramatic calorie reduction has a significant impact on the health of our heart.

    The study lasted for 8 weeks and so after week one heart functioned improved, but I wonder what the impact on the heart would be long term, if this reduced calorie consumption continued?

    I ask, as I remember a time when I inadvertently reduced my calorie intake over a 1 year period as I had eliminated a lot of foods. Although at the time I was in denial about the impact on my body, I can say now that my cholesterol levels increased, during that time and it was very difficult for me to walk up stairs, as my heart would be beating very fast.

    Now I know that my body was struggling to deal with day to day activities because I was not eating in a way that supported my body to be fit for every day activities.

    I had to stop listening to what my mind was saying and start to listen and honour what I felt to eat to understand what works for my body.

    This is still a work in progress and requires further refining but I am sure that my heart is in a much healthier place now than it was back then.

  37. Thank you for this absolutely outstanding blog.

    In the blog, the author asks, “Could it be possible we shove food down us when we feel amazing?”

    Nowhere else have I read or heard anyone talk about this phenomenon of eating to push down and suppress one’s amazingness. But this is something that I have done.

    Not too long ago, I went through a period of frequently taking seconds of my supper and then eating to the point that it became uncomfortable. On these occasions of overeating, I would be left so sleepy, lethargic and uncomfortable that I would then just slump down on the sofa for a longish time until I could finally muster the energy to get up and do the washing up.

    After I did this on four or five occasions, I asked myself why I was overeating in this way.

    The answer that came was that I was eating to “push down my Self” .

    1. Thank you for sharing this Raja.

      I really like the way that you have enquired into your behaviour asking why you were eating in that way.

      It just further confirms to me that we do have the answers deep within us and when we give ourselves the space to just ask the simple question of WHY, things become very clear.

      I can most certainly relate to eating to stop myself feeling amazing. I had a very clear experience of this recently where my body reacted in pain as a way to show me that I did not need to do that.

      Feeling amazing can feel so simple, freeing and light. When I feel amazing there is a sense of being very open to life and people and feeling a connection to them. There is no judgement or need to protect myself from any perceived hurts. I know that the eating of the foods can be to take the edge of this so that I do not feel so open.

      It’s interesting how we can use foods not just to nourish ourselves but to manipulate our feelings so that we are not so aware of life and what is going on. In that regard food can be used like any other drug.

  38. The Metro – 2 October 2018

    Yo yo dieting more than doubles the risk of an early death, according to new research.

    Scientists say that seesawing levels of weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar may be even more dangerous than staying fat.

    The study of 6.7 million people – the largest of its kind, raises concerns over a popular way to slim.

    It shows that heart attacks and strokes are more common among those who shed and regain pounds repeatedly.

    Yo-yo dieting is defined as gaining or losing more than 10lb on four occasions, regardless of time period.

    Reading this blog and what it presents, it is staggering to read that we have a study with millions of people telling us something that most of us are already aware of.

    Those who diet know it’s hard to hold it off and those who observe those who go on diets can see how it is not a natural way to maintain stability when it comes to our weight.

    Could it be possible our bodies have an intelligence and it knows what it wants, but we as the masters of this human frame seem to think we can do what we want, as we own that body?

    We have a world, geared at making us eat foods that our digestive system is not designed for?

    We have a trillion dollar food industry constantly coming up with the next thing to keep us munching, without any regard for our precious body.

    We have addictive foods and beverages that keep us stimulated and wanting more.

    We then want a solution – a quick fix so we get the diet that we think will give us the image we have in our head of what we want for our body – shape, size etc.

    If we just put our common sense hat on – how on earth is that going to work?

    We blame the diet industry making millions but it only exists because it has the customers.

    That means the demand is there and they supply.

    Nothing changes unless we stop, question everything and ask IS THERE ANOTHER WAY because SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

    If we just consider what diets are doing to our health systems in terms of bringing on extra burden that could quite easily be avoided.

    We hear over and over again that lifestyle choices are a big contributable factor with so many illnesses and diseases.

    Is it time to listen and study websites like this which offer wisdom in every single blog?

    Dear World – are we ready for a quantum shift, to turn the tides and go back to our natural way of living and being?

  39. Metro News – 21 November 2018

    A low-protein, high carb diet may protect against dementia and help us live longer according to scientists in Australia.

    Are the tests on the hippocampus of mice, going to give us all the answers?

    Is a high carbohydrate diet the answer here and is any diet going to work?

    Are we 7 billion + individuals each with a different need for what type of foods will support our true health and vitality that each day requires a review?

    OR do we just find news stories that may just suit us and go with it because it is a convenient truth and actually serves us to not make true lifestyle changes with the word Responsibility?

    Many of us rely on what the media tells us and this could lead to problems as we are not discerning what is needed and what is not.

    This website aims to present the stats, facts and more – this being by way of questioning and asking the reader to consider IS THERE ANOTHER WAY.

    Yes we need research and even more research but is it high time to consider anecdotal evidence and fund independent research?

    That means we have no bias and no need for a result to be a certain way.
    We take note of those who have lived experience to tell us how it is, so we can all learn and evolve from such ills and dis-eases that we have created in our bodies.

  40. At a talk by a behavioural scientist last week, she shared a diet-related example of how the brain does not hold the intelligence with which we credit it.

    When we go on a diet, our brain knows this and sends messages to our body that we are not getting enough food. So we produce more of a hormone called Ghrelin. Its job is to increase appetite.

    So when we ‘go on a diet’, we get more hungry.

    She joked that you should tell yourself when you are eating lettuce, that it is calorific and bad for you, then your body would not get the message to produce Ghrelin.

    But the truth is, you can’t stop it that way.

    If we were consistently eating what we knew our body needed, our brain – and our hormones – would get in line.

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