I have not been dieting but I have lost 12 pounds since the end of May. I have never dieted in my life. I now weigh about what I weighed when I when I was a senior in high school. Imostly attribute the weight loss to not eating desserts this summer and a substantial slowdown to mindless eating … stopping by the cabinet and throwing a mouthful or two of cereal into my mouth when my selfish inner child cries out, "I need a snack … now."
This summer , rather serendipitously, I stumbled upon and read a fascinating, simple book that I can highly recommend. It's The Eden Diet — A Biblical and Merciful Christian Weight Loss Program by Rita Hancock, M.D.
Hancock bases her entire book on four contentions:
1. We should eat to the glory of God.
2. All foods are permissible.
3. Don't worry about food.
4. Don't be a glutton.
Hancock is opposed to diets, unless prescribed by a physician. She's actually strongly opposed to diets. She has worked with overweight patients for years and years and says diets just don't work … not for the long haul.
Hancock builds her arguments around her four biblical premises. She's merciful, knowledgeable, practical and a fellow pilgrim.
Her credentials: Nutrition education at Cornell, medical degree from New York State, board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
But her biggest, most impressive credential: Hancock lost about 80 pounds and has kept it off for more than 25 years! Now that got my attention.
I think you will like this book! You'll be reading a very knowledgeable person who readily admits she is a fellow struggler. My kind of person.