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Embrace The Complexity 🦠

It's rare to have a problem that's solved by a simple answer. We love them though, don't we? Part of

not another diet

January 15 · Issue #84 · View online
a sane and thoughtful guide to permanent weight loss

It’s rare to have a problem that’s solved by a simple answer.
We love them though, don’t we? Part of our attraction to simple solutions is we want something to get behind. We need a problem to be manageable within the constraints of what we currently understand. But, what we don’t see, and what we don’t understand are inevitably what trips us up.
At 47, I’ve learned to get comfortable with all that I don’t know (which is much more than what I do know). That comfort allows for curiosity, exploration and experimentation. All great skills in tackling multi-faceted problems. It turns out managing our weight in the modern world is one of those problems.
It’s so much easier to write about cutting out ‘evils’ like dairy or gluten or grains. Easier to market too. I just don’t buy it, especially since my diet since the weight loss still has all those things.
Simple solutions are appealing precisely because of the complexity they cut out. But, in weight loss and maintenance the complexity is exactly what needs focus. It isn’t just about what you eat and drink. It’s all the factors of your life that contribute to maintaining a healthy weight.
My principles help you address them one by one. To that end, the first two are live!
Principle 1 is about the simple but powerful technique I use to get in touch with my real hunger and satiety.
Principle 2 is about weighing yourself every day. I know, quelle horreur! Except, it’s an excellent tool, one backed by scientific research. Here’s how to stop avoiding it.
Please go back and read the introduction if you are late to the party. It’s important to understand my approach before adopting the principles.
The principles are a daily practice, not unlike yoga or meditation. I recommend working them into your life with this kind of approach. When they are routine, then they can do their magic.
PS. The introduction is open to everyone, the principles are behind Medium’s paywall. Why? I hold the radical belief that writers should be paid for their work.
PPS. A Medium membership is only $5 a month and a superb value.

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