You really don’t need a book to tell you how to lose weight. You can lose weight easily, if you want to. All you have to do is stop eating so much. It’s so simple, anyone can do it! The hard part, of course, is dealing with all the annoying hunger and deprivation that accompanies your diet, because losing weight almost invariably results in you going hungry, or keeps you from foods you love, or both. Not eating causes physical pain and puts you through carbohydrate withdrawal. In addition, you don’t get to experience meal satisfaction; and you resent not eating foods you enjoy. Losing weight mostly just leads to hunger and resentment, when it comes down to it. So you keep searching for a way that leads to less suffering. This explains why there are so many useless diet books and plans out there that want you to let them guide you through the process. But what if you could eat as much as you want, and mostly whatever you want, and still lose weight? Then weight loss would be easy, right?
Welcome to losing weight the easy way.
With any luck, this book will be the last weight loss guide you will ever need. If you want to slim down, regardless of your previous lack of dieting success, you can now take those extra pounds off for good. Are you ready? Good. But wait, there’s more. You also get to eat all you want and still lose weight. And you will do it naturally, safely, with minimal effort, and all while completely satisfying your appetite. All you need is to keep an open mind and be willing to try something new.
The holy grail of weight loss is losing weight without suffering. It’s all here in The Armonk Diet. How to eat all you want while still losing weight. How to not waste your hard-earned money on ineffective methods that don’t really address the problem. How to avoid undergoing risky surgery or taking medications with unpleasant side effects. You will do this all by yourself, with just a little guidance from this book. Before our current age of convenient and relatively inexpensive food availability, and before we learned about its health risks, obesity was encouraged because it signaled wealth and prestige. Some cultures and many people today still covet an ample belly. Football linemen and sumo wrestlers, for instance. But for most of the general population, not so much. Our society suffers from the scourge of an obesity epidemic, and has a very large overweight population, most of whom wish they could weigh less. But it’s difficult to do. It takes a lot of effort to lose weight, and just as much or even more work to maintain that weight loss.
Why lose weight? Typical reasons include a desire for improved health, appearance, fitness, and mood. Losing weight reduces the physical stresses that cause wear and tear on your body’s bones and joints. Your heart won’t have to work as hard to keep your blood circulating. You may snore less and sleep better. If you have diabetes, losing weight offers your best chance of controlling your disease without having to rely on medication. Other medical conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, will also improve, and your risk of strokes, heart attacks, and some cancers will decrease. Additionally, you may want to look thinner in order to attain your ideal appearance, or to improve your prospects socially or professionally. Losing weight may improve your athletic performance, and could reduce the feelings of depression or low self-esteem that often accompany obesity. Most likely, you want to lose weight due to some combination of the above.
Ideally, to correct the problem of obesity, we need to change what and how we eat. This would involve addressing each affected individual’s underlying reasons for overeating and then changing their ingrained poor eating habits through some kind of behavior modification - a project far beyond anything this book can offer. Practically speaking, most of us need a different approach, one that helps us deal with our weight issue now, in real time.
The well-publicized keys to losing weight are generally agreed to be eating less and exercising more. But putting those recommendations into action can prove difficult. Going from a plan that sounds good in theory to actual real-life results often leads to frustration and failure. You start out with the best intentions. But then, sooner or later, you get hungry, or you tire of the inherent calorie restrictions of most diets, and your hunger pangs take over. All of a sudden, your attempt to lose weight turns into an eating binge, and then you lose not only your battle for weight control, but probably some self-respect, too. Not surprisingly, among the numerous reasons why diets fail, not feeling satisfied after meals tops the list. Unfortunately, meal satiety (which is what researchers call how satisfied you feel from eating) usually requires eating more food than your diet permits, which defeats your diet. If only there was a way to control those pesky hunger pangs. Well, now there is. The Armonk Diet eliminates the hunger pangs that sabotage your weight loss attempts. How? By keeping your appetite satisfied. Let’s say, for instance, that you could eat something that fills you up without affecting your weight. Don’t worry yet about what the something is. That’s what the rest of the book is for. Just assume it can fill you up. So your hunger goes away. Without hunger driving your eating, with your appetite under control, you could choose to focus on eating only whatever you need to for nutrition purposes, or even for pleasure. You could choose to eat only the right foods for your health, the foods that you know your body will appreciate. Or you could choose to eat anything else you want, even junk foods if you must. But you could also choose to eat smaller portions because, with your stomach full, you won’t be at the mercy of your hunger. With your appetite under control, you could consciously choose to reduce how much you eat. With your stomach full of the hypothetical something, you would lose your drive to eat, effortlessly allowing you to feel satisfied with less food than usual and thereby lowering your calorie consumption. The pounds would fall off easily. You could eat all you want and still lose weight.
The solution involves ignoring conventional weight loss advice. You do not have to eat less. In fact, you can stuff yourself to the point of bursting, if you want. You will control your food cravings by keeping your stomach as full as you need to, in order to ward off the hunger pangs that doom most diets.
The Armonk Diet relies on the magic of naturally-indigestible foods that fill you up. These foods occupy space in your stomach, but your body does not digest them, so you feel full without gaining any weight. Following this method, you can consume nearly-unlimited amounts of food if you want to. Here’s why. All of your meals and snacks will begin with foods that fill up your stomach, which will make you feel full but not lead to gaining weight. Then, after you fill up, you can eat anything else you want for nutrition purposes or for pleasure. Once full, you won’t want, or feel the need, to eat as much as usual, so you can choose to eat less. If you tend to eat until you feel ready to burst, your full stomach means you won’t physically have the ability to consume your usual portions. So with virtually no special effort, you will start to lose weight. You can lose weight steadily, and you can keep it off as long as you stick with this method. It sounds hard to believe, but it works. If you put in just a little effort, you can lose a substantial amount of weight. If you seriously desire a path to long-term weight loss, The Armonk Diet can help make it happen.
The concept behind The Armonk Diet, although simple-sounding and easy to follow, requires some flexibility regarding your eating practices. The Armonk Diet will teach you a new eating routine. Try to suspend your skepticism until you try it. Your diligence will determine your results. You will achieve the best possible results by following this method long-term. You don’t need expensive ingredients, and you can buy everything you need at your local grocery store. Most importantly, you will not go hungry, and you will lose weight. Now you know the essence of the program.
Why should you listen to me? I realize that I am not a famous diet specialist and have not devoted my life and career to the careful study of weight loss. I’m just someone who wanted to lose weight and keep it off, like you. And when my previous attempts at dropping a few pounds met with long-term failure, I felt frustrated and wondered what made losing weight so difficult. But I ultimately conceived and executed a method to achieve my own personal weight loss goal and (surprise!) it worked. With this book, I am sharing this successful method with you. In this book, you are going to learn everything you ever wanted to know, and probably some things that you didn't want to know, about gaining and losing weight. You will learn why you gain weight in the first place (hint: it's more complicated than you might think). You will learn about different weight loss methods, and why they do or (mostly) don't work. You will also learn an effective new method for weight loss that makes losing weight ridiculously simple and easy; and a detailed way to follow it, from A to Z. You will learn nutritional guidelines for eating healthily, as well as what vitamins and supplements you might want to add to your diet. If you need help getting started with meal preparation, I included some simple recipes to try.
The information in this book can help anyone who wants to lose weight, especially those who have previously struggled to lose weight and failed. In my case, for instance, I struggled with my weight all my life and, until I discovered this technique, found my attempts at losing weight too unpleasant to permit long term success. But now, over a year after starting The Armonk Diet, I am maintaining my weight loss without difficulty. The Armonk Diet can make the process of losing weight ridiculously easy. Regardless of whether you binge eat or just frequently eat smaller amounts, if you follow The Armonk Diet, you should expect to find success losing weight while still eating until you have had your fill. Some disclaimers. If you binge eat frequently, you might have an eating disorder, which you should have professionally evaluated and treated by appropriate medical and/or mental health consultants. Also, you should not try to follow The Armonk Diet if you have any difficulty swallowing. You need to be able to swallow very efficiently and comfortably. In addition, I recommend that anyone already underweight, such as due to the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia, refrain from using The Armonk Diet method to lose even more weight. If you are not overweight by standard weight chart criteria, or if you suspect you have an eating disorder or want to determine if you have a medical condition that led to your weight problem, please consult with your doctor or another appropriate medical professional. Do not construe anything in this book as medical advice.
Why call it The Armonk Diet? Armonk, NY, is a quiet little hamlet in the Town of North Castle in New York City’s northern suburbs best known for being home to IBM’s headquarters and Frosty the Snowman. It also boasts a funny-sounding name that is easy to remember, and many of its inhabitants are amazingly thin, rich, healthy and gorgeous, providing an excellent inspiration for those hoping to lose weight.
This book is the product of a successful personal weight loss quest, and is intended as a guide to those seeking help in their own quest. It is not an academic treatise, and you will not find footnotes and references. What you will find is my understanding of current weight loss science, presented to you in a way that I hope makes sense. You will gain an understanding of why we gain weight, why it is so hard to lose weight, and how you can finally solve your weight problem. Good luck!
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Disclaimer: results will vary from person to person.