I am the writer of a diet book, which is a little of an anomaly among the other books I have written. Most of my books are sci-fi or fantasy, with a sprinkling of horror to spice the mix, so the diet book really is unusual. The reason I wrote it is that, back in 2013 when I wrote the first edition, I felt I had an insight into dieting that wasn’t out there and that I wanted to share.

I am big built and my natural state seems to be to to carry a bit of fat in all the usual places for a guy. I get fat mostly round the belly and thighs, but I also get a double chin, love handles and moobs. It isn’t a pretty picture, at least in my opinion. I’m far from obese but I have always hankered for a slimmer physique.

Over the years between about 2010 and 2015 I achieved that skinnier build, in my forties when the only alternative was the even greater weight gain brought by middle-age spread and letting myself go. I read diet books, and tried to put their recommendations into practice, but none of it worked for me. I realized the problem was mostly in my mind, and that my own brain was sabotaging any effort I made to diet. To get weight off and keep weight off I had to stop focusing on the food I was eating, and instead try to deal with my mental relationship with food.

I read a lot and logged my dieting in minute detail, including my appetite, feelings of fullness, cravings, body image, weight, calories ingested, exercise, experiments with self-hypnosis, and various other factors too numerous to mention. I came to the conclusion that any attempt to achieve weight loss that didn’t factor all these elements in was likely to fail, if not over the short term, then certainly over the long term. The book I ended up writing basically just collects my thoughts on how I managed to diet successfully.

Okay, here comes the elevator pitch. The Mindset Diet is:

A mix of old-school calorie counting and insights into how to beat the psychology that sabotages your dieting.

This is the second edition, and I have what I think is a very good reason for revisiting what I wrote half a decade ago. The reason is that I had what I think of as a relapse, and it was a big relapse. I stopped counting a few months after writing my diet book, and put a bunch of the weight back on. It turns out my brain had a few tricks up its sleeve to sabotage my dieting that I wasn’t read for, at least not yet, not back then.

But now I’m dieting again, and the same techniques that worked for me last time are working again, and that is why I revisited the book, older and wiser. The book is available at most ebook sellers, for example you can buy a copy here at Kobo.

Back when I was dieting that first time, I just used a pencil and a notebook to keep track of what I was eating, but now I use an app on my phone. The weight loss app I’m using to help me keep track of calories at the moment is MyNetDiary, but that isn’t an affiliate link and I’m not particularly endorsing them. There are many other options out there that will do the job just as well, but this one works for me on my museum-piece Android phone and has a free version that isn’t too limited.

Like I said, I have in the past quite happily written my calories in a diary, with a pencil, like a cave man, so I don’t think having a full-featured health and fitness app is a particular prerequisite for weight loss. In fact the only reason I’m mentioning which app I’m using at all is that I have illustrated this blog post with a screen grabs from the app’s interface.

As with many of these apps, this one generates a daily calorie ceiling for me based on the information I give it. It’s the usual mix of data that any dieter will already be familiar with being asked for, including height, weight, and once again being confronted with the fact that my life is emphatically categorized as sedentary.

The calorie total I’ve been given to stay under today is 1,834, which I know from experience works for me, if I can hit it, for slow and steady weight loss with a little plateauing here and there. This isn’t my first rodeo, folks: I’ve been dieting – off and on, now and again, more or less seriously – since I was at school, and that was a very long time ago. I am very familiar with how many calories my weight loss target is. The difficult thing is always achieving the mental discipline to hit that target or go under it. That, in my opinion is the crux of dieting, what goes on in your own head.

Over my life, my weight has been high at times, up to about a 220 pounds, and at other times I have managed to bring it way down. My lowest weight has been 157 pounds, the weight I was when I wrote my diet book. At that weight I looked skinny. My bull neck was gone, replaced by a pencil, and my meaty arms became spaghetti, but I still had small love handles. I could have gone lower, I guess, and burnt off those little deposits of fat round my middle, but I already felt slight, and I didn’t want to become even smaller.

Right now I’m 190 pounds in weight, down from over 200 pounds, but that is still too heavy. I’m sure there are lots of people who would be quite happy at that weight, but it is not a good weight for me. My belly bulges over my jeans and pushes them down, I’m out of breath after climbing a flight or two of stairs and I’ve become a world champion snorer. Sometimes when I wake up, my face stings from the vibrations of snoring all night.

But I am back on the count now, and I am beating my calorie budget every day. I know I can lose the weight again, I’ve done it before, and this book is where I have collected the insights and tips that helped me do it.

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If complex diet plans and fitness regimens have never worked for you, and you are constantly losing the mental battle to steer clear of junk food, then the Mindset Diet may be for you. This is not a crash diet plan or a rigorous exercise regimen, it is an attitude, a whole new mindset. This book is packed with insights and tips to help you manage your weight and stay away from patterns of eating that promote weight gain. It focuses on the size of the portions we consume, and learning how to beat cravings. This is a back to basics approach, where you count your calories every day, but it shows you how to build sinful temptations into this regimen. A combination of old-school calorie counting and the latest insights into the psychology of appetite are combined to give you the best possible chance of losing weight. Click the book cover and go to the storefront you prefer to buy it now, or follow this link.

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