I was just not interested in the Christian approach.
There are so many ways to lose weight on the market now. Even more so than ever before. This is one of the ones that I strongly have an issue with. I feel as though the founder of this diet is using religion and the naivety of very religious people to make money. I tried this diet and maybe not having a strong basis in Christianity is the reason it did not work for me. I do not know. I read the book and I find issue with using a religion that teaches that money is not the answer to sell books to lose weight through religion a little hypocritical. I tried very hard to use my "God given common sense" to lose weight with this diet, and I had little success. I do not see how to praying can help me lose weight. I need to learn to eat the right foods, not wait for God to tell me what I should and should not eat. I will be waiting a long time if I have to do that. I think this diet might work for you if you have strong religious ties, but if you do not, try another diet. This is not the one for you.
I love the focus on this diet on being a way of life that nourishes your body rather than a mere quick fix to a weight problem. The key premise behind this diet plan is evaluating your portion size and examining why you eat the way you do. Are you eating out of boredom, guilt, shame, or some other emotion reason? Are there certain environmental triggers that cause you to want certain foods, such as sweets and carbs? This approach takes a deeper look at the behavior and psychology behind our eating habits. It also educates readers on proper portion sizes. The average American diet is laden with sugary carbs and junk. It is also far too much food for our daily energy expenditure. This diet gets to the root of the problem rather than merely addressing the symptoms of being overweight.
If you follow the principles, you can experience a healthy lifestyle change.
You'll save money by eating far less food and still being satisfied.
Ease of Use
She is very clear on portion sizes.
Weigh Down Diet-Keeps My Weight Down.
Gwen Shamblins Weigh Down Diet I've never been heavy but always have had trouble staying at a healthy weight. I tried every diet you can think of and slowly pounds come back on. About 12 years ago a friend of my started Gwen Shamblins Weigh Down Workshop. I was skeptical because other diets had failed me, and I had failed them. From infancy I was never properly fed nor taught when and when not to eat. I ate what ever was given to me by my mother and she fed me when she wanted to even if my first meal wasn't until 1:00pm in the afternoon as a young child who can't make their own choices or food you are stuck and you take what you can get when you get it. Do to this I had never knew what my hunger signs were and developed bad eating habits.
The plan is very simple. Eat when you are hungry, stop when you feel satisfaction, be obedient to the internal hunger signs that God has given you, eat what you want as long as you are hungry for the food. You need to be disciplined in this like any other program. Whether it be via video class, online, or with this book (I read the book and went to a video class). You will be taught spiritually, mentally, emotionally, & physically what to do. Most of the classes are free at most churches you may need to pay a small fee for extra materials if you choose to purchase personal audio/dvd ect. The book is resonalbly priced. The website is VERY helpful. 12 years later am still where I desire to be spiritually, mentally, emotionally, & physically.
The website is: http://www.weighdown.com/AboutUs/TheWeighDownApproach/tabid/133/Default.aspx
Here is an excerpt from the website below explaining a little about the diet.
The Weigh Down Approach
**What does God have to do with this anyway?**
With God's help you can learn to stop in the middle of a meal and have no desire to eat the second half if your stomach is satisfied! God did not put chocolate or lasagna or real blue cheese dressing on earth to torture us, but rather for our enjoyment. However, He wants us to learn how to rise above the magnetic pull of the refrigerator so that food does not consume our lives!
**The problem and the solution**
We have been created with two empty, needing-to-be-fed holes in our body. One is the stomach, and the other is the heart.
The stomach is a literal hole in our body which is to be fed with the proper amount of food. As for the heart, I am speaking figuratively of our deep-down feelings. To satisfy these deep-down feelings, needs, or desires of the heart, we may often turn to food and overload our stomach with more than it needs.
Trying to feed a hurting, needy heart with food or anything on this earth (alcohol, tobacco, antidepressants, sexual lusts, money, the praise of other people, etc.) is a common error. The person who attempts to feed a longing heart with food will stay on the path to overweight. Those who pursue an overindulgence of alcohol or tobacco or power will also reap the consequences of those pursuits. There is nothing inherently evil about food, alcohol, tobacco, money, credit cards, etc. However, it is wrong to become a slave to any of these things or to let them master you.
**The solution for overweight**
As you can see from the diagram, we have been trying to feed our hurting, longing hearts with physical food. We have also learned to love food. Therefore, the solution is as follows:
1. Relearn how to feed the stomach only when it is truly hungry.
2. Relearn how to feed or nourish the longing human soul with a relationship with God.
3. Relearn how to recognize the different "hunger" urges and not confuse them.
East Greenwich, RI
Weight loss from a Christian and common sense approach
The author is a registered dietican and leader of her own church. I read this book several years ago and utilized her ideas to combine weight loss with Christianity successfully. She is a great motivator and practices what she "preaches." I lost 42 pounds by adhering to her principles and practices and adding daily walking, although exercise is not an integral part of her "plan" for weight loss at all. I also attended one of her workshops in a local church. However, I understand this same material, or a good portion of it, is now offered by her online (free) so I would suggest checking into that before making the decision to purchase the book, although the book is not without merit, and can be used as a great resource. There is some media attention surrounding the author currently (and in the past) which I believe is aimed at questioning some of her religious beliefs. In my opinion, as long as you're a Christian, you can still benefit from incorporating your own personal religious beliefs with her "common sense" practices and obtain your desired weight loss goals.
I did research also..
When I moved a week, I decided to do a lot of research online this week to spend Weigh Down Diet. I believe nothing of what he found was scary , but I saw a lot (and I emphasize .. MAS) of people had to say. Yes, I think the founder of WD has a bit in its original message, but I found nothing inherently alarming, but it is recommended that you use your own God given common sense. I think found the founder has set itself on a platform provided by the supporters of his regime, and I think like a man in a situation like God is to shoulder a heavy burden. I think this may be one reason for their view of things hard in the last two years. In any case, I think the first book The Weight Down Diet is an impressive work that arrives at the root of many problems. I also like the series weigh down at home. Remember, nothing is black and white ... Use of the Spirit of God gave you free will, and gave you the highest pos ... and please do not judge!
I lost 45 pounds in a year and kept it off
Weigh down is wonderful. But you have to be willing to DO it my friend. It's crazy at first - like scary - eat whatever I want? Never be worried about being fat again?
So here's the premise. You have to fast until you feel hungry. You have to figure out what that feels like then go from there - next is you have to figure out what full feels like. Sounds hard - I know - because we lost it trying to placate mom and dad about the starving people in . . .
So anyway the best part is when you aren't hungry but want to eat anyway. That's when we turn to God. That's when we feed our heart with what it needs. That's when we grow inside.
It's great - and I don't struggle with weight any more. I look great and feel great inside and out.