The Instinct Diet: Use Your Five Food Instincts to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

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Satisfying our hardwired instincts has been critical to our survival for as long as we have been human. That's why we eat when food is available, choose the most calorie-dense foods, and hate the feeling of hunger. Today, these same drives are leading millions down the path of obesity. But Dr. Susan B. Roberts, an internationally recognized nutrition researcher at Tufts University, shows how to turn our food instincts into an engine for permanent, healthy weight loss.

The Instinct Diet—the "I" diet—is a pleasure to follow: a diet based on impeccable research, a diet where the dieter never goes hungry, a diet that's unequivocally healthy, thoroughly grounded in the metabolic, genetic, and psychological workings of the human body. Essentially, it shows how you can control the controls. Through its focus on delicious, deeply satisfying dishes like Orange Crumbed French Toast, Pork and Lemongrass Soup, Watercress and Citrus Salad with Parmesan Toast, and Chocolate Bread Pudding, plus proven behavioral modifications (Dr. Roberts is a professor of nutrition and professor of psychiatry), the diet is a fat-burning marvel. At Tufts, 85 percent of participants in Dr. Roberts' research program lost 10 to 50 pounds in the first six months, and 90 percent of them kept the weight off for at least a year. The Instinct Diet shares everything learned by Dr. Roberts over 17 years and more: better ways to lose weight whatever you eat; also a three-stage diet plan; over 100 recipes; eight weeks of menus (with vegetarian and "non-cook" options throughout); and dozens of ideas and strategies for how to retrain our bodies—how to combat the "Gulping Syndrome," use the "Sandwich Technique," why tapping your forehead is an emergency measure to reduce food cravings, and more.

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The Instinct Diet is breakthrough, a diet based on impeccable research. A diet that genuinely deals with problems like feeling hungry or deprived. A diet unequivocally healthy for you, grounded in the metabolic, genetic and psychological workings of the human body. A diet where the dieter gets to eat delicious foods like Orange-Crumbed French Toast, Tuscan Minestrone, Cajun Cod and Chocolate Bread Pudding or opt for tasty no-cook meals.

And it’s a diet that works, combining proven strategies from Dr. Roberts’ research at Tufts—where volunteers lost 10 to 50 pounds and kept the weight off for at least a year—with the latest cutting-edge research from around the world.

The secret of The Instinct Diet lies in understanding that five built-in food instincts control our eating habits, and then in learning how we can control the controls. To satisfy hunger, build meals around foods that are proven to make you feel full. To counter the availability instinct in our food-food-everywhere culture, learn to fight the Gulping Syndrome and why simple strategies like eating at regular times help weight loss. Cope with cravings for calorie-dense foods with effective strategies, including the “I” Diet bonus treats—without losing the pleasure of eating. And learn how to deal with the bookend problems of familiarity, with its powerful “comfort food” triggers, and variety, which turns us into passive overeaters.

Organized into a two-week Stage I, six-week Stage II and lifelong maintenance Stage III program, The Instinct Diet includes a full range of weekly menus—for both omnivores and vegetarians—and over 100 recipes. Throughout are dozens of new motivational and behavioral tips. For example, did you know that tapping your forehead is an emergency measure to quell a sudden craving?

Don’t follow your instincts—lead them. And discover a life-changing diet.

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Learn how to control the controls. For millions of years, humans survived by obeying five basic food instincts, for example, Eat whenever food is available and Choose foods dense in calories. But today these same hardwired behaviors are leading many of us down the path of weight gain. No longer. Inspired by Dr. Susan B. Roberts' stunningly successful research program, as well as her deep understanding of hundreds of independent scientific studies, The Instinct Diet shows how to take charge of our food instincts and turn them into an engine for permanent, healthy weight loss. Its publication marks a brand-new approach to dieting.

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