Today I was browsing books in a charity shop and came across Paul McKenna's I Can Make You Thin As someone has mentioned this previously in this forum, I started leafing through the book. It seems that it promotes the following ideas: <ol>[*]When you are hungry - eat.[*]Eat what you want, not what you think you should (= trust your body, it will tell you to eat the right nutrients)[*]When you are full, stop.</ol>I have no problem with 1., although what comes to mind is an interview with a bariatric surgeon who said people somehow got this idea that being hungry was bad. He said animals don't snack, i.e. a lion does not say "I'll just have a squirrel to tide me over till the next zebra", but humans somehow got this idea that being hungry has to be avoided at any cost. As for 2, well, then obviously my body will never crave chocolate since it has no nutrients, it's mostly ready-made sugar (unhealthy, the body can manufacture its own sugars from complex carbohydratess) and unhealthy types of fat. So just by deciding to follow McKenna's system I won't ever think of cakes, ice-cream, chocolate, chips and whipped cream. (Now why am I thinking of cholocalte while I am writing this?) 3. When you're full, stop. Well, isn't that the point? When people finish a casserole dish, they are usually full. So why do they eat dessert? If they were still hungry, they'd want more casserole, wouldn't they? So again, does this not cut out all dessert per se? But there's another issue as well. Most overweight people complain of lack of willpower. Of course they would like to stop after a handful of crisps, after two bites of chocolate, one slice of cake, a handful of cashew nuts. But they can't. If they could, there would be no need for McKenna's (or anyone's) system: they would just stop after two bites of chocolate and never get fat. No one says 2 bites of chocolate is bad for you. I have lost a considerable amount of weight by cutting out bread. Do I "want" bread? Every day. Should I eat it? Very rarely. But I have kept the weight off, and I don't keep bread at home at all. So I think I will stick to eating what I think I should, and also to going hungry now and then for a few hours as I think it's part of life. Any thoughts?