Lose weight by following this three step plan that isn’t a diet! 20



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When we think about losing weight, the majority of us think about extreme dieting and we know that it only works for some people. However researchers from Cornell University believe they have found the perfect non-diet method to lose weight.

It’s called C.A.N. and is a three rule method that comes down to food choices being Convenient (easy to reach), Attractive (enticingly displayed), and Normal (an obvious choice).

The researchers analysed 112 studies that gathered information about healthy eating behaviours. People who ate healthiest did so when a grocery store, restaurant, or partner offered up food following this formula. Think about a bowl of fruit displayed on a countertop versus fruit buried in a drawer in your fridge and you get the idea.

The study, published in the journalPsychology and Marketing, also offers hints about what to avoid: Watch out for specials at restaurants that have a tempting name, like Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo; are highlighted on the menu; and that your waitress is touting.

“With these three principles, there are endless changes that can be made to lead people…to eat healthier,” promises Brian Wansink, PhD, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.

So next time you’re thinking about losing weight, instead of going for a diet try the C.A.N. method instead! Think about your food differently and treat it a little differently and you could enjoy the same fantastic results as you would cutting down on food by force!

Tell us, do you think the C.A.N. method would work for you?



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  1. No fancy rules are needed. Dieting just doesn’t work. If it did, then why are so many people having to diet for so many times throughout their life? It’s because diets do not work! We need an edge. Losing weight is freaking hard as can be, especially with so much information out there on the right way or wrong way to lose fat. Foods we can’t eat, exercises we gotta do, it’s enough to drive somebody crazy.

    It ain’t just about eating less and moving more or counting calories and weighing all your food. Sure, that stuff works for a little bit but it only gets you so far and then once you stop that diet you just gain it all back (and usually extra weight!). We lost right around 158 pounds (between the 2 of us) in just under 3 months (we tried different diets and reviewed them on our website at http://stevesweightloss.com ). It’s all about a life change. Starving yourself, doing cardio till you drop and popping diet pills don’t work and it never will.

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    • I think as you age the bodies metabolism slows hugely. All my life I have done physical hard work, medically it caught up with me, unable to move as before I have ploughed the weight on. Rarely ever cooked with preservatives, I am finding the meal sizes have to be drastically reduced to match my less vigorous lifestyle.

  2. I have lost 7 kilos in 7 weeks by just not drinking my daily bottle of wine.I don’t need diets,just abstinence.

  3. I don’t buy anything that will be in my cupboard begging me to eat it. I leave my fruit on the table. I have lost five kilos in three months. I am careful but do believe if it’s there, I will eat it. 🙂

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    • yes but your intelligent with it, you walk as well, look at the long trek you made up a mountain, you deserve your weight loss and I bet you look good for it

    • Thank you Leanna. When I realized that exercise with chronic bronchitis was a must, I was much better off. It gets hard with this disease, so you tend not to do it. But if you push and do a little, it helps a lot. My oxygen levels are better than they have been in two years, and as you said I walk now. I can sometimes do an hour but mostly 30 minutes. I never miss my weight exercises though as they strengthen up the chest muscles. They also have helped me lose six inches around my waist. I have become a big advocate of healthy eating and a little exercise. I do not diet but I am careful. My doctor says at our age we need to carry a little bit more than normal weight to help fight if we do get ill. I am being realistic and know I won’t get into a size 8 again, but will be happy with a few more kilos gone. I believe the concept of this plan is great.

    • Well done!!. That’s great to lose that much. I eat well but it is the chocolate which is my undoing. I should stop buying it. I am not tempted by bread or cake or soft drinks, just chocolate.

    • Fran what did you have to do to lose the inches off your waist? This is my only problem. I am 5 feet 1 inch and weigh 54 kilos, a size 10 or 12, but my waist is a size 14!! If I exercise it hurts my back. Any suggestions? Cheers, Christa. Xx

    • I did weights Christa. I started out with 1.5 kilos and progressed to 4 kilos over 12 weeks. 3repeats of ten every day of bicep curls, shoulder crunches etc. A physio can tell you. I do these every day.

  4. I remember chatting to a lady once about eating and food etc. She mentioned a very well known weight management company and said to me ‘it really works, I’ve been three times’. At first she wondered why I laughed but as I said to her if it did work you only have to go once. Then she understood. It is all down to eating correctly and some activity.

  5. A lot is genetic. Sluggish or high metabolism. Would be good to be able to slim down just on certain parts of the body. Unfortunately comes off the face first, which at my age would like that area to be plumped. Waist always the last. Good healthy food, & a few treats in moderation. Try to eliminate sugar.

  6. Same as you Debbie McLain
    I have always very hard j work physicall
    Had to give up work so a bit of weight has gone on
    I try very hard to matin weight very hard
    But life is good

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