If you’ve tried every trick in the book to lose weight without lasting success, look no further than ‘Feel Great Lose Weight’ by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. This transformative book delves into the core reasons behind weight struggles and provides actionable, sustainable lifestyle changes to reset your health and achieve successful weight loss.
In this review, we’ll delve into the key concepts and insights presented by Dr. Chatterjee in ‘Feel Great Lose Weight,’ guiding you through a journey of understanding and practical application for a healthier, happier you.
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, a highly influential UK doctor, is transforming medicine by focusing on identifying the root causes of health issues.
His pioneering methods were featured on the popular BBC show, Doctor in the House, reaching a global audience in over 70 countries. His international bestsellers, ‘The Four Pillar Plan’ and ‘How to Make Disease Disappear,’ have been among the top 10 selling health titles in the last 5 years.
What is the book about?
‘Feel Great Lose Weight’ by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee offers a refreshing and realistic approach to weight loss that goes beyond quick fixes and restrictive meal plans.
The book presents practical and easy-to-follow advice, focusing on sustainable lifestyle changes rather than magic tricks or extreme diets. It emphasises the importance of factors like quality sleep and stress management, which are often overlooked in traditional weight loss approaches. Dr. Chatterjee introduces habits that are easy to incorporate into daily life, making weight loss a more achievable and enjoyable journey.
With ‘Feel Great Lose Weight’ you will:
1. Gain insight into the impact of what, why, when, where, and how we eat on our bodies.
2. Find out the root cause of your weight gain.
3. Nurture your body without resorting to crash diets or exhausting exercise routines.
4. Adopt sustainable, medically-approved lifestyle changes and transform into a more vibrant, self-assured, and healthier version of yourself.
Table of contents
- What We Eat
- Why We Eat
- When We Eat
- How We Eat
- Where We Eat
- How to Do Your Plan
- Sources and Further Reading
Key takeaways from ‘Feel Great Lose Weight’
1Meal timing is as important as food choice
‘Feel Great Lose Weight’ emphasises that the timing of our meals is as crucial as the content. The author provides an example of Alan – a general practitioner who struggled to lose weight. Alan’s diet could be generally characterised as a healthy one. However, he overindulged in dinner, dessert, and snacks while watching television after a busy day at the office.
Dr. Chatterjee advised Alan to change his eating habits by having a heavier breakfast and a lighter dinner. And it worked.
Alan’s experience illustrates the impact of adjusting meal timing, leading to successful weight loss. Research confirms that consuming most calories earlier in the day aids weight management. Avoiding frequent snacking and adopting time-restricted eating can further enhance results. This practical and research-backed approach promotes sustainable weight loss and improved overall health by working in harmony with our body’s natural rhythms.
2The key to losing weight and feeling great is to focus on movement rather than exercise
Focusing on movement rather than exercise can significantly contribute to feeling great and losing weight. Our ancestors, despite their active lifestyles, burned roughly the same number of calories as modern humans who spend more time sitting. The idea of ‘calories in, calories out’ for weight loss is oversimplified and doesn’t consider the body’s complex signals.
Instead, paying attention to movement, such as non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), can help burn excess energy and maintain a healthy weight. Incorporating movement into daily activities, like walking everywhere possible, doing simple lifts during daily tasks, or engaging in enjoyable activities like dancing, can be more sustainable and enjoyable alternatives to rigorous workouts. Emphasising movement as a fundamental part of being human can lead to feeling good and supporting weight management.
3Stress and weight gain mutually influence each other
Stress and emotions often lead to overeating, seeking comfort and dopamine from ‘blissy foods’ instead of nourishment. Research shows a strong link between obesity and adverse childhood experiences, where people learn to find emotional security in food from an early age.
Dr. Chatterjee provides a relatable example of Emily, who struggled with weight and experienced feelings of worthlessness after years of unsuccessful dieting. Stress and pressures in life can contribute to weight gain, keeping our bodies in an action mode that increases the ‘store fat’ signal. To break the cycle of shame, practicing self-kindness is essential. For example, saying three kind things to yourself each morning can be effective, such as ‘I am a good person,’ ‘I care for others,’ and ‘I deserve the best in life.’
Overall rating & strengths and weaknesses, according to readers’ reviews
Provides sensible, sustainable, and positive information for achieving target weight and living a healthier life.
Debunks important myths and presents the science in an accessible and doable manner.
Integrates various theoretical concepts about food into a cohesive and practical approach.
Offers valuable insights into understanding body signals, insulin resistance, and the impact of low-calorie diets on weight management.
Emphasises long-term strategies for maintaining weight loss and achieving a healthy self.
Lacks sufficient acknowledgement of the risks of disordered eating, especially when discussing fasting.
In some parts, the book lacks in references to specific studies, relying on the author’s anecdotes and personal experiences to support claims.
Best quotes from ‘Feel Great Lose Weight’
“Some foods damage your hunger signal, and stop you from feeling full. Some foods increase your cravings, increase your weight point, and over-activate your store-fat signal. Healthy wholefood meals will help reset your body’s signals so you eat just enough and feel satisfied.”
“When we eat can be just as important as what we eat. It’s important to understand that the body has daily rhythms, and when we eat out of sync with them, we make it more likely we’ll put on excess weight. We should also be careful not to eat too frequently and have set periods in the day where we don’t eat in order to help reset our signals.”
“Professional content creators have the full-time job of making “healthy” food look perfect and the influencers you’re following will likely be among the best in the business. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that’s what your meals should look like, too. If you have porridge every day for lunch, or some supermarket fish and a tub of microwaved veggies for dinner, you can feel like you’ve somehow failed.”
‘Feel Great Lose Weight’ by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is a game-changing book for anyone who has struggled with weight loss and is looking for a sustainable and realistic approach. With a focus on understanding the root causes of weight struggles and making practical lifestyle changes, this transformative book offers a path to achieving lasting weight loss and a healthier, more energised life.
So, if you’re ready to break free from the cycle of unsuccessful weight loss attempts and embrace a healthier lifestyle, this book is your ideal companion.
Where to buy
You may purchase on Amazon at the best price. It is available in paperback, Kindle and audio, so you may choose an option that appeals to you the most.
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