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THINK! - Philip's mindful approach to weight loss

One often overlooked problem with dieting are food allergies.   

Food allergies can affect weight gain in several ways. First, food allergies can cause inflammation in the body, which can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb and use nutrients properly. This can lead to weight gain as the body is unable to effectively process the calories it is taking in. Additionally, people with food allergies may be limited in the foods that they can eat, which can lead to an unbalanced diet. Finally, food allergies can also lead to increased stress and anxiety, which can stimulate the body’s production of cortisol and other hormones that can lead to weight gain.

Blood types.

Although there is no scientific evidence to suggest that blood type has any effect on weight gain or keeping healthy, people who have tried eating foods according to their blood type often give rave reviews. Philip has never heard anything negative about the blood type diet. Doctors tend to refuse to endorse such approaches although often admit that they have seen positive results in many instances using such an approach. It is important that you do your own research when considering any of these methods.

Food Combinations.

Philip prefers eating foods with carbs in the morning and proteins in the evening. Food combinations can affect weight gain, carbs, and proteins in a variety of ways. Eating a combination of carbs and proteins can help to keep your blood sugar levels stable, which can reduce the risk of overeating and help to maintain a healthy weight. Eating a balanced combination of carbs and proteins may also help to reduce the risk of developing certain chronic diseases by providing the body with essential nutrients. Eating a combination of carbs and proteins can also help to build and repair muscle, which can help to burn more calories and promote weight loss.


Our approach and how we think plays a major role in weight gain. Those who think negatively about themselves and their body are more likely to overeat, eat unhealthy food, and remain inactive. People who have a positive outlook on themselves and their body tend to eat healthy, maintain regular physical activity, and make healthier lifestyle choices overall. Therefore, having a positive mindset and outlook on life can help prevent weight gain by promoting healthy habits and behaviors.

Here is Philips 20 tips for losing weight:

1. Always think about what you are eating (we are what we eat). Avoid at all cost, processed foods, especially meats, better cook the meat yourself. Philip is also wary of the colouring that is often used to improve the appearance of the product and to make it more attractive to consumers.

2. Easier said than done, but try to learn the origins of our foods. Pesticides in foods or the origins of seafood can often have a detrimental risk to your health

3. Food combination is important, eat proteins and carbs at different times of the day, this will speed up the metabolism.

4. Do not be scared to throw away food, if you're not enjoying it, leave it.

5. If you're drinking beer, not more than 4 or 5 pints per session and only eat protein foods with your beer. You can eat that steak (but not the fries) as the beer acts like an acid on the meat and helps digest the food. If you eat carbs, for example, potatoes, you will probably gain fat.

6. Just eat less, you will probably live much longer. Experiments with starving mice showed they lived 30% longer than those that were fed a normal diet. If you can get used to eating less, it will increase the energy levels and it's not bad on the bank balance.

7. Give up the desk job. Philip stands 50% of his time when working at his computer with lots of short walks in his local park. Sitting in a chair is the biggest killer, some say more deadly than cigarettes. Working in an office, often pays a higher salary but imagine you could work 9 years longer, have a more active lifestyle then this would probably more than offset any loss of salary.

8. Philip is a strong believer in fasting when done correctly (only for people overweight). He recommends doing a 5 day fast followed by 5 days of moderate eating (not to easily gain the weight back). This helps lose weight and also helps get rid of any dead cancer cells from the body and manage diabetes 2.

9. Have your weekend as your cheat days, enjoy your life (This gives a lazy digestive system a jolt). If you want to over indulge, just do it but always be aware of the calories you are consuming.

10. Turn dieting into a challenge, kind of a game. Always tell yourself you are going to beat this bad habit of overeating bad foods and mentally reward yourself when appropriate.

11. Philip likes to eat cooked foods just before bed (not raw foods). It will make you feel tired, and give you a good night's sleep. The trick here is to skip breakfast and have a moderate, late lunch. I can often skip all meals during the day.

12. Don't believe what the cereal companies tell you, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. It is an individual thing.

13, Sleep is essential for weight loss and overall health, so aim to get at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night.

14. Although Philip is not a fan of the Atkins diet, it does have its merits. He likes to eat more proteins (not necessarily meats but things like beans) and a little less carbs. When you get that craving for an apple, you know you have hit your marker and it's time to indulge in that bar of sweet chocolate.

15. There are four main blood groups (types of blood) - A, B, AB, and O. Philip believes you should eat according to your blood type. Although Doctors believe/state that all blood types are compatible with a variety of foods. Philip is not so sure that the science backs that theory up with numerous life changing stories of the positive effects of eating according to your blood type.

16. Chew your food, them extra few chomps will help with digestion.

17. Ice cold showers. After 18 months of cold showers, Philip just returned back to having normal hot showers. Philips technique here was, a very quick cold shower, jump back into a nice warm bed to warm up and get the energy levels back. Your body is using up huge amounts of energy to warm up, hence Philip liked an extra hour in bed after his shower. Other benefits include a much lower electricity bill, much less water consumption and a stronger immune system. My better half and my son often had the flu, in the 18 months, I only caught the flu once and it cleared up after a couple of days.

18. And last but not least, don't overdo the healthy living. Philip is not saying live a hermits lifestyle as we only live once. Everything should be done in moderation with a common sense approach (Think, Think, Think about what you are consuming, do you really need the extra fries).


What is the definition of a diet? A diet is a prescribed set of foods that a person consumes in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, or achieve other health goals. Different diets are popular for different reasons, such as weight loss, increased energy, improved digestion, and better overall health. Depending on the diet, it may also involve eating certain foods in specific amounts, avoiding certain foods altogether, and/or engaging in regular exercise.

Sitting in a chair all day can be detrimental to your health. It often can lead to poor posture, which can cause strain on your back, neck, and shoulders. It will normally cause tightness and stiffness in the hips, legs, and your feet. Furthermore, it can contribute to a sedentary lifestyle, which is associated with a variety of health risks, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Philip says, you might earn less not working in an office but with the quality of life, longer life expectancy, the income gap will probably even out overtime.

We should think about what we eat because the food we consume affects our overall health and well-being. Eating healthy foods provides us with the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients our bodies need for energy, growth, and development. Eating unhealthy foods can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. Additionally, what we eat can also have an impact on our mental health, energy levels, and mood. For these reasons, it is important to consider what we eat and make healthy choices when it comes to our diets.

What is the consensus (often easier said than done though):
Eat more fiber-rich foods - Drink plenty of water - Exercise regularly - Get enough sleep - Limit alcohol consumption - Eat more plant-based foods - Track your calorie intake - Be mindful of your portion sizes - Cut back on added sugar - Avoid sugary drinks - Fill up on vegetables - Use smaller plates - Eat slowly - Find healthy snacks.
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