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The Promise

Have you ever thought of leaning into your religious faith to help you lose weight? While definitely not your typical diet book, The Weigh Down Diet’s concept is that you can change your relationship with food by strengthening your relationship with God.

Author and registered dietitian Gwen Shamblin says the program’s focus is simple: Eat when you're hungry. When you need to feed your soul, reach out to God, not into your snack pantry. If you can recognize the difference between emotional eating and physical hunger, you’ll reach your goals.

The Weigh Down Diet does not call out one faith or denomination to find success (although it does reference the Bible). You only need to believe in some higher power to completely follow the plan.

What You Can Eat and What You Can't

The Weigh Down Diet is about how much you eat, and not about foods you must eat or avoid.

Listen to your body, notice when you're full, and stop eating. Those concepts apply regardless of faith.

To find out what hunger feels like, The Weigh Down Diet recommends that you don't eat anything until your stomach grumbles. Then eat something you love, even if it contains salt, sugar, or fat. You’re encouraged to eat regular food, rather than diet food. Experiment first by cutting your normal portion in half.

Eat slowly, concentrating on flavors and textures, and learn to stop when you start to feel full; don't wait until you're stuffed. Wait until you feel hungry to eat again.

The book suggests eating your favorite foods first, because you may feel full at any time. If you fill up on less favorable foods to start, you may feel compelled to keep eating to taste what you really love. Keep in mind, though, that if your favorites aren't good for you, you may not meet your nutritional needs.

Alcoholic beverages are permitted in moderation.

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