How to Retrain Your Appetite: Lose weight permanently by eating all your favourite foods

This self-help book is for people who have gained weight because they have lost touch with using natural hunger and fullness signals to guide their eating.

The book shows you how to relearn to eat in tune with your body, whilst still eating your favourite foods, taking one manageable step at a time. It is the antithesis to 'going on a diet'. It is also the antidote to 'clean eating', as you eat what you already, and have always, loved instead of a prescribed set of acceptable foods.

The unique position of The Appetite Doctor's appetite retraining programme is that it bridges biology and psychology and puts the focus on specific habit change, all while taking into account the natural resistance we have to making changes. It teaches you how to work with, not against, your body.

Chapters include:

1. A New Approach to Weight Loss

2. The Appetite System - an overview of the science behind your taste buds and digestion, introducing Dr McCarthy's concept of the Appetite Pendulum.

3. The Psychology of Eating and Appetite

4. Stop Eating When You're Full

5. Establish a New Routine

6. Tackle Your Saboteurs

7. Wait Until You're Definitely Hungry

8. Stop Emotional Eating

9. Know What to Eat

10. Maintain Your New Weight.

'In a world of soaring obesity, and no consensus on the best diet to follow, Helen s approach is invaluable to help our patients adopt sensible eating habits. I have used it on a personal and professional level.'

Dr Lynn Thompson, NHS GP

'I have been talking to patients about Appetite Retraining. This simple message has had amazing results already! Several patients have also noticed the benefits of the positive acceptance of how they feel, tuning into and trusting their deeper sensory mechanisms extending beyond their dietary habits. It took a fraction of the time to discuss and did not feel like a finger-wagging exercise on my part.'

Dr Ashish Bhatia, NHS GP

About the Author

Dr Helen McCarthy is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has a D. Phil in the psychology of eating disorders from Oxford University.

She is an expert in providing psychological therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and integrates mainstream approaches with cutting-edge techniques from other areas of psychology. 

Her clinical career working with individuals spans 29 years and she evolved her appetite retraining method over the last seven years. She runs a weekly blog on her website and has appeared in the Sun, Women's Healthmagazine and Marie Claire magazine.