In response to popular demand we're delighted to invite Dr John Briffa for a live webchat next Wednesday 4 July at 12 midday.
Dr John Briffa is a doctor, award-winning health writer, and former columnist for The Daily Mail and The Observer. He is author of eight books on nutrition and self-help. His latest, Escape the Diet Trap has been widely discussed across the Mumsnet Talk boards.
In Escape The Diet Trap, Dr Briffa says you can 'achieve successful, sustainable weight loss without consciously cutting back on food and without the need for exhausting exercise'. One Mumsnetter describes the book as '...brilliant. Really easy to read without being patronising, and an eye opener with all the studies he cites. Really makes me feel that I am following a healthy diet for the first time in ages'. and another says, 'His advice is smart, sensible and rooted in Proper Science - but it's still controversial. Perfect for a webchat!'
Join us over lunch (extra helpings appear to be acceptable ) at noon on Wednesday 4 July to chat to Dr John Briffa, or if you're unable to join us on the day, post a question in advance on this thread.
We are delighted to announce that Dr John Briffa will be running a 1-day Mumsnet Academy course on 21 October in Central London. To read more about this fabulous course and sign up for a place, click here.
Ow, am not too late. I watched your You Tube video which had been recommended to me on the Minimins weight loss website. Really interesting to listen to and I would recommend it to anyone who has a quiet hour. I also have your latest book.
I have lost 2 stone 4 pounds since March 10th by low carbing and cutting out as much sugar as I can. I have another stone to go which I am addressing at the moment.
Dieting really is a state of mind though isnt it, we eat for any other reason apart from hunger which is why we get fat in the first place. So do you have any tips for keeping focus which is what I currently need as I am no longer losing as I keep straying from the golden path to loveliness.
Dr Briffa (swoons) Thank you for coming to talk to us. What is your professional opinion of the Swedish study which has been sensationalised in the British media?
Also (sneaking in an extra question hoping Oliviamumsnet won't notice) do you think we will get to the point where supermarkets are catering more for low carbers? Every prepared salad I pick up has pasta or rice in it. I am following a low carb diets which is fine when I am at home or work but out and about proves more of a challenge
Have a look at my answer to letticepetticoat for my view on the Swedish (and similar) study.
Think the thing about pasta and rice in salads is that it's cheap and filling and allows shops to sell stuff that feels like good value. Not sure this is going to change very quickly. Have noticed that shops like Pret and Eat do good soups and salads that might work if you're in the vicinity.
I have to look at the role of fish oils and vit D in ms. I thought I'd done that when I was dx - 8ish years ago [basically, they are good]. Does anyone know anything about this? Does Dr John say anything in any of his books?
Hi MNHQ - I had to go out and didn't get a chance to say THANKYOU to Dr Briffa - please pass it on and tell him he is a great web-chatter! It was genuinely interactive, which most guests don't manage to do. ACE!
Hi John. I found your book very enlightening and it made me think about nutrition and the horrors of the food industry. Who knew Quorn was so evil? I must say though, that upon trying to follow the nutritional 'diet plan' of the book, I did actually gain 3 or 4 pounds in a fortnight. I was so hungry when cutting out bread, pasta, and other similar carbs that I filled up on nuts and then gained weight. I don't think it agreed with me. As someone with blood group A, if you follow the blood group diet then people of my blood group fare better on cereals and vegetables/ fruit, which isn't allowed in the Diet Trap book. So I would question whether the plan works for all blood types.
BIWI - Ask him to have a look at my Bootcamp rules and tell me what he thinks, or if there is anything he would change. (Please!)
Change rule number 1, Dr Briffa said it is ok not to have breakfast and I am convinced that not having breakfast has accelerated my weight loss, and it does seem to be the meal at which people struggle to know what to have to eat.