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Can Eating Every Two Hours Really Help Me Lose Weight?

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If I ate every two hours, I’d still be over 300 pounds.

If you’re not familiar with me and my work, I’m the psychotherapist who discovered how to lose weight permanently when I lost 140 lbs. after 25 years of failure at diets and exercise. I’ve kept it off for over twenty-five years, teach others these methods, and I’ve written a book about it, The Anderson Method. Click on “The Method”, and “Testimonials” in the menu bar above to get more details on the method and what readers and clients are saying about it.

We hear from various diet, exercise and “weight loss coaches” that eating every two hours boosts your metabolism, that it prevents it from slowing down when you don’t eat. People get the idea that they are going to start burning lots of calories by eating, almost like exercise will burn more calories.

What nonsense. I’ve looked for the science that supports these claims, and it’s hard to find anything other than findings that the thermogenic effect of eating is about 3%. If you don’t eat often, your metabolism drops by 3%. Even if that was all day, the net effect would be a caloric savings of 50 to 100 calories. If you end up eating an extra 1000 calories by eating every two hours, very easy to do, you’d end up with a surplus that is the equivalent of a weight gain of 2 lbs. a week. Maybe people who never really had an overeating problem could eat every couple of hours and keep the day’s calories low enough to lose weight, but I’d have a hard time limiting these little snacks to 200 calories. I’d end up eating 500 calories every two hours. And the idea that it would make you eat less at the real meals is laughable. My experience was that the more I ate, the more I needed to eat.

When I was a kid listening to the dietitians and doctors and gym teachers, I thought they must know what they’re talking about with their advice like this “eat every two hours” idea. I learned that they really didn’t know what overeaters experience. They are clueless and think they know what the problem is and how to solve it. Most don’t.

If you are overweight and have tried everything and keep bigger year after year, don’t blame yourself for the failings. You are up against a behavioral problem that is far more difficult to master than alcoholism and drug addiction. Most of the people who want to tell you how to lose weight have no idea what it is you experience and no idea how to solve the problem. They are convinced they know, but that doesn’t mean they do. So maybe the people who really don’t have a problem can shed a few pounds with these diet tips. With most people, anytime they pay attention to what they’re eating and try to follow a plan, they usually eat less and lose weight. And then they think they know how you can succeed. If you are an overeater like I was, they don’t. Eating every two hours will not fire up your metabolism in any significant way, and will probably make things worse. If you get in the habit of eating every two hours, you might find yourself with a problem that is much worse.

Read my book, The Anderson Method, to find the way to solve your weight problem for good.

Can I Lose and Control my Weight Without Exercise?


I’m William (Bill) Anderson, the psychotherapist who discovered Therapeutic Psychogenics, the successful method in behavioral medicine to lose weight permanently. I was s0 happy when I learned that I could solve my weight problem without having to exercise. In my prior “fat”  life, I was over 300 lbs. and everything I did was painful. I hated exercise my whole life, since I was a kid in gym class. The idea that I needed to exercise to lose and control my weight, which was something that all the “experts” said I needed to do, was so discouraging. So, it was a great relief when I found that exercise didn’t really do much to help with weight, and I could lose weight and control it even if I couldn’t exercise.

Here’s the facts: to lose weight, you need to have habits where you undereat, eating an average of fewer calories than you burn. Say you burn 2000 calories a day, you’d need to average less than that. To avoid gaining weight, you need to have habits where you don’t average over 2000. To lose a pound a week, the cumulative deficit has to add up to 3500 calories. Here’s the deal with exercise: If you go out and bust your butt with an hour walk, you only burn an extra 300 calories or so. That’s less than a donut or bagel’s worth of calories! No wonder I used to gain weight when I exercised! I’d exercise, think I should be able to have a donut now, eat one and cancel out the exercise, then have another and gain!  Lots of people gain weight when they exercise because they feel like they deserve to eat and then they have thousands more a day! If you look at the calories in the stuff you eat, you’ll see. Exercise is of no value in weight control if your eating is out of control, which is the real problem for most of us.

Getting the eating right, so that it becomes easy and automatic is no easy trick. That’s where behavioral medicine comes in. Change won’t happen by accident, and most of the so-called “experts” have no clue how its done. It’s not done with “will power”. Neither will diet pills or weight loss products help you succeed. Its done with Therapeutic Psychogenics, a method in behavioral medicine, and that’s what my program and my book, The Anderson Method, is about. It’s not a trick and there’s work involved, but the objective is to make it so weight control becomes habitual, second nature. Many clients do say it’s become easy.

So, exercise doesn’t do any good for weight control if the eating is out of control; and exercise is not necessary by any means to lose weight and keep it off. That being said, exercise is important and necessary for good health. But for weight loss, no.

For all the details on how to succeed at permanent weight loss, read my book, The Anderson Method, or call one of my therapists. I’m training therapists now all over the country to provide my counseling and therapy, in places like Atlanta and North Carolina, not just here in Sarasota. Follow us and change your life for the better and for good.