What I appreciate about books
I love books. Every single one I read since I was able to capture the thoughts and information provided by them through reading made a difference and was helpful in its own way for me.
Consuming all sorts of fictional and non-fictional writings, I love to go into an author’s world of thoughts and enjoy the stories laid out, the advice (or wisdom) that is hidden or openly presented, learning about differences and similarities between the mindsets of people, re-living the lives of others, or part of their lives, and just organize my own thoughts and emotions while reading. Most importantly: I can do all this at my own pace.
Why books might also be a little challenging sometimes
Besides entertainment and educational purposes, a book can also help you to improve your life(style). Reading a guide or a how-to book, this will of course only help if you actually go and try some of the advice. After all, it is strategies from other people, so you have to adapt. When I read “Fettlogik überwinden” (which can be translated freely to “overcoming fat logic”) by Dr. Nadja Hermann, it was different, though.
This is the only book so far that has really change my life.
What this special book actually did for me
Paradoxically, this book did not give me any advice (or anything at all, for that matter). Of course it provides a lot of information, which has been researched over months, carefully processed and edited by its author. My brain was fed with all this useful information – but at the same time, the book slowly and sustainably took something from me. It took confusion. And it took heaviness. But most of all, it took away something that is widely believed throughout society (no matter how under-, normal- or overweight people are or how important the nutrition topic is to them) and what was actually my very own mindset: Fat logic.
Basically the main point is: To lose weight, you have to take in less energy than you spend. Every belief about how impossible or even complicated it is to do so, the author calls fat logic. Of course, just because something is simple, doesn’t mean that it is easy. Being able to distinct those two principles was key for me.
Don’t get me wrong, there are good reasons for all of us to have had those beliefs about how hard losing weight is or should be (good = understandable reasons, because there used to be a time for us where this was necessary and crucial for survival). But once you realize how things work: the physics of a human body, as well as the mechanisms surrounding us most of the time, there is no need to play along anymore.
Realizing this, it didn’t force me to do anything. It just gave me options. So I changed my lifestyle and lost a lot of weight. This change was so essential to me that it even lasted throughout a time where I got back to old habits, knowing I deliberately chose this old lifestyle and gained weight again. One could judge this behavior of course, or worry, or both. Starting over again though after two years, I realized how strong the change actually was in my life – not only in theory, but also in practical terms.
Unfortunately, the book is not available in English yet, but there are some English reviews available at Goodreads.
To sum up: Even though I took a lot from other books, the main difference is, this book took something from me and thus relieved me of some unnecessary beliefs. I didn’t expect this to be the game changer, but I guess sometimes this is exactly what we need to change for the better.