Give Me Some Skin


One of the dirty little secrets of weight loss is that some people find themselves with large amounts of excess skin when they finally manage to shed the fat.   This is something that the commercial weight loss programs often forget to mention, or if they do, it’s usually buried somewhere …

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When Losing Weight Stinks


One of my weight loss students recently told me of a case where a man lost a lot of weight and then started to fart so badly that he was sacked from his job. My first reaction to this story was one of disbelief! I had never heard of flatulence …

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Sleep and the Ratchet Diet


What effect (if any) does sleep have on weight loss or gain?    One study found that sleep deprivation in men increased their preferences for high-calorie foods and their overall calorie intake. Another study that was performed found that  women who slept less than six hours a night or more than nine hours were …

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Is your food making you sick?


I started the Ratchet Diet with the intention of losing weight.   But, once you start looking into the whole area of diet, food and nutrition, you open a Pandora’s Box of nasty information about the food we have been eating, how it is produced and how we are conned into …

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Time for a Tomato


I was visiting Melbourne recently and a former student came up to me and said “Hans, is it OK for me to eat tomatoes on The Ratchet Diet?” I think he was asking this question because of the confusion about whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. Like …

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What would Doctor Rothman Say?


One of the best things about being a diet guru like myself is that I get to learn from the wisdom of the other diet gurus. As a famous man once said, I get to “Stand on the shoulders of giants”. one of those giants is Doctor Michael Rothman. This …

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Extreme Makeover – Weight Loss Edition


Sometimes we get sick of all the talk about obesity and the complicated nutritional science behind it, and just want to sit back and watch someone proving that it really is possible to lose weight.     No matter what your excuses, no matter what your physical limitations, your historic lack of will power, …

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