Greetings all you readers!

First of all let’s get one thing straight. MORPH YOURSELF SLIM is NOT a diet
(I hate the word!) book. It is a weight loss book based on a change of lifestyle which helps you to achieve your goal lastingly through a combination of changed eating and drinking patterns, exercise and the deployment of various psychological strategies.


Eating and drinking should and will remain one of life’s great pleasures, which also involves getting to know new fodder and beverages on a regular basis. You are not confined to salad leaves and mineral water, and nothing is banned – provided the things that promote weight gain are kept
reasonably under control. The same is true of exercise/s, where a similarly exploratory attitude is highly recommended.

No prizes for guessing that I am not a fan of the ‘size zero cult’ which would have people walking around with spindly limbs on a body frame of skeletal proportions! This is as unhealthy as obesity – just the opposite extreme.

The best way to define your goal in weight terms is by using a metric ratio called the BODY MASS INDEX (B.M.I.) which relates our weight in kilograms (kg) to our height in metres (m). By performing this calculation every 3 months or so, you will be able to see whether your weight fits into the normal, healthy range.

For example, if you are 1.75 metres tall and a normal, healthy weight (say 69 kg), your B.M.I. would be 22.5 i.e. 69 divided by 1.75 = 39.4 then divided by 1.75 a second time = 22.5

The B.M.I. ratio for:

  • NORMAL WEIGHT is between 19.0 and 26.0
  • ANOREXIC is beneath 19.0
  • OVERWEIGHT is between 26.0 and 30.0
  • and anything over 30.0 is OBESE.

You are aiming for the 19.0 to 26.0 B.M.I. span.

The ratio is a metric one. It is possible, though far more complex, to calculate it directly from imperial measures. Instead, it is advised that (if you can only weigh yourself using the latter) you change it into the metric equivalent before undertaking the calculation. The appropriate IMPERIAL TO METRIC CONVERSION RATES, should you need them, are:

Weight: 1 pound (lb) = 0.45 kilos (kg)
1 kilo (kg) = 2.2 pounds (lb)
Height: 1 foot (ft) = 0.305 metres (m)
1 metre (m) = 3.28 feet (ft)

Good luck on your journey. It will require patience, commitment and a positive attitude – but it does not involve any suffering, and your long term efforts will be rewarded.