I am not going to spend a lot of time rehashing the things I have already said that I do not like about this show. They still apply, and can be found in my other posts regarding the program. It still has an infomercial atmosphere, and continues to be extremely repetitive while offering little new content.
The focus this week was on Cravings and Binge Eating. He focuses on reprogramming the mind and says that “the reason it is hard to overcome cravings is because the imagination is always stronger than the mind.” I personally find this a little offensive. While this may indeed be the case for many people, it is only true if they let it be that way. I know there are people who have true eating disorders that compel them to binge on certain foods. These people would probably do best to seek professional assistance, and attempt to overcome the real problems behind the fact that they are binging. I also believe that there are a lot of people whose entitlement mentality leads them to expect other people to discipline their lives for them. “I can’t do it.” That is B.S. You simply do not want to do it, or you want someone else to do it for you. It’s all about feelings, but they can be controlled also, without tricking your mind.
He then goes into the finger thing again, only this time the bit is a little different. This time the person who wants to control his or her weight is supposed to squeeze their left middle finger and thumb together while thinking of something gross combined with the item that the person craves. For example, if you crave Jelly Bellies, you should do the hand bit, and think of eating a hand-full of the Jelly Bellies mixed with say… maggots. Yum, yum.
I like chocolate, but I am not eating it on my diet. I have found that it takes little effort to avoid it even though there is a still half-full Easter basket of chocolate belonging to my daughter sitting right on the kitchen table. I even give it to her without ever considering even taking one bite. On the other hand, I like the fact that I like chocolate, and someday, after I have lost the weight, I am going to be able to eat it like any normal person does. I definitely do not want to carry a whole lot of mental baggage regarding chocolate and worms or hair around with me.
You are also supposed to use the right hand in the same way, but to give yourself good feelings associated with something other than the food. I guess if you get good enough at this, you won’t need your wife or girlfriend anymore. “Oh…, right thumb and middle finger, you make me feel so good. I don’t know what I would do without you. You complete me.”
For those who do not know what this is, it is called Operant Conditioning, and it was a term coined decades ago by B.F. Skinner, one of the fathers of modern psychology. This has been done as long as man has walked the Earth. Skinner just put a name on it. It has to do with conditioning a response based on either positive or negative reinforcement. A dog with a shock-collar on will quickly learn the boundaries imposed by the collar, and will not violate them. This is the kind of thing that we do instinctively while we raise our children, giving positive reinforcement for good behavior and negative reinforcement for bad behavior. In the extreme it is called brainwashing.
I have to tell you, I find it much more fulfilling knowing that I have set my own boundaries based on my own reasoning, and have used the discipline within myself to help me reach my goals so far. I do not need external devices to help me to control myself. I have eliminated all of the conflicts (cravings) because I have determined that the diet and exercise program that I am currently involved in is just the way it is. Cravings are moot.
I did notice a few inconstancies this week. In the first week, he said to “eat what you want to eat, and stop when you get full.” If you actually did that, the things he said this week would not matter, unless, there are some foods you should not eat, and that flies in the face of the “eat what you want” tenet. In fact, in this week’s program, there were several references to certain foods being unhealthy or bad for you. While I do believe this is true, it still flies in the face of his tenet. He is simply adding another dietary modification, to his ‘non-diet’ and using self-hypnosis to reinforce it.
The lock-step audience is tiresome. Everyone there was mad last week, and had a super craving this week, but presto, one left-handed movement, and all their cravings instantly went away. We, however, were told to practice it for a week. I wonder why it does not work as fast for the home viewer, I guess I’ll never know because I am not going to be a part of it.
I’m still looking for the nugget I can use in my own program from this show, and I’ll let you know if I ever find it.
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