Friday, February 22, 2008
So now that I've finished one book and am almost done with another, I've decided it's time for my opinions. (Not that you necessarily care, in which case, run away now! I'm about to get very opinionated!)
So I picked up the Beck Diet Solution because I heard someone suggest it. Well let me just say that I'm not impressed. Some of her advice made me want to shout out loud "well DUH!" And some of it, I thought "well I disagree completely." And then there was my moment of "wait, didn't you just say the exact OPPOSITE thing just a couple of chapters ago?"
From her chapter on how thin people think:
"Most thin people feel hungry and notice cravings, but they don't dwell on this feelings. Generally, they don't think that much about food at all...They have no problem holding off until their next snack or meal." Apparently thin people are superheros!
Yet just one page later she says, "Are you surprised to learn that most thin people restrict their eating to some degree? They accept these limitations without too much struggle."
So they aren't thinking about food, hunger, or cravings, but they are consciously restricting their eating. Ok then.
She also tells me that my cravings will magically go away for certain things after a while of not indulging in them. Which in my life is SO untrue. I haven't had certain food items for over a year, over two years, and any time I see a commercial for them my mouth is practically drooling! So sorry, I don't buy that.
I also didn't like her comments about emotional eating. "People without a weight problem don't think of eating to feel better." Well good for them!
What she neglects to mention is how some people (even those magical superhero thin people) turn to OTHER things much more dangerous than food to feel better.
The last thing that sort of bothered me was a little "did you know?" insert on one of the pages. It just sounded really condescending to me. "Did you know? It's important to distinguish between 'need' and 'want.' People have actually gone for more than a week without eating and haven't died. So, precluding a medical disorder, we definitely don't need to eat on any given day."
So I can skip a whole day of eating, huh, Dr. Beck? It won't kill me? WHO CARES!? There are lots of things you can do for a week that won't kill you. That doesn't mean that you should do them! In a way it sounds like she is saying that while food is necessary we don't NEED to eat every day. Which hopefully is not what she meant.
But either way, this diet "solution" is not for me.
I'm not quite finished with the other book I'm reading, Rethinking Thin. Which has gotten REALLY interesting!! I was a little disappointed in it at first, but now I'm hooked and I must read until the end. It's by Gina Kolata if anyone wants to try and find it at their local library. I'll say more about it when I'm done.