NPR did a story recently about diet books, and there were at least three things that struck me as worth talking about!
1. In the “no duh” category, diet books offer “too good to be true” promises that suck people in over and over again.
“The diet category offers a tremendous amount of repeat business,” says Ash-Milby. People “hook into one diet, [and it] doesn’t work so well for them â€¦ and they find there is another diet that sounds more interesting.”
2. Julia Cameron (who wrote The Artists Way) has come up with something called “the writing diet.” Here is an excerpt (most annoying parts bolded, by me):
Laura, a kindergarten teacher, began her creative unblocking, frankly, overweight.
A tall, still-beautiful blonde, she carried an extra forty pounds on her frame. She dressed in slimming black, but the illusion that she was thin was unconvincing. Laura was the kind of woman of whom it was routinely said, “It’s a shame she’s so heavy. She has such a pretty face.”
The survivor of a violent childhood home, Laura had learned early to block her feelings with food. Writing her daily Morning Pages, she began to face her turbulent feelings. As she did, the urge to block her emotions with food began to melt away. The pounds prologue melted away too, and Laura emerged from a twelve-week course a far slimmer swan of a woman.
3. I first learned about this article when someone sent me the link to this excerpt of The Big Skinny, a diet comic. I assumed it was a parody of a woman on a ridiculous, super-obsessive diet. Actually… it’s a weight-loss success story! Oh dear.
The Big Skinny… uses pictures to tell the story of her â€” ultimately successful â€” battle against the bulge. In the end, her path to losing weight â€” and keeping it off â€” was simple: “I had to keep track of my calories and make sure I exercised every day,” she says. “Because when I get into denial, not wanting to look at the numbers, I tend to slide down that slippery slope that is greased with fat and sugar.”
Seriously, go look at it; I swear I thought it was a joke. Thanks to aych for the link!
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