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Judith Beck on Beliefnet

Beliefnet is running a very interesting interview with Judith Beck, author of The Beck Diet Solution. Those of you who’ve read my journal for a while know that I am not a fan of the diet system du jour. Most are schemes to separate people who need help from the money in their wallets. Weight loss and diet are such a major problem today that there’s oodles of cash to be made. And people are so desperate for help that they will foolishly spend money on pipe dreams, hoping that this time they have found the magic solution to their problem.

So I was not in a big hurry to think much of Ms. Beck’s diet system. However, Ms. Beck does have some very interesting things to day. My favorite regards feeling hungry:

If you ask someone who’s never struggled with dieting, did you get hungry before dinner last night, invariably, they say yes. And then, if you ask them, so, what did you do? they’ll look at you in a very funny way and say, what do you mean? I just waited until dinner. People who have never struggled with dieting aren’t afraid of being hungry. They expect to feel hungry. They recognize that it’s normal. But, people who struggle with dieting are usually afraid to be hungry. If you ask them that, they’ll say, no, I’m not afraid. But, then, if you ask them to do an experiment such as skipping lunch, maybe going for eight hours without eating, they get very nervous because they think that hunger is not natural. They think that they can’t tolerate it.

This is a very interesting insight. When I first read it, I wanted to vehemently disagree. But I have to admit that I am at least partially guilty of this behavior. It’s an interesting interview through out. If you have a few minutes, I’d recommend reading the whole thing.

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