So you want to solve your weight problem? I can help you. I solved my weight problem twenty-five years ago when I lost 140 lbs. permanently, after twenty-five years of being overweight. Now I teach others. I’m a psychotherapist and the author of The Anderson Method, my successful weight loss self-help book that describes the program I teach clients and other clinical professionals so they can help their clients too. It’s getting high marks from doctors and behavioral professionals all over the country as well as the clients who have succeeded with it themselves. Here, I’ll reveal a few of the secrets you’ll find in its pages.
One of the first things my clients want to know is what they should and should not eat in order to solve their weight problem. Are there are any “weight loss products” that can help? The answer to the first part of that question is complicated. There really are no “good” or “bad” foods when it comes to weight control success. I and my clients succeed because we’ve trained ourselves to have habits of eating the foods we like in ways that keep us fit. Every single client has his or her own “diet” made up of foods of their own choosing, and it has become a lifestyle rather than a temporary fix. It’s complicated to explain how that comes about, impossible in less than a book.
The second part of the question is much easier to answer. The answer is YES! There are some great “weight loss products” that can help. First, let me give you a little history of my experience with them.
The first weight loss product I heard of in my teens was “diet pills”, amphetamines that took away your appetite, miracle pills for compulsive overeaters like I had become. I heard about them from my friend whose parents were a doctor and a nurse. His dad also used them to stay awake for days at a time, and his mom became a house cleaner extraordinaire. They called it “speed”. The diet pill industry went crazy for a while, literally, until drug use got a bad name because of all the ill effects, like death. We discovered “speed kills”, and while amphetamine (AKA methamphetamine or “meth” and “crystal meth”) is popular again as a “recreational” drug, almost everyone knows that speed is a ticket to misery -either jail, the hospital or the grave. Those diet pills were Biofit incredibly destructive. New diet pills keep being “invented” and advertised, but most are scams and none are on my list of good weight loss products. I keep checking every time I hear of one, and I’ll be the first to tout one that helps more than it hurts. So far, there are none, unless you’re clinically depressed and overeating and find that an antidepressant helps with both, which they can. See your doctor if you think one might help.
When I was a kid, the first diet product I tried was Metracal, a thick milk-like substance that came in chocolate and vanilla, the first of the liquid meal substitutes. I drank that for a while instead of lunch, until it began smelling like vitamin pills and I started gagging every time I got it to my lips. Then there was Ayds, a little chocolate candy that was supposed to have magical weight loss properties. I think the AIDS epidemic killed them off. There was TAB in the 60’s, the first diet soda from Coke, sweetened with saccharin (yuck) and later they introduced Fresca, a grapefruit flavored diet drink. I preferred the Fresca. The 60’s and 70’s saw an explosion of diets, diet products and diet programs and I was tempted to try all of them in my twenty-five year career as a weight loss failure. Fortunately, because I followed a professional career path that led me to behavioral science, addictions, habit management and behavioral counseling, I discovered that the solution to my problem was not in “weight loss products” but in personal change through “behavioral medicine”.
I learned that as much as we’d like to deny it, the solution to our weight problem lies in acquiring a lifestyle where we habitually eat fewer calories than we use. There is no magical way to get around this. We can eat any kind of food we want, but we have to get the calories within the right “limits”. And that’s where the right “weight loss products” can have great value. Success in permanent weight control is the result of programming ourselves with calorically correct habits, using sophisticated behavioral methods. Staying slim becomes automatic and habitual, eating food we like that coincidently contains the right number of calories. The products I list below can make it easier as well as decidedly more pleasurable to succeed in this. The order I list them in is random.