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Jan. 15th, 2009 09:00 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] stemware has inspired me with his menus which are far more elaborate than mine. Well, he claims they're simple but...eh...

In that vein, I have reserved several books from the library. They include a few books by Mark Bittman, Thomas Keller (French Laundry cookbook and restaurant), and Anthony Bourdain (Les Halles cookbook and restaurant). I really want to learn how to make good sauces. I want to try my hand at a soufflé. I'd love to bake more (cakes, pies, pastries, macarons!). Etc. etc.

I am freezing. I need to go to bed.
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Over the past few days I have read Losing Weight When Diets Fail: The clinically proven Power Programming method for amazingly easy, fail-proof, diet-free weight loss by Tom Kersting, Ph.D.

When I first began reading this book I thought there might be some hidden gems in it; some items that may have been of use, even if they only served as reminders. Unfortunately, this book does little to deliver on its promise. Disclaimer: there is a CD-ROM that comes with the book but I have not put that into my computer.

The book starts out with a basic explanation of the four states of consciousness. You have alpha, beta, theta, and delta. This book is all about reprogramming your subconscious and how that is the key to successful weight loss. The author means to do this through hypnotherapy. I have never tried hypnotherapy before but I imagine it would simply put me to sleep. I don't know if that would be a desired state of consciousness but at least it would help with my lack of sleep! Ha ha! I kid.

Seriously, though, the book does provide some rather valuable reminders that using visualization is helpful in weight loss. The author guides you through the same visualization a couple of times wherein you imagine that you're eating a delicious piece of fruit and you crave that much more than you would ever crave, for example, a piece of chocolate.

Dr. Kersting also devotes a chapter to understanding your eating patterns. Are you a snacker? Are you a stress eater? Do you eat too little during the day and are famished by evening? All of this is fairly common sense material but could be a great reference to those just starting out on the weight loss journey.

The book had me at "meh" until it became a diet book. What's that?! I thought he said this wasn't a diet book? If it is not, explain to me how he encourages the reader to eat a lowfat turkey dog with sauerkraut instead of a chili dog because "you won't taste the difference". Then Dr. Kersting has the gall to write "Enjoy!" after telling me I won't taste the difference between chili and sauerkraut. He goes on to provide a lot of healthier meal alternatives. Is this new information? No. Is this inherently evil that he is doing this? Well, no. But if Dr. Kersting is going to proclaim this is not a diet book and then go on to provide "Power Programming Menus" then I call hypocrisy.

After the menus was the second half of the book devoted to hypnotherapy and guided exercises. This isn't my thing. If it's yours, that's great. However, just reading it made me want to hightail it over to my delta consciousness state.

After I got this book from the library I knew it wouldn't be anything overly thrilling but it is incredibly disheartening for someone to purposefully mislead people into thinking this isn't a diet book. It clearly is a diet book, and a very poor one at that.

I give this book one spoon out of five. He gets one spoon because I do believe that visualization can be a useful tool when trying to reprogram one's mind.
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