There is an article in the April edition of "O" that made me really annoyed. It's called "Think Like a Thin Person" and the author is Barbara Graham.
The article's premise is that "in order to keep weight off, you have to learn that hunger is not an emergency." Graham talks to psychologist Judith Beck, who is pioneering this new form of cognitive behavior therapy. Beck's idea is that we all have to overcome the idea that "we cannot withstand hunger." How? By skipping a meal -- one
time -- and "learning that hunger comes and goes"... which (according to Beck) will lead us to the revelation that "we never have to worry about feeling hungry again" (presumably, the reason we fat people have got weight problems is that we interpret our feelings of wild hunger to mean that we are going to die within 15 minutes).
To be honest, the connection between this revelation and losing weight or keeping it off is never spelled out even this clearly. But Beck is indubitably an expert, as Graham informs us that "...[Beck] was a veteran yo-yo dieter who lost 15 pounds ten years ago and has kept it off ever since."
OK, I'm sorry, I think I am sounding a little angry here. But this article actually did make me angry. I think it's incredibly irresponsible of the magazine to print this as if it were sound, rational advice for people struggling with an actual weight problem. It goes contrary to everything I know (from hard-won experience) about how to lose weight and keep it off -- namely, that allowing myself to get to the point of famished hunger is about the single most self-sabotaging thing I can do, whether I am losing or maintaining my weight. And it feels incredibly patronizing to me to be told that I need to "learn" that "hunger is not an emergency." As if the reason my body goes berserk when I get to that point is because I am uneducated (or, reading between the lines, because I am really just a weak/lazy person looking for any excuse to overeat) -- not because of physical forces and differences between my body and that of a woman whose credentials are that she's "lost 15 pounds." Wow.
I normally love the O magazine, but I think they made a big mistake with this one. I'm not naive enough to think that Oprah personally reads/approves every story that goes into the publication, but she of all people should be wary of foisting such obviously suspect advice on her readers who hang on her every pronouncement.