Instead of losing weight by eating clean, how about losing weight by coming clean?
A heavy handed attempt at coming clean was to toss a lie detector at our unsuspecting cast. The most innovative facet of this show has been that they were not sent to a camp where they were locked down and monitored at all times. THINtervention attempts to get them to lose weight with all of the stresses, temptations, and reminders offered by their usual kitchens and homes –- so cheating is an option. More about the lie detector in a moment.
Sure –- eating clean is a fast route to weight loss -– the dumping of the sugars and the additional calories all but guarantees weight loss. But clean ain't that simple. COMING clean means telling the truth, and owning your history. Once the psychological weight is dumped, the physical weight starts to follow.
Our clients did this work –- they really did -- you just don't get to see it because there is just too much from each week to fit into each episode. And our resident armchair with a Ph.D. –- Dr. Ramani -– was proud to be a witness to this and to facilitate this process for them.
So perhaps it is time for the good doctor to come clean. You don’t get to hear about her own coming clean this week on the show, but she did and perhaps her personal story will awaken the possibility of weight loss for everyone -–even in a world with no Jackie coming to your house, no daily training sessions, and no personal chefs. (and you can see what happens in therapy when Dr. Ramani reveals her weight loss on the bonus video content featured at bravotv.com).
It must be hard to not intervene when the contestants have perfectly respectable losses (1 to 3 pounds) and break down in tears because they haven't lost 5-7. I think most therapists would be commending them and not pushing this idea that a 5-7 # loss a week is either desireable or sustainable. You even admit that you lost it slowly. Is the money so good that you will continue to support the negative self-talk that is being generated when the contestants lose a healty amount of weight vs an extreme one?
WOW. I am amazed...I just assumed you were a thin person- you know...the type who has great genes and can just eat whatever she likes! I thought you were looking down on the folks who needed to lose weight...they really shouldn't have cut this clip out of the show, because I just happened upon it...and wow, it makes a big difference how I see you...I see you as an inspiration...who is empathetic toward those who need to lose weight...you have a lot of strength...and as a single mom, with 2 kids, and many jobs...you managed to find the discipline to lose 85 lbs over 17 months and keep it off over 3 years...that is a major accomplishment...and you did it like regular folks who don't have a chef or personal trainer. We should all draw from your story and be inspired to be the best we can be in life and beat our bad habits, with honesty and determination.
I agree with Jill Davenport; there should be more focus on the group therapy portion of the show; this is where the real work is done.
If this doesn't motivate the people on the show- I don't know what will. I wish we had time to listen to more of the good doctor's advice on how she GOT and KEPT the inner strength it takes to build your outer strength. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! I really wish the group therapy session took up a little more of the show - this is really the interesting part. Workouts are great, but THIS is where weight loss really happens- in your head.
Dr. Ramani looks great. Her determination shows that anyone can do this. Change your mind and change your life!
LOVE IT!! You are really inspirational. You've been there done that WITHOUT Jackie!! Don't get me wrong, Jackie is great. But most of us don't get to work with her anyway. All we have is her DVDs.
So it's very discouraging to watch those contestants not doing well with all the help they have. You understand the struggle. It's so encouraging to hear that you still struggle every time you have a meal. You are NOT like other doctors or trainers who look down on us when they tell us what to do without empathy. You became much more authentic and real to me after watching the clip and reading this. I wish I could see more of your therapy sessions. Or I wish you are my therapist!