I’m interested in reading your book, but when it comes to food I’m someone who very much needs rules. I simply cannot begin to imagine any way for me to stop bingeing without imposing rules. Do you think your technique is going to work for me?
enter My Answer:
Whether you follow rules given by others or create them yourself, this may well be the only way you’ve been able to control your eating in the past. That’s why rules are so important to so many people. If there is no other technique available, it makes good sense because it is at least something.
In his book, The End of Overeating Dr David Kessler recommends: “One overarching and rigid rule will be your guide: If it isn’t part of your structure, you don’t eat it.” And Michael Pollen wrote Food Rules, which include: “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food.”
You don’t need books, though, to have rules about food. I talk to a great many people who’ve spent years trying to obey rules about food. They’re attending my seminars, though, so they do have problems with this strategy.
There’s a fair bit of research that comes to the same conclusion. For example, this from the medical journal Obesity Research: “Attempts to enforce highly rigid control of eating seem to be counterproductive to weight control efforts and may disrupt more appropriate food choice behaviours.”