Dr. Phil, everyone’s favorite talking fortune cookie, came out with something called The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution: The 7 Keys To Weight Loss Freedom. It’s been extremely popular, despite the controversy surrounding his endorsement of a line of defunct weight loss products. But is it a foolproof weight loss plan for everyone?
Let’s find out.
First of all, it’s a weight loss plan, not a diet plan. No matter how hard you look, you’re not going to find many of the daily menus, recipes, and other specifics that are the hallmark of other fat loss programs.
Instead, Dr. Phil focuses on the reasons behind your weight gain, and the reasons why you haven’t been successful with diets in the past. The process requires you to take a long, hard, brutally honest look at yourself, your body, your lifestyle, and the people around you. The goal is to dig deep to find the root cause for your weight gain, and then fundamentally change your thinking, behaviors, and actions so that you never have this problem again.
In my opinion, there are two main reasons why the Dr. Phil weight loss plan will not work for everyone:
1. Some people have put on weight because of a legitimate reason like pregnancy, or a recent injury that’s kept you off your feet for a while, or some sort of physical imbalance or illness that has caused weight gain. For these people, there is no deep-seated psychological reason why they’ve gained weight. And in fact, some of them have never needed to diet before. If this is the case, then something as drastic as the Dr. Phil fat loss plan is probably not the solution.
2. The other reason swings in the exact opposite direction. Some people have been chronically overweight and obese their entire lives, and the reasons why are buried so deep, and tied to such painful situations, that they have been in denial in varying degrees for as long as they can remember. While the Dr. Phil weight loss plan is targeted specifically to this group of people, there are some who are “too far gone” in their denial to be able to recognize themselves in his examples. If so, they will reject the plan out of hand and instead resort to either a “quick and painless” way to lose weight, or, worse, not attempt weight loss at all.
Of course, these are two extremes. For the great majority of overweight people, there is a level of honesty and self-examination that can be reached – and Dr Phil believes that by studying the feelings that accompany an individuals thinking relative to food, that they can begin to conquer the battle of the bulge forever.
The seven steps, or keys, per Oprah’s website, are as follows:
1. Take Ownership of Your Reactions
2. Resolve Life’s Problems
3. Decelerate Your Thinking
4. Challenge Your Thoughts
5. Gain Closure
6. Learn to Forgive
7. Cope Without Food
While these steps might sound vague or even like a bit of psychological “mumbo-jumbo”, the theories behind these steps, as well as the mechanics of each, could not be clearer and more important to a lifetime of successful weight management.
If you think that you’re ready to take on the issue of fat loss once and for all, Dr. Phil’s weight loss plan might be right for you.