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So-so weight loss advice for Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
on 9 December 2013
Billed as a book about weight loss for Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), which I am, I thought this would be a great read. It both is and isn't. The first half of the book I got through very quickly, and then I got bored, as the book felt like it was just repeating itself.
There are some pointers for HSPs in general that are very good - like how you should learn to relax, for instance by using salt baths. But then it also says how you should have a 20-minute salt bath once a day. While I would never complain about having baths, because I happen to be rather fond of them, baths use a lot of water. If you're a HSP, you're probably already cautious of your water usage for environmental reasons, but even if you're not, your water bill should make you cautious about following this tip to the letter.
One thing that bothered me was that the author clearly has a dysfunctional relationship with food. If you have to instruct hotels to clear out the minibar for you before you arrive, lest you scoff it all, that's not a healthy relationship. I wholly sympathise with the sentiment of "if you don't have it at home, you don't have the temptation", but if I go to a hotel room, I'm not raiding the seriously overpriced minibar just because it's there.
So, for me, this book is a bit of hit and miss. Parts of it are brilliant, other parts are a bit strange, but each to their own, as they say. No doubt this book can help some overweight HSPs get a better feel for when food is food, and when food is just used to cover up feelings. If you're a fellow HSP, it's worth checking out and making up your own mind about it.
If you're NOT a HSP, odds are most of this book and its advice is going to feel like "LOL what?!", so you might want to skip this.