I struggle with this. I'm analytical by nature; just plain curious too. I want to understand things. I want to really figure out how things work.
I've not experienced the band's G-Spot (from Sandy Lee a cross between the Green zone and the sweet spot). I believe it exists. I'm not sure I believe it exists for everyone - that answer is yet to be discovered. When I was too tight for about a week a few months ago - I truly didn't think of food - it just wasn't on my radar, not even a little bit. It was very, very odd and it's why I believe it exists. (Did I mention I'm a doubting Thomas too or in a more positive light an experiential learner). However during that time, I really struggled getting water down before early afternoon so it wasn't something I could sustain and thus not any kind of G-Spot. But, I've still managed to lose 45 lbs (I'm going with my ticker here, damn it) and I'm feeling pretty confident with some hiccups here and there, it's gone for good.
I struggle every day with same food demons I have struggled with my entire life. Nothing's changed about that. Maybe it will some day, maybe it won't. I've been toying around with the idea of therapy for a variety of reasons and the fact that I believe concretely that my weight is 100% rooted in mental issues and not in eating issues is certainly one of them. But the point to my post is... what is the band giving me? What about the band has me losing some weight and feeling confident about it?
And for me - I think the band does not help me lose weight. I think the band helps me not gain weight.
I truly believe that fat people on the whole are more nutritionally educated then the general population. We've read zillions of books, listened to lots of people, read articles, tried a variety of things for a variety of reasons. So it's not as if we didn't know what we should do. How we should've eaten, how often, what portion sizes we should have had. How often to exercise, what kinds we should do. What things help metabolism, yadda, yadda, yadda. It's the actually doing it consistently, day in and day out - that is where we got/get hung up. For me it was always about self sabotage - as soon as I'd be in a good sustainable groove my evil self would notice and quickly run to the kitchen an eat a bagel with butter and cream cheese - or maybe two. If I could find some chips and cheese and make a plate of nachos as well, well all the better. The only times I ever ate nachos or bagels was during these times, well I suppose I've eaten a few bagels in my life for breakfast, but very few and very far between. But as soon as I inhaled all that food, phew, I'd go right back to eating the sensible, good, real, healthy food that I truly enjoy.
I could honestly say that for the most part - my breakfast, lunch, and dinners were on the whole good healthy things - and have been for years. Things that I could eat for the rest of my life at a perfectly normal weight. It was just the in between times - the times when I wasn't hungry, but afraid of succeeding that kept me way overweight. (It's that whole fear of succeeding thing that is rattling around thinking about therapy). But... The band doesn't let me eat a plate full of hastily created nachos (though just typing this is making me think I should give it a try god damn it) or two quick bagels (or really two quick anything). So - I can eat how I normally eat. Relatively well - even better I think as there was a period after the Johns Hopkins program where I was eating a lot of protein bars and I've definitely gotten out of that habit. But fear or no - I can't eat the things that I used when my evil side needed to step up and freakin say - no way Jose! to getting to my goals. I can still eat a bunch of shit when I'm afraid - melted chocolate and peanut butter are no match for the band - but it's just not the same. The band keeps the sabotage from really, truly working. It keeps my progress excruciatingly slow, but it doesn't reverse it - and that's a very beautiful thing. I sort of feel like I'm going to hop from one good willpower place a place where in my past life I would have lost a bunch of weight (and I will in my current life too) to just sustaining (especially if I keep my weights posted publicly) when in the past life I would have gained and in the current life I'll just maintain. And I think I'm more than okay with that. If at some point I discover that I too can experience this mythic G-spot - well maybe that will play a role too.
So... I'm not sure what the real point of this is - other than I guess I wonder, what does the band give to you?