Re: plaster stomach cast
My hunch is that it would work! Not because it would alter your metabolism or atrophy your tummy into submission, but rather because you'd be constantly aware of a cumbersome, brittle cast around your middle. With your weight insecurities foremost in your mind you might have the discipline to restrict your snacking. It seems like a sort of negative motivational tool, because it exploits your dislike with your current self rather than helping you to envision your final, healthy self. Iíd far rather see you take those 7 days to romp around and do all those activities that the cast would hinder. Thatís a nice freedom (and $100-200) to savor. The cast would probably also work on the principle of a self-fulfilling prophecy...if the cast-guys make you confident that itís going to work, your expectation may help you to unconsciously alter your behavior. You could attribute the success to your psychology rather than to the actual cast. This is actually a pretty successful motivational tool, but I donít think you need the plaster to use it. Itís kind of weird to use, because thereís a little self-deception involved...but itís more a matter of emphasis of an attitude. For example, B-complex vitamins have many benefits, among them, more energy. If youíve currently got a deficiency this supplement might give you a big boost, make you run around a little more and firm up your mid-section. Perhaps your headway will come from this nifty B-vitamin, or perhaps just from the hope you had in it. Who knows? either way, the progress will be sweet. Just do what you can to put yourself on a positive trajectory. At the very least, if you donít have progress, your situation wonít worsen. Disclaimer: I havenít actually heard of this product/ service...but I'm quite, quite skeptical.