Update on the "Beneke Method"
I am Timothy Beneke; Seth writes about my weight loss and method, on pages 110-112 of his book. Seth requested that I provide an update on what he generously calls the "Beneke Method".
A few points:
-- To anyone struggling to lose weight using Seth's ideas -- take heart! You can do it, with moderate, non-heroic effort. I started using Seth's ideas in November of 1999 and am currently 97 pounds lighter than I was when I began -- going from 280 to 183. I have lost 30 pounds (from 280 to 250) and kept it off for nearly 6 years; lost 70 pounds (from 280 to 210) and kept it off for more than 2 years; and have lost 90 pounds and kept it off for almost a year. I don't think of myself as particularly strong willed. I had 4 yo-yos between 1982 and 1999, in which I lost and regained substantial amounts of weight, using the wrong methods, that involved enduring hunger. It's all about method. I have used eating weak tasting/low GI foods; the sugar water; the olive oil; and the Beneke Bypassing Taste Mush Method to lose weight. I currently consume about 200 calories of olive oil per day, and varying amounts of mush, from 500 to maybe 2000 a day consumed taste free. I only do the 2000 when I go to complete taste fasting.
-- Making use of Seth's ideas does require you to be in touch with your hunger and eat when you are hungry and not eat when you are not hungry. Fortunately, this is not that hard to do. But if you eat when you're not hungry, it won't work as well.
-- The Beneke Method is really the same as the olive oil method, with a bit of a twist: in both cases you get taste-free calories. With the olive oil, the oil itself has very little taste. With the Beneke Method, the food is cooked to just the right consistency so that it can be placed in your mouth, avoiding your tongue, and floated down your throat with a gulp of water, taste free. It's the consistency, not the taste itself that enables you to get taste-free calories. The good thing about it is that it enables you to get from zero to 100% of your calories with as high-quality nutrition as you wish, taste free. When I found myself stuck at 210 pounds getting about 25% of my calories taste free (in the form of olive oil and mush), I got impatient and started going whole days doing 100% of my calories taste free. It's not as strange as it seems. In fact it felt liberating to just step away from the whole process of eating and tasting. Going to what I variously call taste celibacy, taste fasting, and taste liberation, I lost the remaining weight rapidly and easily.
In addition to assuming that taste-free calories lower hunger, which in my experience is dramatically obvious, the Beneke Method assumes that nutritious calories assuage hunger better than less nutritious ones. So aside from having enough powder in the mush to make it the right consistency, the only consideration is getting great nutrition.
I'm writing a long article about all of this so will stop here. Good luck!
[MOD EDIT: This is now stickified. Beneke Balls have been forgotten--and this is a valid method for those of us who have stubborn fat. Read and enjoy.]