Tammy writes to Dr. Phil:
I've tried just about every diet out there: Atkins to grapefruit to Metabolife. You name it, I've tried it. I just started your program three days ago and I feel great. After doing some of the assignments in the book, I have discovered that I have a lot to work on.
I have always taken diet pills as a crutch to help me. Over the past 10 years, I've spent thousands of dollars on diet pills. Two weeks ago, I threw them out and I vowed never to take them again. Do you think that my body can lose weight after years of taking diet pills off and on for help? I've taken so many, I've lost count, and most of them were taken secretly. Dr. Phil, I want to make this work more than anything. I have faith in myself, I just hope I haven't hurt myself too much by taking all those pills.
"I've got some good news and some bad news," Dr.Phil tells Tammy. "The bad news is you've spent a lot of money on those pills, and that didn't much work for you. One of the reasons is that it's just an artificial catch ... After a very short period of time, your body attenuates to those pills and they don't have an effect any more. They're like placebos. They really didn't have much effect on you long term, even though they might have helped you a little in the short term."
Dr. Phil continues, "The good news is, since they didn't have much effect on you, your ability now to readjust your body chemistry and lose weight is really not all that compromised. What we want you to do is just redesign your lifestyle now and change what you're eating to what we call high-response cost foods, which are hunger suppressors ... They will suppress your hunger much more effectively than any pill you could take."