Is there pain and suffering involved in turning down fattening food or denying yourself the pleasures of overeating and stuffing? Changing your pattern of eating so you can achieve weight loss isn’t painful like in actual physical pain, but it is painful emotionally. Feeling deprived, feeling the loss, irritability, feeling down—these are some of the painful emotions you will have to live through if you want to lose weight.
There’s been a growing interest in the use of virtual reality as a method of physical pain reduction. By becoming immersed in a simulated world, pain sufferers become distracted from their pain. The idea behind this form of treatment is to leave the pain sufferer with less capacity to attend to pain. This has worked successfully even for severe burn victims using a virtual reality simulated world of snow and ice.
There is no computer-simulated environment for the emotional pains connected to dieting and weight loss. There is no head-mounted display helmet giving a stereo visual image and a motion tracker measuring the position of your head and adjusting the visual image so you can look around and move around in a virtual reality that captures and refocuses your attention away from the pain of weight loss and dieting. At least not yet there isn’t.
In the meantime, why not use the principles of distraction and refocusing your attention that are at the heart of virtual reality treatments. Pain, even emotional pain, seems inescapable because of the constant attention it requires. Diverting your attention, even if you do it without the aid of high tech virtual reality, should give you sufficient relief so you can have a more pain-free weight-loss experience.