When someone overweight goes on a diet, they try to reduce their weight by starving themselves. By starving, they will first lose their Normal Body Fat. When the Normal Body Fat is exhausted, the body naturally begins to burn up it’s Structural Body Fat and then only as a last resort, the body yields to losing its Abnormal Body Fat.
After that, the dieter usually feels weak, tired, and hungry. Their face becomes drawn and haggard. However, when they look in the mirror the fat in their belly, hips, thighs and upper arms shows little improvement. The fat they have come to detest remains and the fat they need to cover their bones has gotten less and less. Their skin wrinkles and they look old and miserable. Dr. Simeons believed this to be one of the most frustrating and depressing experiences a human being can have.
Dr. Simeons findings suggest that being overweight has its psychological effects also and the patients only feel physically well as long as their weight is staying stationary or they are not gaining. That doesn’t mean that they do not feel guilty or ashamed about what they have been led to believe is a lack of personal eating control. They may also feel horrified by the appearance of their nude body and the tightness of their clothes. Being overweight is a vicious cycle that a person must navigate.