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NOT a Religious Rant…

But, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.  And, this one certainly did it for me.

When I owned and operated our Weight-Management and Lifestyle consulting firm in Newport Beach, California during the 90’s, I kept an enlarged copy of this same image in my desk.

But not for any of the reasons you might think.

I used it to provide some perspective for our hardcore dieters.

It had NOTHING to do with religion and EVERYTHING to do with human physiology.

Let Me Explain

Every day affluent, well-educated people would walk into our offices looking for answers on how to lose weight.  Or, how to increase energy.  Or, boost performance.  Or, just feel better.

And, during our initial interview it didn’t take long for me to figure out they’d been brain-washed into believing some of the craziest, wackiest ideas on how to achieve their goals.

The misinformation ranged from restricted calorie dieting to pills to powders to hypnosis to pure insanity!!!

So, I would pull out this enlarged copy of The Last Supper — look the client squarely in the eyes — and say this:

Listen… do you see the people in this image?  Do you realize that since this event, modern man has developed thousands of life-saving medicines.  We’ve invented thousands of new technologies and even put a man on the moon?

But guess what…

Even though we can now travel in aircraft that go 500 mph and instantly communicate with people anywhere in the world —  our bodies still process food and activity in the EXACT SAME MANNER as the people in this picture. 

In over 2,000 years none of this has changed!”

Silence.

More silence.

Getting Real…

And, then, the slow “look of realization” that what I was telling them was true.

It was like de-programming a cult member who believed with heart, mind and soul that there had to be an easier way.

But, there was not.  And, there still IS NOT.  We are bound by the laws of our own physiology.

And the sooner you give your clients the proper perspective, the better.

The Last Supper worked for me.

Perhaps you have one of your own.

It’s amazing what a little imagery can do!

 


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