I found much to think about in this recent article printed in the New York Times on the failure of “The Biggest Loser” contestants to keep off the massive amounts of weight they lost while competing on the show in 2009.
Scientists watched and recorded the experience of The Biggest Loser contestants from the Season 8 show, and concluded, “…most of that season’s 16 contestants have regained much if not all the weight they lost so arduously. Some are even heavier now.”
The scientists concluded that the bodies of these people fought back against their weight loss and caused them to gain it all back again, if not more. And this is where Christian Science helped me understand what really went on.
One learns in Christian Science, that for real healing to occur, there needs to be a spiritual transformation for the better from the inside out. If one focuses only on changing the outside, for instance, on only losing pounds, there may be no genuine change in the makeup of that individual. What may appear to be positive change in the outer physical is going to revert to past status if thinking on the inside is still the same.
So, in truth, the bodies of these individuals are not fighting back at all from the loss of weight. The body does not have a mind of its own to do anything. It is a servant. It follows orders from the mind that governs it.
In truth, the mind governing the body that regains lost weight has not reformed. It is much the same as it was before the weight loss, and so what the scientists call, “the body fighting back,” is just them recording the body realigning to what the mind governing that body was holding in thought about the body all along. The inner had not changed.
The physiological summaries of the article itself are depressing because they make the reader feel like he is a helpless victim of his body. But thank goodness for spiritual truth which explains to the contrary.
Christian Science makes it clear that we are never victims of the body. Divine Mind rules man, not mindless chance, genes or the brain. And through spiritual understanding of one’s God-given dominion to express health and fitness, one can master the body and lose unnecessary weight permanently. With genuine spiritual reformation from within, weight-loss doesn’t have to be an on-going fight. It can be newfound peace.
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come” I Timothy 4:8, NLT.
“The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. This understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters” Science and Health, p. 216.