Wouldn’t it be wonderful if
all that went into losing your unwanted weight was precisely calculated so that
your weight-losing moves would flow easily and correctly?
Like when you reach to lift
an object, your sensorimotor system predicts the sensory events that are
connected with lifting the object. If there is a mismatch between the predicted
and actual sensory information, your sensorimotor system will take corrective
action to improve your lift of the object. This correction gets stored and is ready
for use when next you go to lift the same object or an object of approximately
the same size and weight.
Error-based learning is part
of every human process, even the weight-loss process. You sense the “move you
make’s” outcome and compare it to the outcome that you desired or predicted.
When you miss what you were aiming for, you see not only that you missed it,
but also the way in which you missed it. You then use your assessment of the
error to make the appropriate correction.
Nothing we do flows smoothly
and correctly the first time around. Keep this in mind. It takes lots of
error-based learning for us to get our moves down pat.