It is very interesting how different each of us is regarding getting over binging. Over a year ago, I started Atkins, (I did very little of the fake stuff). Then a few months later I went Primal. High fat and VLC, no change in the binge area (or in my weight). I played around with the amount of carbs, still nothing.
Now using this system I feel less like I am dieting and more in control of my eating. To me the smoothies are just a way to easily get the nutrients my body needs. Having one for breakfast improves my nutrient make up because I don't eat normally eat food in the morning (I wear a retainer to sleep and my teeth are tender in the morning). No satiety needed, I am not used to it anyway. My afternoon smoothie has replaced the food I would be eating in my afternoon witching hour while roaming through the pantry stuffing thing willy nilly into my mouth. I could replace it with a plate of veggies and some form of protein and get the same effect, but I don't, I have planned to, but just don't. For some reason this works for me.
My lunches and dinners are beautiful colorful chew fests of protein and veggies.
I totally understand the idea that a liquid meal replacement is not for everyone. For me they were additions more than replacements, so that may be why they work for me.