Hey everybody, I'm going to be a gazillionnaire! I finally found the answer to all of our diet and weight loss problems!
Luckily I've never seriously struggled with my weight, being able to balance healthy eating with exercise for the majority of my life. There's been times, though, that I've seen the scale fluctuate up and down - in between pregnancies, adjusting to college life, during periods when working out was hard to fit in. But I'm not one of those people that doesn't have to try. Staying this size is a constant work in progress. I'm consistently denying myself foods that aren't healthy, watching my calories, reading the newest diet trends, and fitting in times to exercise. As Mindy Kaling once said:
So back to my gazillion dollar business idea. I'm going to write a book titled "Fixing Your Food Flaws". The first part is going to be a survey where the reader truthfully answers questions such as:
~ At a buffet, what is the first food you put on your plate?
~ When you go to a restaurant, do you look forward to the bread basket more than your entree?
~ Do you meal plan?
~ What time of day do you consume the most calories?
~ Are you a grazer, or do you eat only at meal times?
~ What would your last meal on earth consist of?
Etc, etc, etc.
The answers from this survey would give you an insight as to where your food flaws lie. For example, you might be an over-eater, or an under-eater, or a carb lover, or a late-night snacker, or a fast food junkie, or an emotional eater, or a scrupulous health nut. Whatever the case may be, you'll figure out your food personality and pinpoint what poor decisions you are making.
Then you will flip to the chapter in the book that teaches you how to overcome this food flaw. It's like a Choose Your Own Adventure for dieters!! So the person who tends to overeat at meal times will be taught how to count calories and control portions. The person who is ordering out every night will be taught how to meal plan and grocery shop. The person who emotionally eats chips late at night will learn coping mechanisms with a list of healthy snack options.
There is no such thing as one diet that fits all. I may have had success with a plan like Weight Watchers (and I did once) because at that time I needed to learn portion control. But now that I know that, it isn't my problem anymore. My problem now is that I under-eat during the day and chow down at night on junk food. So I need to learn how to meal plan better and balance my caloric intake throughout the day. After I solve that, I may need to learn to cut back on carbs and sugar - it's all about the journey towards health, not an instant result. Baby steps to answers that will get you where you want to be, all based on what major food struggle you are having right now.
So what do you think? A success in the making? After this book, I can write one on Working Out Your Weaknesses and then Strengthening Your Spiritual Side. Now I just need a publisher, and a ghostwriter, and some free time ;)