Many of my closest friends don’t even know this — I’ve always been rather embarrassed by it until recently — but when I was in 8th grade, I went on Jenny Craig.
I lost over thirty pounds in just about six months, right before I went to high school, after a lifetime struggle with my weight. For me the key was having instructions. The program was very rigorous – while you were starting out, it told you what to eat every day and when to eat it. As you made progress, you earned the right to more flexibility in your diet plan.
Fast-forward to 2012. Not only has my metabolism slowed quite a bit in the last year, but I’ve become busier, leaving less time for cooking (or more accurately, grocery shopping regularly for healthier prepared foods). I had vaguely promised myself I’d eat better, but once I found myself ordering new pants online, I knew further action was necessary.
My girlfriend and I agreed to try Tim Ferriss’s “The 4-Hour Body” based on the success her co-workers had it, and it truly is a job search after my own heart. It features the rigor of Jenny Craig, restricting you from many foods and pointing you to an exact plan of action, but it also attempts to ease the dieting process and maximize results by leveraging every scientific and psychological advantage available.
I’m several weeks in, but it really is easier to follow instructions rather than advice when faced with a stressful situation, like weight loss represents to me or the job search represents to most everyone (self-included). I’ll keep you posted on my progress, but my wardrobe is already starting to fit again, thankfully. That said, just because the Zubaz fit doesn’t mean you should wear them…
(Image: Rex Kwon Do from “Napoleon Dynamite”)