Two weeks ago I wrote a guest blog for Diets in Review. It was an entertaining blog in which I discussed cellulite and the ways to diminish it. The inspiration for the cellulite blog came from a conversation I had with my wife, Pam, before a presentation I was to give on the subject in 2007.
Pam has once again ignited something that has compelled me to share some valuable information.
On Saturday, March 12, Pam and I were having lunch, and I mentioned how I had received a lot of positive feedback and emails on the cellulite blog. I told her I could have gone into a lot more technical detail on what cellulite is. Here’s how the conversation went:
Me: It felt good to get the positive feedback on that blog. I wanted to set the record straight on cellulite, but in reality I could have given a more thorough analysis of cellulite.
Pam: Women don’t give a sh*t!
Me: (Thinking to myself Pam doesn’t swear often so obviously I struck a chord. Keep my mouth shut and listen.)
Pam: We don’t give a sh*t about that stuff. We don’t want a lot of technical nonsense. We won’t read it. Women like things simple, easy to read and entertaining. Don’t go on forever and ever on a subject. We want quick tips and the bottom line. Why do you think women’s magazines are so popular? We know we can get quick and easy tips, and they make it fun.
Me: (Nodding in agreement but more important, keeping my mouth shut and listening.)
Pam: …And another thing – we want our diets to be like that, too. Don’t take every treat away from us. We want to lose weight but we don’t want to go on some sort of fanatical freak diet where we think we can’t ever go off the diet. That’s why Weight Watchers is so successful. We know we can have treats and build them into our program. We’re not asking for a lot. We can do just about any diet out there, but don’t deny us an occasional glass of wine or some chips or whatever our favorite treat is. We need those things as part of a smart weight-loss program.
Me: What about women who stay on extreme diets like I do when I’m getting ready for a bodybuilding show?
Pam: They’re freaks just like you. The average woman doesn’t want to think she can’t leave the house because she has to stay on her diet, or that she’s a failure if she has 4-5 chips with her lunch.
Me: (Laughing because she called me a freak)
Pam: You follow these guidelines and women will love you. They’ll know that you “get them”
Me: It makes sense too. It’s really just living life as it should be led.
Something about that conversation made me think that maybe we’re all making this much harder than it has to be. Keep things simple, find activity that makes you feel happy, stay consistent on your nutrition plan and build in the occasional treat so you don’t feel like you’re ready to scream.
Exercise and diets: Not complicated, not overly restrictive, fun – yeah, I like it.