Health

Are you stuck in the weight loss machine?

I won’t say this is in honour of Maurice Sendak because he’d roll over in his grave. As you will soon learn, I am no poet. I just remembered reading Sendak’s books (most notably Where the Wild Things Are) to my kids, and felt like throwing some rhymes together about the massive mess that is, what I call, Weight Loss, Inc.

Comparing a donut to an apple

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I won’t say this is in honour of Maurice Sendak because he’d roll over in his grave. As you will soon learn, I am no poet. I don’t know stanzas or iambic pentathlon (ha!). I just remembered reading Sendak’s books (most notably Where the Wild Things Are) to my kids, and felt like throwing some rhymes together about the massive mess that is, what I call, Weight Loss, Inc.

Much ado about stuffing
There are those who would overcomplicate
All delights that can be eaten and ate

There’s a doctor with a cookie diet
Can that be for real? I would not buy it

I saw it on a television show
A food that fights fat and makes your skin glow

Only 20 minutes, three times a week
Is guaranteed to make you strong and sleek

Just lift weights. It boosts metabolism
This is known as the exercise schism

Weight loss is easy. Here’s the solution
It is all so much mental pollution

You just have to eat less and move around
If it’s so simple, then why have we found

That obesity rates are on the rise
Could it be Weight Loss, Inc. is full of lies?

There aren’t quick fixes or miracle cures
Facts don’t use gimmicks, promotions and lures

There are honest people who want to help
They don’t sell diets that are mostly kelp

But there is still struggle; one thing rings true
It’s going to take some effort from you

When exercise becomes fun you may find
That eating healthier is less a grind

Throw out the scale. That should not be your goal
Focus instead on things that feed your soul

There is one message that I must repeat
When changing the things that you do and eat

To overcome your old lifestyle hurdle
Don’t be a hare, be more of a turtle

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