You have probably read by now that our country has been getting dramatically more obese for twenty years now. Most people I know would like to lose weight and be more lean and fit. Diets, though, are famous for non-lasting results.
My philosophy of the diamond-cut life naturally has a different take on weight loss and dieting than the mainstream culture does. (I’m not making any money on any of this after all, which can help with objectivity.) The little-publicized fact is that our body-weight is rising in conjunction with the hours we spend in our cars. Incidentally, our carbon emissions are on the same upward trajectory.
Think about it. Sit in a car more, gain more weight. Use your body to get yourself around, lose weight. Too simple, huh.
My conclusion: it is the car-use that needs the diet, not the well-meaning person. You may think the car is well-meaning, but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt over inanimate objects.
Here is the very best diet I know. I would call it the Low-Car Diet except that my nice pals at the car-share company Zipcar already use that name for their fun summer program. I subscribe to the diet below and am often asked how I stay so slim. I don’t talk much about the time back in college when I got really fat, it’s too embarrassing.
- Use stairs instead of elevators and escalators
- Bicycle for trips and errands of five miles and less
- Walk for trips and errands of up to two miles
- Use transit whenever possible (entails more walking than driving)
- Pick a church or other steady destination that’s within walking distance
- Use the car only when nothing else will work for the purpose at hand
See below for link to the other very best diet I know. It’s almost as fun and carbon-reducing as this one.