If you’re ready to lose weight, you may not have a choice; it’s time for weight loss by force.
The Best Way to Lose Weight
So I’ve come up with a foolproof plan for anyone who’s trying: weight loss by force.
It’s quite simple. You won’t have a choice. You will be made to do it and that’s that. People have come up with this plan for so many habits we’ve wanted to change so surely it will have a similar success rate.
I know what you’re thinking: what about people who cheat? What about people who find ways to sneak food? What about people who get up late or go through a drive thru on their way to work? We can’t police everyone all the time.
We simply put a tracker on them. That way we know when they’re cheating. If they want weight loss by force, they’ll be okay with giving up some of their freedom.
And you’re probably thinking that they’ll find ways to beat the tracker and evade detection. Not a problem. We simply put cameras on them so we can see them at all times. And we hire someone to monitor them. In fact, we hire a team to monitor them so we can watch them 24/7. And we hire someone to give us a rundown each day of what each of the people monitoring them saw.
The problems with this plan are obvious. What’s not obvious is that this isn’t about weight loss. What’s more, even if it was, the plan would never work because its temporary: it doesn’t change the habit; it only forces conformity. Once the force is removed, the habit remains.
Weight loss by force doesn’t work any more than forcing people to do the right thing. For one thing, we don’t always know what the right thing is. Sure, you shouldn’t have desert at every meal, but saying that someone can’t have desert when you don’t know their life and that they haven’t had anything but health food for three weeks tries to put someone in a box that doesn’t really work.
A Different Way
If you want to help someone lose weight, be an example. Eat healthy when you are with them. Encourage them when they do well. Show them they can do it.
If you want someone to do the right thing, it’s the same way. We so often think that if we just make rules to force someone to do something we can make the world better, but that ends up making more and more rules and losing more and more freedom.
Instead, the rules should simply be for making sure everyone has the same opportunities. Beyond that, we change people not by requiring good behavior, but by encouraging it, showing it by example, and leading.