Simple as Math: Dieting 101

“People say that dieting is as simple as doing the math, but I was never very good at math.”



I was not the best with math, but I was an expert at Tetris. That was the reason they had us buy the fancy calculators in high school calculus, right? To keep us entertained when the +’s & –‘s start to make your brain hurt. (My TI-83 Plus may or may not still be sitting on my desk as I type now…)

To say a “diet” is as simple as making the +’s & –‘s balance may be the understatement of the year. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have more than 30% of the U.S. population struggling with obesity.

First, I can’t emphasize enough, “It’s Not All About the Calories”. Those calories can come creeping for all sorts of reasons. Not to mention, when the calorie-count doesn’t quite add up…







How can this be a little easier? Maybe not perfect, but still effective. My recommendation: Practice your Tetris game (seemed to work well in the past!).

  1. Tetris has different levels, some slower than others. Slow down your eating. Give yourself plenty of time to feel full.
  2. Tetris also has different shapes, some fitting better in one place than others. Some food choices fit better with others on your plate.
  3. Tetris allows you to flip and flop the shape around. Change things up. Variety with food is a wonderful thing. Squares, rectangles, and L’s, mix it up.

It sure helps to have one of those fancy calculators to make dieting “as simple as  doing the math”.

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