Out of the Mouths of Babes

by Anne Bennett on May 28, 2009

“I don’t know what the big deal is. Why don’t you just tell people not to eat so much?”

Corbett Bennett
Age:18
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 170

My son Corbett blithely made this statement to me when he was in high school. He was not kidding. To Corbett, losing weight was simply a matter of not eating as many chips, or having a second bowl of ice cream. It had nothing to do with late night noshing or stressed-out snacking. Those ideas were foreign to Corbett. Food was fuel and if your tank was full, you didn’t top it off, you just stopped. Duh!

I remember looking at him like he was from outer space. Clearly he was not my child. Wasn’t the craving trait passed on genetically?

dsc_0817Apparently not. But Corbett inadvertently makes a point worth pondering: people deal with food in vastly different ways. Some of us do as Ben Franklin counseled, they “eat to live“. And the other 95% of us, the ones who have joined Weight Watchers multiple times, “live to eat“.

Corbett is older and wiser now, but he stands by his statement. And I have to agree that, essentially, he is right. All we have to do to lose weight is to eat less. It really is that simple, and that difficult. Eat to live, not live to eat. I don’t know about you, but those words make me want to head straight for the refrigerator.

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Linda May 28, 2009 at 7:11 am

Yeah, I have to admit that the “Corbett Plan” works best…when I follow it. Now I just have to figure out how to get the doggone food to quit calling my name!

your adoring son May 28, 2009 at 11:10 am

“That simple and that difficult” is the perfect way of putting it. After all, something simple need not necessarily be easy. My only point here (admittedly retrospective) is that there are no magic bullets, no “secret” solutions. Weight loss boils down to a simple metabolic fact: put in more than you expend and your body will store the excess as fat for the impending ice age or your next trek across the Sahara. Put in less than you expend and you’ll lose weight. It’s that simple and that diabolically difficult.

kush May 31, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Well, Corbett brings up a good point (and he’s adament about it). The truth is, if you’re going for pure weight loss, it makes perfect sense. The only problem, however, is that it doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. Sure losing weight automatically means being more healthy, but still not in “good” shape. Eating healthier foods and exercising regularly is a better idea that will lead to increased stamina, more energy, and overall improved bodily function.

Liz B July 18, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Love this website, Anne. Keep up the great work…you are truly inspiring and have a GREAT sense of humor. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

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