Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tell the Vending Machine That the Relationship Is Over

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tell the Vending Machine That the Relationship Is Over

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Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor

Move your wide rear end over, Dr. Phil. Richard Simmons, please -- and I am begging you -- put on a real shirt and a pair of long pants, and listen up. I have a diet plan that not only works, but also saves you money.

Today is the day people traditionally start anew and swear this is the year they are going to lose weight. Today is International Start the Diet That Is Really Going to Work This Time. (Technically, all my resolutions start on Jan. 2 since today is a holiday.) Bold plans are made. Refrigerators are purged of fattening foods. Diet books, charts and programs are bought.

For some, it is the first day of the rest of their lives. For others, it is the starting point for a couple of weeks of tortured controlled eating that will end in a midnight run to the Gate station for some Ben & Jerry's.

Avoiding pain is the key to my weight-loss suggestion. It's a simple lifestyle modification that doesn't promise that you'll shed 30 pounds in the first month. Rather, I'm betting that you may lose 5 and feel good about the whole process.

My plan is the No Vending Machine Diet.

The rules are simple. Do not buy anything -- candy, chips, doughnuts, Pop-Tarts, cookies or soda from a vending machine. When at the store, don't buy anything that traditionally is in a vending machine. Avoid these high-calorie, fatty foods, and you'll lose weight.

There is only one exception to this rule. (There has to be an exception or two. How do you think these guys write a 200-page book about a "simple" diet?) Bottled water, the best item for you that is sold in a vending machine, is allowable.

I can give personal testimony that this diet works. Whenever the pants are feeling a little tight around the waist, I look at recent eating habits and find two culprits -- vending machines and beer. I cut out both and in no time life is good again in size 34-waist land.

At work, I love the vending machine. …

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