Last week a Chinese work colleague ran up to me as we were both approaching our office building in the morning.
“Moshe”, he said, “I noticed you lost weight. Do you have any advice for me? I want to do that, too.”
I was taken by surprise with this direct approach, but I do commend it. This Australian way of going around the bush instead of talking directly to the point has been known to drive me crazy on a daily basis. Which is exactly the reason I pointed out the Chinese factor; the only other person to ask me about my weight loss at work was an Indian. Do accuse me of stereotyping and extrapolating too much out of too little, but I think there is clearly a point here for “pure” Aussies to take note of. And the point is, you don’t learn by going around the bush and avoiding what’s staring you in the face.
Cultural insight aside, here is what I told my colleague (a very nice and wise guy, if I might add):
- If you want to reduce weight, avoid consuming stuff with added sugar.
- If you want to put on weight, eat sugary stuff.
I was not joking; my personal experience really comes down to that.
I know I have focused on calorie counting before. I know most people put a lot of emphasis on exercise. But experiments I have conducted on myself lately seem to prove the point that, as long as one handles oneself reasonably, little else matters in the matter of weight management other than the small matter of added sugar consumption.