The 4 Day Diet (is a thing, so)
I must say I felt a distinct twinge of irony while shopping the self-help section. Over the years I’ve played my share of roles, but I don’t think I’ve ever played Average American very convincingly. So the fact that the first step in Becoming My Most Bestest Self would be to get all average on my (okay, maybe a little plump and not perfectly happy) ass and start buying self-help books did occasion a moment of pause. Apparently, though, I went on to embrace the whole regular guy thing like a champ—because the next thing I knew, I was watching Dr. Ian Smith
on the Rachael Ray Show
* and, wait for it, ordering The 4-Day Diet
on Amazon. I know
, right? (* I feel compelled to say, for whatever perverse reasons and in my own quickly crumbling defense, that I watched Rachael Ray while running on the treadmill at the gym, and not while eating a Yum-O snack on the couch at home. Still, if anything, that means I must have really wanted the book, since I had to remember to buy it after showering, picking up the kids, driving home and, if I know me at all, probably making everyone some lunch.) I can’t say I’ve been following the 4 Day Diet in anything approximating a zealous fashion, though it is a perfectly reasonable plan for people who want some external motivation to lose weight and get healthier while eating actual, real-live foods that they cook at home. I’d probably be rock-hard like Dr. Ian Smith by now if I had been following it like a true devotee, so probably I should get on that in the next four days. But the book is at least as much about generally applicable mind-over-matter motivation as it is about dieting, and I must admit that it is more than motivating enough for me to have wanted to tell you about it despite really, really not wanting to tell you about it
. Ian Smith, like Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project
, has got a thing or two figured out and a really useful way of helping the rest of us figure it out, too.