Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Diet advice

I recently received an email from someone who had read my blog. They were putting together a 'diet program' and wanted my advice.

The email went something like this:

Hi Johnd,

I bumped into your blog today and was wondering if I could get your opinion on a diet/fitness app I am working on right now.

Basically, the main problem with being fit and eating healthy is motivation and willpower. It's such an abstract goal that seems overwhelming. It seems the best way to counter this is to make it into smaller, winnable games.

So my app makes living healthy, eating healthy, and fitness into a RPG game, where users earn points, "level up', and earn badges as they accomplish their health goals. Everytime they add something healthy like a fruit to their food log, they earn points. Everytime they complete a workout, they earn points. As they achieve more and more, they'll level up and unlock badges...

Of course, to appeal to people's need for achievements/progress, I'm also adding charts, and graphs to show their progress... I think people love that sorta stuff. The whole idea is to shift people's attitude towards healthy living as fun, and enjoyable. And there's gonna be a web version for those that don't own smartphones.

What's your opinion on this idea? Would you want to know when I'm done with it?
Without meaning to rude I sent the enquirer this response:

 I am not a fan of 'diet programs'. I believe that there are four elements to dieting:

  1. Keep your mouth closed - don't put any food in it between meals
  2. Hi-protein, Lo-fat, Lo-carbohydrate intake - small portion meals three to four times a day
  3. Keep hydrated through regular sips of water - no soft drinks, energy drinks or fruit juices (includes natural juice).
  4. Lots of healthy walking exercise - buy a dog and walk it twice a day.
I do not think I could be of any other assistance to you, tho' I wish you good luck with your project



Well?  What do people think? Was that a fair and polite response to an unsolicited email from an anonymous person?


Sharon said...

That was fair. The other person's idea might work for overweight children..............

Maria said...

I think I would have been even more succinct. I would have said what my MIL used to say all the time: "The key to not being fat is just to push yourself away from the table."

JohnD said...

LOL! Love your MIL's advise!

LindaG said...

I think it was a perfect response, John. And very true!

John Gray said...

I have just lost a stone
my plan and advice?

stop being a greedy bastard

JohnD said...

Yes! That's what I said! LOL! :)

John Gray said...

you were more polite

Isaac said...

I'm not sure that person has actually read your blog. I got the same email today, word for word.

LindaG said...

I got one the other day, too. Probably stumbled on yours by whatever accident Blogger allows, and then just went through your readers looking for the ones who have emails.

I just deleted it. Oops. :)

qubodup said...

spam spam spam spam spam spam spam lovely spam. with female name sender.

I got a slightly changed version of this email today. I write posts on a game/gamedev blog. So this human spammer is doing their annoying job not too bad.

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