The email went something like this:
Hi Johnd,Without meaning to rude I sent the enquirer this response:
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?
I am not a fan of 'diet programs'. I believe that there are four elements to dieting:
- Keep your mouth closed - don't put any food in it between meals
- Hi-protein, Lo-fat, Lo-carbohydrate intake - small portion meals three to four times a day
- Keep hydrated through regular sips of water - no soft drinks, energy drinks or fruit juices (includes natural juice).
- Lots of healthy walking exercise - buy a dog and walk it twice a day.
Well? What do people think? Was that a fair and polite response to an unsolicited email from an anonymous person?