What do you think? I want to know…
I was talking with some friends the other day and we got into a bit of a heated debate about the scenario I’m about to share with you.
But before I lay it out for you, I need (and want) to hear your opinion on this. Tell me what you think would happen—as best you can given the information. Will the 10 participants in this “virtual life-study” gain weight, or “get fat” in the 90 days or not?
When I get 20 comments, be that today, tomorrow… whenever. When you and 19 other people have shared your opinions, and the reasons you believe that, I’ll give you my 3 cents.
The participants in this study are relatively fit, healthy men and women (say, 50-50). Not super-athletes, not “fitness freaks” but people who live a clean, healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly–as part of their lifestyle, not in spurts–and are at or near an ideal weight. They’re all in their 30′s, so it’s not a youth or an age thing.
Can you picture them? Do you know some people like this? They’re not on some diet, not running around screaming the praises of low carb, not shoving the vegan life down anyone’s throat with a seven foot plunger. We’re talking fit, healthy and wonderfully average people.
These 10 wonderfully average and healthy, fit people are to be placed in a new, different and unfamiliar environment for 90 days. Their homes, their cars, their offices, every where they go will be an endless supply of junk food. Not just sweets but every shape, sort and size of processed, bulk sized, Wal-mart cart classic “American” (hate to say it but it’s true) crap food.
For these 90 days these good, fine people will not only be free to eat as much as they like of any of this “stuff”, as often as they like–and even more disgusting is they are going to be encouraged to eat it. They will have some subtle motivations, maybe some incentives to taste, test and check out more variety or snacks, meals and soda’s. We’re talking breakfast cereals, Pop-Tarts, and Cap-n-Crunch until your mouth bleeds!
Boxes of donuts, loaves of Wonderbread (it’s a wonder they can call it bread), frozen pizzas, ice cream from every made up country in the world.
Now, there’s no forcing them to eat any of this. They are just FREE to do at they please. Eat what they want, when they want. It’s there. They can get other food, but they have to work for that–go get it, make it, themselves. It’s all an uphill climb. And–this may be the worst of all, so brace yourself–no, they will not be allowed any Full Strength for the entire 90 days!
Insanely rough, I know!
My Question for You
Hopefully you’ve got the picture. These 10, healthy people are to be thrust into living in a virtual, endless “Food Land” for 90 days.
My question is, will they gain weight and if so, how much? Will they get fat in the 90 days? Why or why not?
What will the effects on them be, mentally and physically?
I am confident there is something to be learned, some gem of wisdom to be gained through this thought experiment. So let’s hear your take and let the debate—or collective agreement begin.
Thank you in advance for sharing your deep thoughts…