Wednesday, 5 March 2008


I don't think there is a diet I haven't tried - unsuccessfully - I even went to Weight Watchers way back in those ignorant non PC days where the biggest loser was given a plastic pig.

But now there is light on the horizon - an economist (yes you read right) has a fail proof weight loss plan.

Contract with a friend to pay her $500 if you have not lost 5 kilos in 10 weeks. You and a witness sign a contract. Your friend similarly affirms her solemn pledge to take the money and spend it on herself by signing the contract. Your friend must sign the contract, you don't want her to wimp out at the end of the contract and refuse to take the money because she feels sorry for you.

In other words you must maximise your potential financial pain in order to maximise your incentive to lose weight. But beware of false friends - once the contract is signed she will have an incentive to fatten you up with free drinks, snacks and carbohydrate laden dinners.

Let me know how you get on!