Then: 1.5 ounces, 210 calories Now: 5 ounces, 500 calories
Trust me, I've been battling the weight thing forever. Truth is, in the media world, the decision makers like the attractive and the fit. We have a serious issue with being fat in American. It's not healthy for your body or your wallet. Newsweek did a survey in 2010 of hiring managers...check out these perceptions:
57% believe an unattractive (but qualified) job candidate will have a harder time getting hired;
68% believe that, once hired, looks will continue to affect the way managers rate job performance.
63% said being physically attractive is beneficial to men who are looking for work,
72% said it was an advantage for women.
On a priority scale, education came in third. Experience was second, and yep (!), attractiveness was first.
This left me wondering "Where's my inner-George Clooney?" I know this much, I need to continue substituting bananas for breakfast meats and salads for mashed potatoes. I'm not working in the fields buring 3,000 calories a day like my forefathers and now the portion sizes are out of control (see the pictures below).
So what's a Media Guy to do?
I know that to be the Super Hero in Media Guy's clothing, writing clever ad copy and delivering smart campaigns, I have to look the part as well. People want a slimmer, sleeker workforce. At age 40-something I'm ready and on my way. Somewhere Jack LaLanne and Dr. Oz are smiling.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Then: 1 cup of spaghetti and sauce with 3 meatballs, 500 calories Now: 2 cups of pasta and sauce with 3 meatballs, 1,025 calories
Then: 3-inch diameter, 140 calories Now: 6-inch diameter, 350 calories
Fast Food Cheeseburgers
Then: 333 calories Now: 590 Calories
Then: 2.4 ounces, 210 calories Now: 6.9 ounces, 610 calories
Then: 6.5 ounces, 85 calories Now: 20 ounces, 250 calories