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Embarking on a re-read

I'm about to start binge-reading the Twilight books. Again. For dietetic reasons.

You see, the first time I read them, I lost 18 pounds over the period of a few weeks. And then, a couple years later, I did the same thing again - lost 18 pounds over a few weeks.

I have formulated a theory that I call the "Twilight Diet", and I am about to test it, because Lord knows I could stand to lose at least 18 pounds. I have weighed myself this morning and will commence reading this afternoon.

Here's why I think these books work to help with weight loss (and I'm hoping they work again):

1. They are pure id, as pretty much everyone knows. They put you inside Bella's (and later, Jacob's) head, and the reader proxy relationship is so tight that her descriptions of falling madly in love generate those brain chemicals in readers. And people tend to lose weight at the start of a major infatuation.

2. (a) The Cullens - and especially Edward and Jasper - really struggle against their natural hunger and repress their own eating instincts. Self-control modeled by characters can help lead to self-control in real life. Maybe.

2. (b) There's a lot of talk about how thirsty the vampires in these books are. Talk of thirst tends to make me thirsty. As a result, I drink a lot more water when reading these books. Water is good for weight loss.

3. I get pretty caught up in books when reading, and these books are pretty much like crack. Or, if you prefer, like sparkly, sparkly Twinkies (Cleolinda's summaries are awesome and highly, highly recommended for both the lulz and the actual critiques). In any case, I don't eat while I have a book open, because I'm one of those readers who takes excellent care of books. This means I don't fold pages or break spines or get food on the pages.

So, less eating and more water plus wonderful "love hormones" in my brain tend to add up to weight loss. At least, that's what happened twice before. We shall see if it works again this time.

I'll keep you posted.


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TS Davis
Feb. 16th, 2016 06:12 pm (UTC)
...is it just Twilight, or romance in general?
...either way, I can't wait to see how this pans out!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: ...is it just Twilight, or romance in general?
In the past, it was just Twilight. This time, I've been interrupted in my re-read by other things, but I have lost 3 pounds in two and a half weeks, so it's still a (small) win.
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angeladegroot
Feb. 19th, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
I remember how well the Twilight diet worked for you the first time around. Funnily enough, I was only thinking about you (and this) a couple of days ago. Universe getting in on the action again. That's been happening quite a bit to me lately. Happy reading!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:24 pm (UTC)
Hooray for the Universe - and I am not doing as well as I could with the Twilight diet, since I haven't been able to give it my full attention due to other issues. But I lost three pounds in the first two weeks, so it's still a (small) win.
Wilcox Carol
Feb. 20th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
Twilight
Eighteen pounds??? I'm starting this series tomorrow! Seriously, I checked in a very worn copy of one of these books from an eighth grader yesterday. She had another one in the series, which is overdue. When I asked about it, she said that one of her best friends is reading it, and isn't done yet, so she can't turn it in. I have never read these, but really need to, because my middle schoolers love them sooooo much!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Twilight
I will warn you that Bella isn't exactly an admirable narrator. And that there are reasons to want to scream, if you step back as an adult and/or author and look at the text. (Her writing really improves as the series goes on, and since it's first-person narration, I assume some of the stuff that bugs readers may be an authorial choice on Meyers's part.)

I highly recommend reading Cleolinda Jones's Twilight summaries, which are pee-your-pants funny (and not always suitable for work).
angeladegroot
Feb. 28th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
How's your Twilight reading/diet going? I find it very hard to read without munching. Yes, a lot of my books have chocolate finger prints on a page here and there.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 10th, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
STILL only down 3 pounds. But at least it hasn't come back on?
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