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This Might Help You Lose Weight

My last cartoon was about meditation. At work. Will it stop you from getting bored? Will your boss approve? Or maybe she’s doing it, too…

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I’m still wearing shorts most days, so I couldn’t resist one more cartoon about ice cream, before everyone’s thoughts turn to Halloween candy.

By the way, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry aren’t necessarily the most popular flavors of ice cream; Parade Magazine claims the most popular flavors are:

  • Vanilla
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Pralines N Cream
  • Oreo Cookies N Cream
  • Chocolate

Of course, Parade being Parade, they didn’t do any actual research, but just grabbed some names from Baskin-Robbins! Now, I’m a huge fan of Baskin-Robbins, but their headquarters are out here in good old Burbank, and so I thought I’d include Bassetts from Philadelphia on the East Coast, probably the best ice cream in the nation in my very experienced opinion. They have a long list, but the top 5 are:

  • Vanilla
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Guatemalan Ripple

Well, n0w we’re just getting weird. I have no idea what that last one is.

Anyway, none of these are my favorites. I like mix-ins, and a couple of my current favorites are Ben & Jerry’s Boom Chocolatta Cookie Core, and Haagan-Daz Belgian Chocolate, which they just brought back from the dead after 7? years.

But another reason this cartoon interests me is choice. Maybe it’s because I’m bad at making decisions personally, but I’ve thought for a while that people don’t like to have too many choices. Is this true?

A Paradox of Choices is a classic book that I’ve never heard of. He gives a confusing outline to follow to make choices, and says we suffer if we feel we made the wrong one. (Yes.)

A more recent study says to forget the analysis and choosing most wisely, and just give people fewer choices, to make them happier. The New York Times says:

Research also shows that an excess of choices often leads us to be less, not more, satisfied once we actually decide. There’s often that nagging feeling we could have done better.

I go with less is more. KISS. And limited food diets (skip the buffet) work for a reason: get bored, move on.

Now, go enjoy your ice cream, you crazy kids.

Next: it’s a power grab. Who will win, you or him?


This Might Help You Lose Weight

Donna Barstow

Cartoonist for LA Times, Parade, WSJ, Glamour, PsychCentral, Barron's, Weight Watchers, and textbooks & Chicken Soup books. Author and editor of 2 cartoon books and a Barnes & Noble calendar.

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