And even if it has been by default, it's doubtful that longer-then-usual
stab at eggnog, fruitcake and other holiday treats and those long,
dreary pizza-and-movie-filled afternoons brought much mercy in tow.
So, there are a lot of extra pounds lolling around.
But thanks to a little, hand-held computer rolled out last December by
Reston-based PICS Inc.--that's short for Personal Improvement Computer
Systems--federal employees can fight back against cholesterol and fat.
Private sector types can too, they just don't have half the excuse that
federal workers do. Sold to individuals by doctors, DietMate is also
catching on as a component of companies'wellness programs.
The size of a box of Snackwells, the DietMate develops customized programs
for its users based on height, weight, age, sex and cholesterol levels.
Users set goals and if they stick to them, they get barraged with positive
reinforcement; if they stray, they get scolded. Eat too much and risk
rebuke the next a.m.: "Watch your calorie intake more carefully today, Bob!"
Reach your goal and enjoy zippy fanfare, ballpark-style.
DietMate is most readily available to consumers by calling 1-800-DIETMATE or
by visiting their website at www.DietMate.com.
The cost: $197.50 and a few layers of winter flab.