So yesterday I was having a conversation with superquad7 and the topic came up about being on the hunt for Transformers, vs. purchasing from an online retailer. And how much work it takes to get to the toy aisle. That's when the latest and greatest in a long line of diet fads came to mind..... TRANSFORMERS: THE DIET Being on Transformers - The Diet doesn't require too much on your part. The best part of the diet is that you get to eat lots of good food, perhaps have some Starbucks/favorite coffee of choice and there's very little point counting. You can even get your spouse involved! Here's the basic premise: For all the TF hunting you do, you're walking at least some distance to get to where the store has put the toys/Transformers. For all that walking you're gonna lose weight. Week 1: Pick out several spots in your local area to shop at where Transformers are sold, doesn't matter if it's KB Toys, Walmart, Target, etc. Drive to said locations, and place your car at a pre-determined spot to the front door of the store. Extra points if you park your car at a mall. Now, very simple: make your way at a brisk walking pace to the toy aisle. Running, or pushing over old ladies will not get you points. Points value based upon how far back the toys usually are, considering distance, and also availability: Store Walmart (always in the back or to the side of the store): 10 Target (Also, in the back of the store, or to the side): 10 KB (usually always in a mall): 15 Mall (lets face it, any walk through a mall is a good deal of work to get through the crowds): 15 Toys R' Us (No challenge whatsoever): 5 Costco (Because just searching to see if they have anything is worthwhile): 10 Sam's Club (Same): 10 Big Lots (Knockoffs galore, potentially, but so close by, it barely counts): 5 Other store: 5-10 depending on distance Buying online: Give points only if you're lifting weights at your computer. Where did you park your car: Parking your car near the front of the mall/store: 5 - Jeez, put some effort into it! Parking your car mid way up the parking lot to the front of the mall/store: 10 Parking your car so far away from the mall/store, it requires a bus stop to get you there: 15 Leaving your car at home (if you can walk there): 20 Parking your car on the far side of the mall to where the store is: 20 How rare is your find: Not rare: 5 Somewhat rare: 10 Rare: 15 Extremely Rare (like G2 Motormaster rare): 20 Didn't get anything but still did the walk anyway: 15 (hey effort counts!) So based on these numbers, if you parked very far away, on the far side of the mall, and managed to find an extremely rare TF, then you just earned 55 points just for that day. Potentially, you could actually burn some serious calories by walking to that toy aisle three times a week! You can do this each day, or several days out of the week. Each week, just keep parking the car farther away, and then you can add more points per week, per day, etc. Now, here is the part where the diet really comes into play: Eating at said location. If you're truly health conscious and decided to eat a granola bar, then good for you, but if you're going to eat at said location, always check the calorie value. That Starbucks coffee and chili dog at Target may taste really good (unless you think Starbucks is terrible, and chili dogs give you gas), but you may have consumed more calories than it took you to get that last Titanium figure you're missing. Even if you're totally in shape or just looking for something to do out of boredom, it doesn't matter your age, just walking is good for you. Even if it is to get to purchase your favorite toy. As a person who's been through a few diets, it's not always about what you eat, it's about how you live. Also, keep in mind, this was created from a REALLY funny idea spun in a conversation, and not to be taken too seriously, unless you want it to be. Remember, always consult your doctor or plastic crack counselor for advice before starting any diet. Comments?