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Appraising The Situation – Art of Weight Loss

The Art of Weight Loss is based upon a simple idea.

It applies the time-tested principles behind Sun Tzu’s Art of War to weight loss.

So, let’s sit back, relax and learn more about The Art of Weight Loss.

Appraising The Situation

Appraisal – The act of estimating or judging the nature or value of something or someone.

Why Is Appraising The Situation Important?

Sun Tzu believed in the need for examination. While we must realize his Art of War was written in a military context; it applies equally well to most other aspects of life.

That’s exactly what we’re doing in The Art of Weight Loss.  We’re applying Sun Tzu’s principles in a different context.  In this case, the context of understanding what it takes to achieve permanent, LASTING weight loss.

It’s a Matter of Life and Death

Sun Tzu believed the military was a matter of life and death, consequently it required examination. In my opinion, the same can be said of your weight and whether or not you are in need of weight loss.

After all, your weight affects your health.

Your health affects your life.

Your health affects your death.

Thus your weight and whether or not you are in need of weight loss is a matter of life and death.

It’s a Matter of Survival for Our County (and Our World)

Sun Tzu said the military is a great matter of the state. It is the ground of life and death. The Tao of survival or extinction. One cannot but examine it.

The same applies to the weight of the average citizen of our country (and the world).  It is a matter of survival or extinction.

One cannot but examine it.

It’s All About Life or Death

The reason appraisals are important is that they form the basis of all life and death; the basis of our survival or extinction. If we do not have a realistic appraisal of the situation, how can we act appropriately?

So, What Aspects Should One Examine?

Sun Tzu said we should base our appraisals on five things:

  • First is Tao;
  • Second is heaven;
  • Third is earth;
  • Fourth is the leadership;
  • Fifth is method.

First – Tao

Tao can be a complex concept, but let’s try to simplify it.

Tao is what causes the people to have the same purpose as their leaders.

Thus they can die with their leader; they can  live with their leader and not deceive their leader.

To put it simply, Tao is the rational basis of human activity or conduct.

Second – Heaven

Heaven is yin and yang, cold and hot, the order of the seasons. Going with it; going against it – this is one achieves victory over any given situation.

Third – Earth

Earth is high and low, broad and narrow, far and near, steep and level, life and death.

Fourth – Leadership

Our leadership is where we derive our knowledge, trustworthiness, courage and our diligence.

Fifth – Method

Method is how we order our resources.  It is how we use our supplies.  It is how we meet our demands.

All 5 Are Equally Important In Battling Obesity

Sun Tzu said, as for all these five – No leader has not heard of them.

Knowing them, one is victorious. Not knowing them, one is not victorious.

It really is that simple.

If we understand the situation, we will win.  If we do not understand the situation, we will lose.


We are left with 5 aspects to examine; all of which will be examined in much greater detail throughout this ongoing analysis of The Art of Weight Loss.

Our Next Post

Come back tomorrow as we jump right in and begin analyzing the first of the 5 aspects.  We will discuss the Tao of Weight Loss.

Until next time, may you find your path by walking it . . .

About the Author

Stanley F. Bronstein

Attorney, CPA and Author

President and Member Board of Directors

As his 50th birthday grew nearer, Stanley decided enough was enough. He was tired of living a life of obesity.

Since February 2009, Stanley has dropped from a weight of 320 pounds to the mid-190s.  He has gone from a life of inactivity to walking a half-marathon daily and full marathons on many weekends.

His latest book in what he calls his “iWarriorWalk Pathfinder Series” is designed to help people ask (and answer) key questions about themselves.  Stanley believes that the only way We The People of the United States are going to solve our problems (especially the growing problem of obesity) is by asking the right questions and by coming up with appropriate answers.

Through Foundation EON, he hopes to help you (and America) do just that.