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Puttin’ On the Ritz

For you old musical fans, there was a song written by Irving Berlin in 1927 and introduced in a show called “Puttin On The Ritz” in 1930.  The “Ritz” referred to was the opulent Ritz Hotel in London and the expression came to mean wearing very fashionable clothes.  The song became popular again in 1974 during the Mel Brook’s movie farce/comedy “Young Frankenstein”.  In that movie (which eventually became a Broadway show) the mad scientist, Dr. Frankenstein sang and danced to the song with his monster.  In 1974, a musician named “Taco” released an updated, more 70’s version of “Puttin’ On The Ritz” which hit the top 10 songs that year.

Well, enough about music history and now to the weight control arena: When I query people as to the major reasons why they want to lose weight, invariably, one of the top 5 reasons is: I want to fit into my beautiful clothes again.”  Or, a variation of this: “I want to go shopping in my closet to obtain those fashionable clothes that I cannot wear now because of the weight.”

One of the major benefits of successful weight loss is shedding body fat that results in clothes size changes.  Very often our patients that have lost a significant amount of weight happily tell me that they are now wearing the suits, dresses, pants and other items of clothing that have been sitting in their closets for years.  Being able to wear these fashionable clothes results in  markedly elevated levels of confidence, self-esteem and happiness.

As discussed previously in these entries, weight control requires foregoing positive gratifications (such as what we get when we down some booze or eat high sugar foods) in favor of delayed gratification such as being healthier, looking younger, having more energy and yes, “Puttin On The Ritz”.  

I debated with myself as to whether I post the “Young Frankenstein” version or Taco’s.  However, being a Mel Brook’s fan I couldn’t help myself.  Enjoy  one of the most memorable and funny scenes from “Young Frankenstein”.

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