Just what could she do in order to reduce Alois’ weight?
To be honest, there are just so many things she has to do that it’s giving Camilla a headache.
Alois eats eight meals a day. He gets up in the night to eat a full meal and has already finished his actual breakfast by the time Camilla wakes up. He snacks constantly between meals, sometimes even having tea and sweets with visitors as well. After having dinner, he will more often than not take a second supper, not to mention his habit of midnight snacking.
She wasn’t aware that so much food could even fit inside the human body. Or rather, it could be said that Alois eats so much that perhaps the limits of the human body shouldn’t be applied to him.
Not to mention, even during his eight regular meals, the quantity of food is ridiculous and almost everything served is coated in grease and fat. Not to mention just how densely seasoned everything is. There are few vegetables to speak of at all, it’s mostly just meat. Camilla couldn’t stomach eating the same meals that Alois would take, usually asking to be served something from a different menu.
She would be told, ‘What, do you refuse to eat the same things as your husband?’ with a disgusted tone of voice, but in her mind she isn’t the weird one for not wanting to eat that tongue-numbing pile of food.
The cakes and sweets that were served were little more than moulded lumps of sugar. No matter just how skilfully crafted they were in appearance, the overwhelming taste of sugar is torture on the tastebuds and even Camilla, who used to like sweet things, can’t take more than a single bite before pushing them away.
Worst of all, Alois very rarely leaves the house at all. At the very most, he will join Camilla in the courtyard for a tea party or make a visit to a manastone gathering site in his territory. His hobbies were eating and reading books. He doesn’t seem to be too comfortable when it comes to social situations, so even when he’s invited to some event or ball in the capital, he simply sends back a declining letter.
Hmm, Camilla thought alone in her room.
Gathering her thoughts, it seems like this is the way forward?
First, reduce his amount of meals.
Eight meals are too much. In fact, there are so many that the words ‘too much’ might not suffice. She’s not saying that he should start fasting. However, even reducing that diet by one meal would be a good start. Then, she could gradually whittle it down to a more normal number.
Second, change what food is being served.
So long as he only eats greasy foods, his body will naturally stay fat. Not to mention, there’s also far too much sugar. And the amount of salt and seasoning is also excessive. If you were to ask Camilla, such foods need to be removed from his plate. She just can’t understand how anyone can eat such greasy, sweet and salty foods.
Even a child knows that eating sweet things in excess will lead to becoming overweight. Right now, she wants to reduce the amount of salt, sugar and fat he’s consuming by half. This alone should see a considerable improvement.
This goes without saying. If he continues to eat so much whilst shutting himself away, he will only ever gain weight. The first step is going outside. Just for walks. Then, over time, that can become running.
Fourth, have him participate in social life.
If you stand in the public eye, you have to look the part. She has to fix his appearance so that she won’t be ashamed to be seen with him. She will have to slim down his fat figure and on top of that, she will have to do something about his greasy hair and those clothes that he hasn’t replaced in years.
What was the first thing that came to mind when she came here?
――――Shouldn’t I just starve him and make him run around outside?
But although she had thought so originally, Camilla shook those thoughts out of her head now.
For someone without self-control, to attempt to force him into weight loss without any transitional period was a bad idea. He would simply give up straight away.
If she tried to rush things, he would never change.
――I have to take things slowly, it will doubtless be a long road ahead.
She’s prepared for a lengthy battle.
First of all, she has to get through that fat toad’s thick skin.
I wasn’t kidding when I said some of these chapters were short. Also, you can find all the illustrations for the novel at this link (v1 illustrations).