This is only peripherally training related, yet it reveals a lot about 21st century Americans and the quick fix.
Your Pants Are Lying to You About How Thin You Are
Indeed, they are.
Never mind the waistline on your pants isn't necessarily your widest point, if you carry visceral fat above the line of your hips. So it's a) inaccurate even if the measurement was correct and b) inaccurate on top of that.
So instead of thinning down, we'll just mark down the size and keep on keeping on'. And Boris was just talking about cutting corners . . .