You’ve seen claims like this on TV, read the ads in magazines, heard them on the radio. Did you click on this blog because you thought it might contain a secret weight loss solution, that magic bullet you’ve been searching for? Have you tried diets? Pills? Joined a club? Bought the book? Eaten frozen “healthy” meals? Drank chalky shakes?
Did it work? Did you keep the weight off? I suppose if you did, you wouldn’t still be looking.
Everybody wants the easy answer and desperate people are notoriously easy to deceive. When everything you read or hear is stated as if it is a hard fact based on science, how is a person to know what to do? Surely, one of these plans will work for you, right?
The diet industry does not want you to permanently lose weight. If you did, who would buy its products? The diet industry preys upon a confused and desperate group. And the truth of the matter is, almost ANY diet will cause you to lose weight. That’s the easy part. ANYBODY can lose weight. Keeping it off is the war.
Diets are not designed to help you lose weight permanently. They are meant to give you quick results so you will tell your friends “I tried Slim-Rapid and lost 10 pounds in ONE WEEK!” and then your friends will buy it too.
But if a diet doesn’t teach you what to do to keep the weight off, you’re probably better off without it. Sorry to say, the weight won’t just stay off once you’ve lost it. And Yo-Yoing is worse for your health than just being overweight.
Sometimes, more often than seems plausible in an age of supposed regulation, the magic bullet turns out to be an actual bullet- the kind that injures or kills you.
Surely, we have not forgotten Fen-Phen? Yet nothing seems to stop the endless barrage of new weight loss pills. Because we are so desperate to lose weight, we’d risk our health to do it? That is so sad. Not only because we value our outer appearances so much more than our inner selves but also because it is totally unnecessary! There is no need to harm yourself to lose weight!
(((I was thinking of linking to some of the more drastic and deadly “diet” plans one can find on the internet, but decided that I do not want to have any part of directing anyone to those plans.)))
People think of The Biggest Loser as this great motivational reality show. But it’s really just another shill for diet products. Work-out DVDs are one thing, but the day I saw Jillian’s body on the cover of a box of her “Cleanse and Burn” product, I lost my patience with the show. It is horrible what TBL has done to dieters, making incredibly unrealistic results seem normal and normal weight loss seem like a failure. They could at least follow it up with a sequel show about what the contestants do to keep the weight off.
But I suppose if they did that, they would sell less boxes of “Cleanse and Burn.” And we can’t have that, now can we?
If you did come to this blog for a secret, I’m not going to disappoint. Here’s the secret the diet industry does not want you to know:
The best way to lose weight doesn’t cost one penny.
I say “best” not because it is the fastest, but because changing your habits permanently is the only way to keep the weight off permanently. Old ways = old body.
Eat less and move more. That’s all there is to it. Anybody can do it. Including you.