Have you ever noticed how many weight loss commercials show up right around the New Year? We’re being innundated with everyone’s favorite New Year’s resolution: losing weight.
But don’t be fooled – these people are making money off of you. They want you to buy their fake food (“it’s so easy!”), or join their club (“for just a dollar a day!”) or try this brand new (read: the same as it ever was, with a new name) weight loss program. In one day of watching television (stuck at home with the flu), I’ve seen commercials for Nutri-System, Weight Watchers (both online and in-person), Curves, Bally, 24 Hour Fitness, SlimFast, and SlimQuick Hoodia, to name just a few.
I’ve also noticed something that distresses me: every single person they feature in these commercials is either: a) not the same person featured in before-and-after photos or b) NOT in need of a weight loss program. I think it’s the commercial makers’ way of guilting those of us who could stand to lose a few pounds into thinking we’re really porky. I mean, if this little skinny thing needs to use this product to lose weight, how could I possibly be healthy doing anything else?
So I’ve decided that there’s a resolution I need to make this year. I refuse to be guilted into thinking I need some expensive product. I am not a skinny thing – but I guess that means that I can be healthy myself. I’ve got a plan: ignore weight loss commercials, eat as healthy as I can, and walk with friends. I think it’s far better than any fancy plan or gym or “supplement” or “lifestyle program”. And it’s all me.