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Some Questions I Have About Diets

By Danceswithfat @danceswithfat

WTFTwas the day after Christmas and all through the mail, the diet companies shill programs almost sure to fail. Besides the obvious question – How can you live with yourselves making 60 billion dollars  a year selling a product that hardly ever works? -  I have some other questions for all the diets I’m seeing advertised right now.  Of course, I would never tell anyone else what to eat or what path to health they should choose – these are just my questions:

NutriSystem and Jenny Craig:  With all of this talk about how the healthiest thing is to eat farm to table/slow food/food as close to whole as possible, why are you suggesting to fat people that we should eat meals that are highly processed, frozen, and packaged in plastic to be microwaved back to warmth?

Medifast, your plan of five shakes a day and one lean protein and vegetable meal not only replaces almost all actual food with reconstituted soy protein, but it puts people at a caloric level that is less than what has been used  to study starvation, and is so low fat that women may stop menstruating and lose their hair. Your “health coaches” become “health coaches” by buying into your multi-level marketing program to resell the product (I personally know someone who was a social psychologist one day and a health coach the next.)  Explain again how this is healthy?

Slimfast:  You want us to believe that replacing two-thirds of our food with a drink that has a laxative effect, a ton of sugar, and a poor glycemic profile, will bring greater health.  Are you serious?

The Cabbage Soup Diet:  Just one of your 7 days says “Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup.” What the fuck?

Alli Diet Pills:  Your side effects include uncontrolled anal seepage, spontaneous bowel movements, and  life-threatening liver damage and your information suggests that people should wear dark pants, all for 4 pounds more weight lost A YEAR than those who didn’t take Alli (and it sounds like a fair amount of that weight leaks out.)  What the actual fuck?

Paleo Diet:  So you are suggesting that we mimic the eating of people who had an average life expectancy of 30 years – about 30% of the current US life expectancy?

Weight Watchers: When your study showed that participants lost around about 10 pounds in six months and kept off half of that for two years, your chief scientist -  Karen Miller-Kovach – said: “It’s nice to see this validation of what we’ve been doing.”  If you are so comfortable with those numbers, why doesn’t your advertising say “Join Weight Watchers and maybe lose 5 pounds in two years” with before and after pictures of people who have lost 5 pounds?

Maybe if I asked representatives from these diets they would have answers – but then I have to ask if it matters what those answers are, when the diets don’t have any evidence that they lead to significant long-term weight loss or health benefits?  So maybe I’ll just stick to healthy habits and never give those blood-sucking leeches another cent of my money.  Yeah, think I’ll do that.

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