Monday, August 17, 2009
I was strolling through the mall Saturday and walked passed the GNC, in the window was a big display of Jillian Michael's products that caught my eye. Being a HUGE fan of her I stopped to see what the display was. There were two items, an appetite suppressant (well she calls it a calorie reducer, but a pill can't magically zap calories to zero so call it what it is an appetite suppressant) and fat burner, both pills to be taken on a daily basis to to lose weight on the packages it said "Jillian Michaels QUICKSTART Rapid Weight Loss Program". **Now I'm not dissing anyone who takes or believes in these items, this is just my personal opinion, so please don't take offense**.
Now I am used to seeing all these "get skinny fast" gimmicks and usually I just laugh at them. like the cookie diet LOL nothing more than a high fiber low calorie diet, cracks me up every time! At this point in the game, I've come to understand that being healthy isn't a quick easy fix or a daily pill you take but just making good choices. Finally grasping this logic and implementing it in my life was what finally made weight loss work for me. Certainly though, what has worked for me isn't the only way, its just what was best for me. We all have our own journey. But seeing this from Jillian honestly made my heart sink a little. Jillian has been an HUGE inspiration and motivator in my own personal journey. Her ideas, her values, her attitude everything she stands for represents how I feel about getting healthy, and has helped me so much!! I watch her videos on you tube, I have her work out videos, I just LOVE her. I can't help but feel a little betrayed that she's 'stooped' to this level, it goes against everything she's ever said!
I'm not saying I've tried her pills or that they don't work, hey they just might. I'm not saying either that the existence of her products have un-done what she's done for my life she's still an important role model for me and for millions. But when you as a celebrity and as someone who millions of people look up to attach your name to a gimmick, well that contradicts your image. Kind of like if a PETA member did a commercial promoting juicy steaks from Outback Steakhouse. Heck, I believed back in 1999 that metabolife was the best thing since sliced bread, but turns our ephedra is bad for you and though it "worked" here I am 10 years later working my booty off to lose 85lbs! People are vulnerable especially people who want to lose weight, I've been there. It really shocked me that someone who has been such an ambassador of a healthy lifestyle and fitness would attach themselves to a "get skinny fast" ploy. So many people love her and follow her advice, so I'm sure these products will probably sell a lot of them, even though if its not "her" product, she's still allowed someone the rights to her likeness to push these products and make money off of them.
Sure, pills can work, but are we going to take pills forever to maintain the weight loss. If it were that easy, and a pill could answer all of our problems would anyone be over weight? Once you stop taking the appetite suppressants then what? Your old appetite will be back, you'll have learned nothing about eating right and the weight will come back on. What happens when you stop taking the fat burner? It hasn't taught you anything about the importance of fitness. Truth is, we don't know enough about these products to really know the long term effects, and there are a lot of people out there willing to try them because they are desperate for a quick fast solution. At the end of the day though, I suppose Jillian is a business woman, and making money these days just seems to be good business, even if it has its price.
Jillian, I can't help but feel betrayed that it's come to this. You've always said there is no quick and easy solution, that to get results you have to work hard! As you always say "results don't come for free", but in this case I guess they come for $89.95 for a 30 day supply.
**Now please don't get me wrong, I still love Jillinan - I'm not hating on her. SHe's done amazing things and helped millions of people and will continue to do so. This was just a disappointing thing for me to see, so I thought I'd blog about it.**