Weight loss LIARS.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This is not a timely post, since all this stuff happened on TV quite a while ago. But it has been bugging me of late. I am so tired of all the weight loss liars out there. I am tired of feeling "set up" by their boasts of instant, mega-success. I'm irritated that no one - - not even some doctors and dietitians - - seems to want to admit the ugly truth about losing weight. It is very hard.
I'm imagining Kirstie Alley, who I've always really liked as an actress, riding the diet roller-coaster for her living now. She loses big, gains it back, and tells Oprah she's on the way back down again, but this time with some "secret system" of her own. What?!? Don'tcha think she'd have LEARNED something from her publicly humiliating experience? Instead, she wants to make a buck off the rest of us, especially those who sympathize with her because we've been there. She's a LIAR. Whether she's lying to herself too, I don't know.
And the newest "Jenny Craig" isn't any better. She looks lovely, but please, she did not do this the way the rest of us have to. And same for all the skinny-mini's who just birthed children, oh, HOURS ago and are already doing swimsuit shoots. I am a little jealous that they look so good, but I'm more ANGRY that they don't admit the ugly truth of what it takes to do it.
And I'm irritated with the dieticians on the morning TV shows who say things like, "just cut out soda and you'll lose 20 pounds in a year!" Because, my friends, I have cut out soda, and it's not like the pounds magically melted off. Perhaps I did not GAIN 20 pounds by doing this, but, if these experts are correct, I should have lost near on 80 pounds just over the past 6 months with all the healthy eating changes I've made. C'mon!! Why can't you just be honest and say quitting soda is a great first step? Why do you have to make empty promises?
The thing it most reminds me of is breastfeeding. (Wait, there really is a connection here.) While you're pregnant, all the books you read, all the friends you talk to, your doctors and nurses... well they all make it sound pretty natural and easy. Yeah, it might take a little time to get in sync with the baby, there might be "discomfort." No one tells you the truth about this very important function! It's really difficult! Not everyone does it successfully! It hurts sometimes! You will feel enormous guilt if you're not sure you're doing it right!
At least there's no multi-billion dollar industry behind the lies about breastfeeding. Just a bunch of well-meaning folks who know it is best for baby. (And yeah, I switched for formula after about 6 weeks with both my babies.)
I guess I don't expect the truth about being fit from Hollywood, or from Jenny Craig. (No offense to anyone out there who is using this tactic - just seems like a gimmick to me.) I expect our well-meaning doctors and dieticians to be a little more truthful though... they SHOULD be upbeat, I think it's great that many are cheerleaders for simple changes. But blithe directives and encouraging myths ultimately are NOT motivators... they do nothing but discourage someone who is in the trenches, waiting for the "magic moment" when that 20 pounds of non-soda plops off you.
Don't misinterpret my little rant. I'm sparking along just fine. I have learned so much from this site and the people on it - - those who are already amazing success stories, those who are well on their way. I am not about to fall for a diet, and I'm never going to be Jessica Alba or Heidi Klum (both great beauties, in my opinion). I'm just a little bit angry these days because I still see newbies posting here with crazy ideas about fasting or starving themselves.
I'm angry that this is going so darn slow too, to be perfectly honest. But I'm NOT giving up. Sparkers are smarter than most of the media would like us to be, and we just have to keep at it. Ultimately, the skinny spokespeople will come and go like they always have - - tales of glory, tales of relapse. If we just hang in there, doing things the right way, we can ignore the manufactured success stories and find our own brilliant, fit beauty.