I was checking my Hotmail earlier today and I looked at the top of the screen at the ad that was there.
This is what I saw:
“Results not typical” it says.
Well, isn’t it convenient that Marie’s results just happened to come out the way they hoped they would. Because I’m certain that they put her through the same paces that Betty Lou Boyd in Boise goes through as she attempts to do this program all on her own. I’m certain that Marie Osmond didn’t have any special guidance or assistance of any kind while she was on the program. And I’m sure the photo used for this ad wasn’t doctored in any way shape or form.
Obviously, certain people are born to be stars, and if you can’t identify them any other way, just get ‘em fat and then put ‘em on a commercial weight loss program and see how they do. If their results are “not typical” then sure enough they were born to be a star.
I know I’m cynical, but come on! Marie didn’t lose 40 pounds all by her lonesome, simply by following the NutriSystem program without any guidance or extra hand holding. She probably had (or has) a personal trainer to put her through the paces on the exercise side of things. And by it’s very nature, she didn’t learn anything from NutriSystem while in the process. Sure she got her food preordained, possibly even blessed by Joseph Smith himself. And yes, she probably took note of the fact that the portion sizes were smaller than what she was accustomed too. She might even have noticed that exercise (if she didn’t get it already) helped speed things along. But did anyone actually teach her how to keep the momentum going after she got off the preordained, prepackaged, presumably preservative laden meals? Was there any emphasis on why these items were better and how she could stick to it after she was finished?
The reason why the vast majority of weight loss programs ultimately fail (Kirsty Alley) is because people deprive themselves of their favorite items, their comfort foods, having been told “Starch bad – protein good.” But nobody taught them what that means or how they can incorporate both into their lives and live a healthy life style. So they follow the “simple” plan that the weight loss guru du jour laid out for them and one of two things happen. Either they burn out early and give up before reaching their goal (that’s me) or they reach their goal maintain it for a little while and then slowly start creeping back up to their original weight (anyone seen Oprah lately? God love her!)
Just once, I’d like to see an ad like the one above where the person is still puffy, but not as big as the used to be and the ad says, “I’ve lost 20 pounds of the 60 I’m shooting for and it’s only taken me 4 months to do it! This program is slow as hell and it drives me crazy but I’m learning and it’s getting easier…. Results completely typical”
Is that really so much to ask?