Can we STOP the weight loss gimmicks please?

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I don’t watch TV often (we only have streaming services like Netflix and Hulu) so I don’t have to endure many commercials, thank goodness. But Hulu is the MASTER of terrible commercials. Antidepressants, flu vaccines, and today they had an ad for a nasty diet beverage. Now, I won’t name the company or the product, but I’m sure it isn’t hard to take a guess on what sort of diet junk was advertised.

HAVE WE NOT LEARNED THAT THESE GIMMICKS DO NOT WORK LONG TERM?

Calorie counting, portion control, only buying low fat items- how long does it take someone to realize that this is NOT how life should be? Yes, you might drop 30 pounds in a month when you first cut your calories to 1200 a day. But after that? Your body does not thrive!  When you cut out the fat and the carbs, what are you left with in these pre-packaged meals and drinks? SUGAR. And not even real sugar- it’s usually corn syrup OR worse, an artificial sweetener.

I fell for the calorie counting and extreme exercising lies- and while yes, I lost a lot of weight I also started feeling more and more fatigued as time went on because I was STARVING of real nutrition.  Carbs, fats, proteins and sugars all have purpose and we should BALANCE them, not completely eliminate a whole group.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients of this magical diet drink that was advertised today:

WATER, CALCIUM CASEINATE, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), MALTODEXTRIN, CELLULOSE GEL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, GLYCERIN, POTASSIUM CITRATE, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, SUCRALOSE, CARRAGEENAN, SODIUM CITRATE, CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ASCORBATE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, VITAMIN E ACETATE, ZINC GLUCONATE, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE, NIACINAMIDE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, CHROMIUM CHLORIDE, FOLIC ACID, BIOTIN, SODIUM MOLYBDATE, POTASSIUM IODIDE, PHYLLOQUINONE, SODIUM SELENITE, CYANOCOBALAMIN, CHOLECALCIFEROL. SWEETENED WITH NON-NUTRITIVE SWEETENER. CONTAINS MILK AND SOY. LACTOSE FREE AND GLUTEN FREE

YUM! Sounds delicious. Artificial sweeteners, GMO canola oil, preservatives, carcinogenic caramel color, SOY, and a boat load of synthetic vitamins and minerals, some of which are carcinogenic or proven to be detrimental to your health.  This “drink” is NOT food, it is NOT nourishing, and I doubt it even tastes good ( I used to drink things like this, and I gagged just at the memory!)

So please- if you are still falling for these terrible lies or you know someone that is doing these “programs” just STOP. Look for real, wholesome foods.  Eat a balanced diet full of delicious (and mostly organic or grass fed) things like butter, beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, herbal infusions, dairy, fermented foods, and more.

Eat when you are hungry and fill up on substantial, nutrient dense items.  It is about the QUALITY of our food, not so much the QUANITY like these companies would have you believe. When you cut calories, you cut out nutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, and more.  You cannot replace these priceless nutrients with a nasty, factory made drink.

Read my top tips for SUSTAINABLE weight loss here!

Stay Sassy!

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