The ugly truth about weight loss

This isn’t exactly something I lose sleep over, but I can’t help thinking about it from time to time.

What is it, you ask?

Well, weight loss is a billion-dollar industry. You have Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, L.A. Weight Loss … and probably dozens more. In the fitness arena, there’s Curves, Bally’s, 24-Hour Fitness, Crunch, Anytime Fitness and countless other gyms.

Don’t forget the thousands of books and magazines dedicates to helping us be our best — read fit, healthy and happy — selves.

So how many of these programs, gyms and magazines set us up to fail. After all, if everyone followed their advice and lost the weight and got fit, there’d be no reason for us to keep going back to them, would there?

Maybe that’s why they continue to tout a low-fat, high-carb eating plan that just isn’t sustainable for many of us. The weight-loss giants want us to keep failing so they can stay in business.

OK, probably not. It’s more likely they all have the best of intentions and truly believe in what they sell.

But the idea is intriguing, you have to admit.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who wonders about this.


4 responses to “The ugly truth about weight loss

  1. Hi Arlene: That’s an interesting hypothesis. I have assumed all along that it is ignorance that keeps the docs and nutritionists and weight loss “experts” pushing the low fat diets. After all, despite the latest science that shows sugar and other processed carbs are the real evils, the wheels of change grind slowly. Everyone would have to admit they were wrong. No one likes to do that. I do take heart though in seeing more and more diets and health sites going with the lower carb approach. We will get there eventually. In the meantime I hope you are mistaken about folks being intentionally steered away from the truth. Blog on!

    • Most of the time, I don’t think it’s intentional. But there’s enough skeptic in me that once in a while I start to wonder.

      You might be dead-on with your “no one likes to admit they’re wrong” theory, though. That is definitely true.

  2. I agree with Nola – I think they just don’t want to admit they are wrong. I also think they want to make money pushing their processed “diet” foods which are definitely NOT good for you, regardless of whether they are low carb or not!

  3. Loved seeing you write this because it underscores the thoughts I’ve had so many times. I totally agree with your theory and think it especially applies to any commercial plan that touts memberships or strongly encourages you to buy their “products” all of which are highly processed, yada, yada, yada. Perhaps there is good bones to the plans, but there’s always some element that will keep you coming back and keep you giving them money.

    Much the same theory could be applied to the financial planning industry, both in person and online. They may be helpful in keeping on on track for financial goals, but they’ll always do it in a way which keeps you coming back and keeps them receiving commissions.

    Just MHO……………………

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