I don’t buy it….. and neither should you!

An Expensive Zero-Sum Game

The modern fitness industry has captured nearly one-trillion dollars.  To demonstrate the magnitude of that, it has been calculated and even famously quoted by Ronald Reagan that a stack of $1,000 bills, laid one on top of another, would rise to a vertical height of over 63 miles – that would be one-trillion dollars.  That is nothing in comparison to the stack of empty promises which have been laid down, one on top of another, by the marketeers of useless weight loss supplements and fitness devices over the past 40 years.

Miles and miles of money into the pockets of thieves...

To stack all the claims of easy weight loss, one on top of another, would be to create a tower of lies rising to a height beyond the trillion dollars which has fed the pockets of these corporate criminals.  To similarly measure the lack of results provided by these supplements and devices, would be to construct a tower of disappointments which would extend well into the cold empty universe, where there would be nobody around to acknowledge the promises left unfulfilled. Had PT Barnum lived in the modern era, he would certainly have been in the fitness or supplement industry.

My cynicism aside, you can be assured that when a legitimate weight loss supplement (drug) becomes available – one which is proven to work, and with few or no side effects, it will be a larger story than the kidnapping of the Lindberg baby and the moon landing combined. On the day – that very day when CNN, Fox News, and NPR all lead off with the announcement of a scientifically conceived and federally approved weight-loss drug that really works, then and only then should we stop, listen, and take an optimistic note.

If it were only this easy. Buyers beware....

For all their arrogance and frenzy, the American media works well when it comes to getting the word out, be it a space shuttle crash, a Mid-East invasion, or the sudden plummeting of the Dow, and I suspect the sharing of a true weight-loss product would also get that kind of coverage. Until that day arrives though, when those media messengers provide us with that media message, just assume that all other promises of weight loss, any claims of getting ripped, or any assurances of losing belly fat, for the act of just taking a pill or stirring in a powder, are false promises made by greedy people willing to sell us disappointment in exchange for our hopes and our dollars – Jillian Michaels included.

Until you read it here, DON'T BUY IT!!!

My Own Belief

Given a choice, everybody – EVERYBODY would want a lean, well shaped, and well functioning body. Given another choice, nobody – NOBODY would choose to be overweight, lesser functioning, and aesthetically unpleasing. Considering the volume of who EVERYBODY and NOBODY includes, when that true weight loss product is conceived, tested, and approved for sale, traffic will stop, news anchors will chime, infomercial hosts will turn to smoke, and Warren Buffet and Bill Gates will take their places as the 2nd and 3rd richest men on Earth.  Surely this product won’t be cheap, but it will be known and sought by everyone, instantaneously. Beyond that, and hopefully within a couple of years of its would-be release, there will be a notable decrease in the rates of obesity, diabetes, related illnesses, and the havoc they reek on our social structure.  Oh, and we’ll all finally be collectively hot as a nation.

As a nation, this is what we should aspire to be...

Just like the collapsing economy, we all heard obesity knocking on the American door 40 years ago, and we let it in anyway – despite its known intent.  We simply wanted with calories and laziness, as we have wanted with easy credit and low interest rates, and subsequently the economy of our bodies is on the brink of collapse. It seems that we are too far gone to turn the tide ourselves, and by natural means, thus we look to science and technology for help. 

As a nation, this is what we tend to be..

Where I was once opposed to a quick-fix obesity drug, I am now praying for one.  I see a significant devolutionary utility in the discovery of a legitimate weight loss drug. Think of it as an oral stimulus package for our national healthcare system and our collective waistline.   Until it happens though, until the man in the white lab coat screams “Eureka” from within a room full of brilliance and beakers, anything less than a product which is the lead story on the evening news, is just the sum of good marketing, excellent double talk, and greed – all cast out in a net to catch the millions of fish swimming lost in the sea of guilt, and willing to spend a trillion dollars on a cure which will not work.

Race for the prize -- let's hope this guy finds the fix...

In the mean time, those who do wish to lose weight, be it 5 pounds or 500, that weight-loss will need to be earned away by making hard choices at the dinner table, in the break room at work, and at the grocery store – and all reinforced with a dash of reasonable and regular exercise. Be well. rc

Until that day comes, we'll have to depend on these pills...

11 responses

  1. You are right that the person who develops a true weight loss “fix” would be instantly rich. I wonder if it will ever happen. . .

    In the meantime though, taking control of our eating choices and working out, will get the job done without chemicals. Great post!

  2. When Nancy Reagan first said,”Just say no” to drugs, I thought it was pretty silly! With a little more maturity, I understand that I was silly 🙂 It wasn’t a way, but it was the way. I doubt that there will ever be a successful weight loss drug that will not have a cure that is worse than the disease.

    And if by chance I am that lab rat who is the star of that drug discovery, leave the wheel in the cage, please..

    Great post Roy!!

  3. Diane, thanks for stopping in: Yes, control in behavior; eat, exercise, practice moderation. Understanding the limits of excess, is the primary key to success — or so momma said.

    Karen, thank you as well: In truth, I hate the idea of a true weightloss drug or supplement, and have long been opposed to the idea. I think this though, that it’s getting worse, not better. Collectively the nation does not have the courage to make hard eating choices and thus, the waistlines grow. I don’t see us changing, so perhaps chemistry can change us.

    Dr. J: Perhaps there may not be that drug — maybe there will be. Some drugs offer great utility, very few though. Perhaps if it ever is conceived, it would be one of the good ones. As for me, I’m crazy like you — Love to run, love to eat green things. Go figure.

  4. Roy you are right. THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL. I have taken phentermine by a weight loss doctor as where as I did lose at first, it all came back on and then some, just like it did when I tried any other fad diet or weight loss gimmick.

    Hard work. Persistence. Knowelege.

    Those are the things helping me this time around and I have no doubt I’ll be victorious in getting it off and keeping it off. 🙂

  5. As usual, a great post by you Roy! There is no quick fix that lasts long term, no magic pill, no easy way for those that still hope for this.

    It takes hard work, consistency, patience, a lifestyle change. You do have to work at it whether you want to hear that or not.. even the weight loss surgery people are going to have to work at it at some point (along with all the other crap they have to put up with from the surgery), no there is no quick fix.

    Thx Roy!

  6. AFG: “Hard work. Persistence. Knowledge.” Love that!!! You are already victorious. Now your job is to become even more victorious.

    Jody: No, there is no quick fix. I am afraid though, that we need one. I am no longer optimistic about the nation waking up and doing it the right way — but still, I hope. BROCCOLI POWER!!

  7. Karen – anyone who has had weight loss surgery will tell you it is not the easy way out, especially with the LAP-BAND surgery. Those people have a whole lot of diet rules to follow, lifestyle changes to make, and they must excercise to get the best results. The band isn’t a quick-fix or a miracle pill. It’s a tool that can help people fight the hunger side of the weight-loss battle.

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  9. Bill, you are absolutely correct, it shows that you’re an authority on the subject. I admire someone that takes the pride you have and with your projecton of information. oSo when i actually do sit down to read material, I appreciate well written and organized blogs like this one. I have it bookmarked and will be back. Thanks.

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