Everyday we hear about the latest and greatest celebrity weight-loss technique or product that is surely going to change your life. I agree it will change your life in two ways:
2) At worst, make you sicker than a dog; at best, fatter than when you started.
The Primal Power Method has some tried and true advice when it comes to celebrities and using their hyped-up weight-loss products. Don’t! …Well, unless you really enjoy making them richer and yourself poorer. Yes, this includes all those supposed experts like Dr. Oz, Oprah and Jillian Michaels. It doesn’t matter what letters are after their name. The fact is – if they make their money on TV, don’t get weight-loss advice from them. If they were truly experts in health and wellness, guess what? They would be working in the health and wellness industry and not on TV land.
One of my all time favorite celebrity weight-loss hyped products is Nutrisystem. I know a little bit about Nutrisystem, because by now you should know I’m quite the risk taking, human guinea pig, in order to save you some pain. I have tried various diets and weight-loss products over the years, primarily so I can talk intelligently about them to my clients and people who follow my Primal philosophy.
About 6 or 7 years ago when Nutrisystem was all the rage and their stock was in the stratosphere, I decide to order me up a box of some dehydrated hockey puck hamburger patties and canned mystery items. Now the first hint this was a bad idea was when a month’s worth of food arrives in a box left in the sun on your front doorstep. I’m pretty sure my Primal ancestors wouldn’t have access to such prepackaged meals dropping out of the sky in front of their cave. If they did they would surely not eat it, but probably use the hockey puck hamburgers as fuel for their fires and the cans to throw at real food that they wanted to eat.
Once I opened this treasure trove of prepackaged magic fat burning items, I knew things were not going to go well. There wasn’t one item in that box that resembled anything even close to real food. After reading a couple of ingredient labels, I knew my health was definitely at risk from the multitude of chemicals that I couldn’t pronounce. What was the main preservative for this fake food? Processed salt, which causes hypertension, diabetes, gout and obesity…Perfect how did they know that is exactly what I was looking for! Considering this was just one of the many deleterious chemicals in this food I was going to have a good time.
Take that Super Size Me, McDonalds is for wimps you want to really ruin your health step up to Nutrisystem!
Being the true risk taker I decided to go for that dehydrated mystery meat patty first. I was pretty sure it was primarily made of saw dust. After I ate it I was positive saw dust was at least an ingredient. Funny thing – it took me just as long to prepare that non-food item as it would have taken for me to prepare a nutritious grass fed, free range, happy cow burger. Well I digress, I then moved on to the “pasta” meal contained in the peel-the-top, non-lined can variety. Hey, if you can’t get enough toxins in the food, might as well add a little more by using a leaching metal substance from the container, it just keeps getting better.
I will not gross you out with the many digestive issues that ensued, but I will tell you it was not pleasant for me or anyone within a 50 yard radius of me. So what happens when a fairly healthy individual embarks on a Nutrisystem adventure? After two weeks I felt like utter hell and looked it, gained 7 pounds (mostly water from all the processed salt and extra refined carbs), definitely had symptoms of hypertension, had dizzy spells, constant stomach aches, gas, bloating and headaches.
I consider myself a fairly tough guy, but I could only take two weeks of this misery before I called it quits. It took about a month for my system to recover from this experiment. As I always say in the realm of health “if celebrities are promoting it, I can guarantee it’s probably junk.”
Just as a side note, have you ever noticed the celebrities who endorse and use Nutrisystem magically end up disappearing for a while, then reappear fatter than ever, disappear again and magically come back skinny. Hmmm sounds like someone is purposely fattening themselves up for better results, wow we have never seen that technique used before in weight-loss industry (insert sarcasm here).
With that being said you can safely assume I’m no fan of pre-packaged meal plans. I have seen time and time again when someone successfully loses weight eating these meals (which is rare), once they stop they instantly gain weight and end up weighing more than when they started. Plain and simple, they are not providing you with better food, but just making you eat less calories, usually far less calories then you did before. As you Primal Power Method followers already know, it’s not the amount of calories you eat, but the quality of calories you eat that counts.
I hope this saves some of you who are thinking about trying such a plan from some pain, wasted money and time. There is no shortcut or magic pill when it come to weight-loss and health, just real healthy food mixed with some exercise and that is why I created the Primal Power Method.
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