When are we going to learn?!
Are we gullible or just infinitely lazy?
We keep falling for it every time.
For almost 100 years now, it seems there is no gizmo, gadget, or get-skinny-quick gimmick we won’t try. Americans spend over $30 BILLION A YEAR on weight loss products! Every snake-oil salesman out there willing to put together a crappy infomercial to sucker us into giving them our hard earned money for the promise of getting that dream body we always wanted – here’s the kicker…. with little to no effort!
I have always wondered how the people selling these products could sleep at night, knowing full well that they are selling a lie. Unfortunately, as long as there are people willing to buy there will be people willing to take advantage.
When it comes to these gimmicks, remember –if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Once more, remind yourself – anything worth having, is worth working for. If having a 6 pack and 5% bodyfat was that easily achievable everyone would look like that. Remember, results take time…….I’m sorry, but there is no such thing as Abs in “8 Minutes”.
The “magic ingredients” in those “patented” fat burning products are usually found in the same store that sells the unicorns, leprechauns, and flying pigs.
Also, just because a celebrity is endorsing a product – don’t believe it. Do you honestly think multi-millionaires who have personal chefs and dine out at fancy restaurants are ripping open a cardboard box of frozen food and warming it up in a microwave for dinner?! Don’t fall for it!
Still not buying it?….. Below are some examples of how gullible Americans have been over the years. Some of these just keep getting recycled over and over once people forget; they re-introduce it all over again.
Don’t be fooled. A fit and healthy body is not easy, but it is worth it. The reward is worth the effort. There is no quick fix, no magic pill. Do not be penny wise and dollar foolish. Americans have spent billions on gimmicks for an easy way out.
You see all these examples. They have been used over and over again to take advantage of us. Don’t fall prey to these tricks. There is no substitute for hard work and consistency.
As long as Americans continue to look for an easier alternative to what really works to become fit and healthy, there will be an unethical opportunist to feed into your dreams, offer false promises and take advantage. Unfortunately, there is not an easier way. The best advice is to make fitness part of your lifestyle. Eat healthy everyday and strength train on a consistent basis. Training isn’t all “no pain, no gain” – it can be fun and productive at the same time.
If you added up all the money spent by the average consumer on gimmicks, gadgets, diet pills, and celebrity sponsored frozen meals – they would have been able to hire a personal trainer for over a year, not only getting the results they longed for but the education to keep those results and live a healthy lifestyle for years to come.
The only problem with that solution…… you can’t strap it to your waist while you lay on the couch.
By Paul Dexter