Friday, May 15, 2009

Free for Everyone!

I was recently approached through this blog to try a weight loss "product" (one that's available through one of those sort of spammy looking websites, you know the ones I'm talking about) and then heavily advertise it on my blog. The approach started out by saying that I had good weight loss information on my blog, it was very polite though very money-centric.

I'm sure I wasn't the only blog approached and this person obviously did *not* read all the information presented in my blog. Had they actually done so, they would have realized that I truly believe with all my heart and mind that there is no magic pill, potion, tape or whatever for weight loss. Weight loss can only be achieved by putting your health first. By being very conscious of what you put into your mouth (avoid processed junk and fast food and enjoy moderate amounts of lean protein, low fat dairy, whole grains, lots of fresh fruit/veg and fiber, lots of water), getting some daily physical activity and getting plenty of rest. This is the only magic bullet there is.

While there are some useful tools out there like food scales, treadmills and books, I loathe the diet industry. They prey on the obese who are so fed up with being fat and feeling like shit that they will pour out billions of dollars to find an easy way out. If I had all the money I've spent over the years on doctors, pills, potions, tapes, shakes, weight-loss centers put away in a bank, I'd be loaded. If any of them had worked, I'd be thin and healthy. Sensible health and nutrition information should be free for everyone. Want to read the latest "diet" book? Go to your local library and take it out. Read it and if it's a plan that you can make work for the rest of your life, then buy a copy.

I know there are people who actually make an income off of blogging, but I'm not here for the money. I decided early on that I didn't want my blog cluttered with cheap looking ads, I don't like seeing them when I'm surfing. This blog has been a wonderful tool for me to help take back my health and if I can help just one person along the way, that's payment enough.

2 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm not sure how I happened on your blog, but I did. Your right, there are no magic pills or prescriptions. Congrats on your success so far, it sounds like you have a really healthy, reasonable plan for yourself.

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  2. I've had the same experience ... I was contacted to try a product and then advertise it on my blog as well. It's so sad that they just don't *get* it because all they are doing is keeping people struggling with their weight. I have found no diet product/system to work at getting off the weight and keeping it off.

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