I’m sorry to break it to you, Folks. Fitness in a bottle does not exist. Fitness comes from working out. Proper nutrition supports that.
I’m not sure what’s going on right now – if it’s the economy or just a trend – but a bunch of nutrition and fitness people have started selling a variety of different weight loss beverages. And it pisses me off.
Personal trainers and nutritionists should have enough knowledge to realize that they’re selling snake oil here.
Sure, nutrition-in-a-can will help people lose weight in the short term. But what are we teaching our clients in terms of how to eat right? What are we teaching about portions? What are we teaching about self discipline? What are we teaching about shopping for nutritious groceries and eating real food?
These shake programs are just telling people how to open a pre-made beverage and drink it on a schedule. Nothing learned for the long term. And the nutrition in those bottles is likely sub-par, no matter what the marketing paraphernalia says!
When I do nutrition talks, I tell people to eat real food – stuff that doesn’t come in a package, a can, or a bottle. If it comes with a nutrition label, it might not be real food. If it’s got more than 4-5 ingredients, it’s probably not real food. If the label says “fortified”, they took out all the nutrition and replaced it with sub-par substitutes. Real food does not last forever. And that’s what makes it so nutritious.
So to all of you who have considered purchasing any of these shake programs, please rethink it. It’s not real food. You will learn nothing. You may lose a few pounds, but some of that will be “wallet weight”. You can achieve the same weight loss by reducing your overall calories, reducing your sugar intake, and even doing some occasional fasting. All that is much less expensive, and will teach you nutrition information that will last you a lifetime.
And to all of you selling this crap – please stop. Please, please stop. If you are doing it for the money, there are other network marketing businesses that sell good, quality products that can improve people’s lives. If you’re doing it for some other reason, please take a moment to re-evaluate it. Do you really want to be selling people a crappy shortcut to short-term weight loss?
How about YOU? Yes, you – the person reading this. Have you tried any of these weight loss shake programs? How’s it working out for you? Please let me know in the comments below.