WeightWatchers were happy to pay Fergie (the ex royal not the one from the black eyed peas) and she was happy to take the money. Did it help her long term and did it help WeightWatchers profits? I think it may of helped push the brand in America but I've not really seen any evidence that Fergie has beaten her battle with the bulge.
Celebrity endorsements are rife in the diet business and its often used as evidence that certain products are safe, reliable and not a scam.
Christiano Ronaldo is often touted by Herbalife drones as a reason why it's a supposedly good product. Bob the Herbalife drone who appeared at my house trying to push his products on me often referred to the fact that Ronaldo was a user, and alleged that Rafa Nadal used it prior to Wimbledon 2013 (despite the fact that Nadal crashed out of the tournament).
Now why would Fergie and Ronaldo endorse such diet products? If a company offered you a million or two of cold hard cash who wouldn't smile and suck it up? Yep that's right, not many of us wouldn't sell our souls to the devil and take the cash. Does that mean you should buy the products and pay of Fergies debts and fund Ronaldo's swimming trunks and man bag collection?
I am currently looking for participants who would be willing to take part in my University dissertation project, which is going to look at the relationships between different calorie targets, reasons for dieting, calorie intake, weight loss, health beliefs and adherence to diet. More information will be sent to you if you express an interest in being a participant but the study will essentially involve completing a few short questionnaires and recording your diet on myfitnesspal.com (following your own self-determined diet).
If you are interested in taking part in this study it would be greatly appreciated. If so, please contact me via email (B.Craig1@unimail.derby.ac.uk
) and I will send you more information, which you can review before deciding whether you wish to continue any further.
Is it time to start giving health advice in the style of Bane? Do people need a more aggressive push to make better changes? Pass me the mask...
I've tackled diet shakes before
but a new product is finally here.
For too long I’ve mocked the diet shake drink business, I’ve claimed its a multi-level marketing sham. I’ve pointed out irregularities in the product descriptions and marketing propaganda. I’ve asked why anyone would believe that a quick fix is available, I’ve debated with many a distributor who naturally wanted to defend their business, and above all why anyone would starve themselves initially and fail to see that any weight/water loss wasn’t down to simply avoiding food and potentially causing metabolic damage, rather than a magic potion. Anyway, as the old saying goes, “if you can’t beat them, you might as well join them”. Introducing…. Forever Dead Products Here at Forever Dead Products (FDP) we own around 85ish% of the worlds toxic byproducts, which we market as natural. This makes us powerful and gives us an unrivalled edge in the front line of health and wellness... yeah you got that right, we are world leaders in selling crap to gullible people. We are a multi-billion dollar company that operates worldwide selling our crap to anyone desperate enough to try it. However, we don’t like paying to display our products in normal shops, so to increase our profit we help other people cling to the hope that our shit products work. Then we offer these gullible or cunning people part-time opportunities in which they can sell our crap for us. We often advertise in employment websites despite their being no actual job. The deal is you become self employed and order stock from us direct. So from a company perspective it doesn’t matter whether you succeed or not, but ideally we’d love you to succeed and sign up lots of other mugs to sell our crap. For those that are totally committed we have very serious full-time opportunities for the more management and destiny driven individuals. These positions allow you to hassle friends, family and anyone you come into contact with, into joining your team of other self employed suckers. Imagine the scenario, you sign up as a distributer for me, you then sign up 10 of your friends who each then sign up 10 of their friends and they sign up their friends. You get the picture, basically it makes me the guy sat at the top ******* rich. This isn’t gonna happen to you, your friends and family will begin ignoring you calls and avoiding you like the plague. So it’s gonna take some dedication, you’re gonna have to be super pushy and hope that people feel sorry for you. Another great tactic is hassling people on social networking sites. Hell, no matter how you do it, if you hassle enough people your bound to weed out the weak and vulnerable ones. This may not generate enough income to survive (or indeed enough to clear what you invested in our crap) but it all increases our profits and if you’re prepared to put in the hours you to can make some money eventually. Would you like to work from home in a self employed position that enables you to choose your own hours and income level? Would you like to cover your car in “work from home stickers” and set up special social media accounts with your name + our company name? Imagine it, you could be Aloe_Vera or FDP Fred. With that sort of kudos people will flock to your account and beg to buy our crap. Your new identity will make you the person everyone goes to for nutrition advice. I must point out though (I’m forced to now) that it is illegal for a promoter or participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme. Do not be misled that high earnings or even any earnings are achievable. I mean check out eBay and see the amount of products being sold of by failed distributors of other dodgy shakes. It may seem odd that I’ve not mentioned the products yet, but seriously it’s more important that we get you on board as a distributor. Wait, you have no training, knowledge or experience? That’s perfect, we prefer our FDP distributers to have no knowledge other than repeating what we tell you. Once you begin using the products you can tell people all about it, along with a few anecdotal stories of how successful others have been. Hell you can even name drop a few celebrities as long as you allege it. “Hey, my friend saw Oprah drinking our drinks” So, on to the products. Dirty 9
Get the power of aloe vera with added lemon fat burner that effectively cuts through grease from the inside out. The miracle that is aloe leaf contains tones of good stuff and despite their being shelves and shelves of different aloa vera products in your local drug store, I want you to rest assured, we locate the finest aloa on the planet. Taken daily, either alone if you don’t vomit or mixed with pure fruit juice, it’s one of the best nutritional supplements available, honest!!!
Description and Purpose of our wonderful Dirty 9 Programme
Dirty 9 enables you to become cleaner, “healthier” and delirious as you cleanse your body of unnatural chemicals. It’s truly the fastest way to get the disordered eating that is all the rage. It has been said that attempting to detox your body of toxic materials using a product that contains toxic ingredients is a little odd. But here at FDP we simply ignore that criticism and state that
“as long as the toxins are in small amounts and only in our products then you needn’t worry.”
The 9-day cleanse will kick-start your weight loss plan almost instantly as you begin experiencing the gastrointestinal delights of Dirty 9. Cramps, sweating, and a sphincter that feels like its being shredded from the inside out. The explosions of toxic waste passing from your rear-end will help you shed the lbs and put you on track to regain your health. Once Dirty 9 has helped you shift some weight you’ll be ready to move to Forever Dead Lite, which is engineered to help you manage your weight for the rest of your life. Yes that’s right, you use this powder in place of food for the rest of your life.
Your Dirty 9 pack includes: Forever Dead Aloe Vera and Lemon Liquid
(3 x 1 litre bottles) Forever Dead Lite
( 1 x vile flavour) Forever Dead Garcinia Turbo Supplement
“Extracts of the exocarp of certain species – typically G. gummi-gutta
, but also purple mangosteen – are often contained in appetite suppressants
such as Hydroxycut
. But their effectiveness at normal consumption levels is unproven
, while at least one case of severe acidosis
caused by long-term consumption of such products has been documented. Furthermore, they may contain significant amounts of hydroxycitric acid, which is somewhat toxic and might even destroy the testicles after prolonged use
. [source: Wikipedia) Forever Dead Bee Pollen Supplement
refers to the flower pollen
that collects on the legs and bodies of worker bees. It can also include some nectar and bee saliva
. Pollens come from many plants, so the contents of bee pollen can vary significantly…
People take bee pollen for nutrition
; as an appetite stimulant
; to improve stamina and athletic performance; and for premature aging, premenstrual syndrome
(PMS), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), mouth sores, joint pain
(rheumatism), painful urination
conditions, and radiation sickness
It is also used for weight loss
, bleeding problems including coughing or vomiting blood
, bloody diarrhea
, brain hemorrhage
, and menstrual problems.
Bee pollen is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) problems including constipation
, diarrhea, enteritis, and colitis
. Some people use bee pollen as a general tonic, to increase urine flow, and for alcohol intoxication.
Bee pollen is used topically for skin
care in skin softening products, and for treating eczema
, pimples, and diaper rash
You may hear claims that bee pollen enzymes (chemical compounds that assist in chemical reactions) provide a variety of treatment benefits. However, any enzymes in bee pollen are likely to be digested in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. There is no reliable evidence indicating that bee pollen enzymes or other ingredients in bee pollen are effective as treatment.
How does it work? The enzymes in bee pollen are thought to act like medicines. However, these enzymes are broken down in the stomach, so it is unlikely that bee pollen has any effect.
” [source: WebMD] Drink Shaker
so you can mix our crap anywhere. Tape Measure
to measure how many inches of water you lose. How to do Dirty 9 Directions Day 1 - 2 Dirty Phase 1 Morning
– Forever Dead Garcinia Turbo Tablets, Forever Dead Aloe Vera and Lemon Liquid Snack
– Forever Dead Bee Pollen Tablets (yes that’s right, no food but we still call it a snack. Lunch
– Forever Dead Garcinia Turbo Tablets, Forever Dead Aloe Vera and Lemon Liquid, Nutritious Forever Dead Lite Shit Shake, Forever Dead Bee Pollen Tablet Dinner
– Forever Dead Garcinia Turbo Tablets, Forever Dead Aloe Vera and Lemon Liquid, Forever Dead Bee Polen Tablet Evening
– Forever Dead Aloe Vera and Lemon Liquid
Yes that’s right folks, no food for 2 days! It is essential that after day two you do multiple facebook status updates referring to your 5 lb weighloss. As and example; “whoop whoop, I’ve lost 5 lbs using forever dead dirty 9”
If anyone questions your weight loss, remember it is the products that made it possible, not the starvation/food avoidence. Also ignore comments suggesting this is water loss, we can’t prove otherwise but all our pamphlets say fat loss so it must be true…honest! Day 3-9 Dirty Phase 2 Morning
– Forever Dead Garcinia Turbo Tablets, Aloe Vera and Lemon Liquid, Nutritious Forever Dead Shit Shake Snack
– Forever Dead Bee Pollen Tablets Lunch
– Forever Dead Garcinia Turbo Tablets, Aloe Vera Liquid, Debatably “Nutritious” Forever Dead Lite Shake, Forever Dead Bee Pollen Tablet Dinner
– Forever Garcinia Turbo Tablets, Forever Dead Aloe Vera and Lemon Liquid, a 600 Calorie Meal, and another ******* Forever Dead Bee Pollen Tablet Evening
- Minimum 8 oz of Water (lucky you).
Anyway, to conclude I’d just like to say that I am in no way intimating that other similar diet/cleanse products don’t work or are a con, I mean I don’t wanna get sued so maybe their is a possibility you can lose
weight, get a clean colon and become the next Donald Trump. However, Forever Dead Dirty 9 is nutritionally approved by the nutritionist that designed it and by a Doctor who is also at the top of the multi-level marketing pyramid. He says its pretty damn good so why wouldn’t you trust him.
For those of you that feel these products just simply aren’t for you, try TurdaLife as I’m also an independent TurdaLife dealer.
I'm not a huge fan of soft (soda) drinks, but I know some of you enjoy them from time to time. And why shouldn't you, everything in moderation (my wife's saying). However, I hate high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and the main reason I tell people to avoid these drinks is due to the HFCS.
However, their is a growing trend towards people wanting real sugar just like we had when we were kids. Yep back in the olden days when kids were slimmer and food producers had to use expensive sugar.
So, I'm not suggesting you drink soft drinks, but if you do, or your kids do, maybe get them the best version you can. Same goes for sweet, if they want gummy bears, why not pass on the corn syrup and make them with proper sugar.
Well, not much to say about this article by Julian Morgans other than click the picture, read the article, and discuss.
Could you eat like a real paleolithic man? Or would you miss the paleo brownies and paleo beer?
Leave a comment either here or on facebook and let me know if it's something you'd consider.
This morning I got asked about Hay Fever. Most of you know it doesn’t take much for me to wander in to other topics but I promise their is a link between hay fever and adrenal stress. My initial struggle with exhaustion happened at the end of my career riding bikes in world championships. It was a frustrating and debilitating problem which nobody could diagnose correctly. I tried my GP for the traditional medical route and got worse with each visit. In the end I became a Personal Trainer and burned myself out completely. If you watch a lot of Gym staff you’ll notice they often seem a little hyper which is a sure sign of imminent burn out.
I’ve always been active and moderately healthy due to my sport. My years riding meant that a six pack was always on display (it was hot riding in spain ). On the inside however I was exhausted and really just depressed. I knew that if I stopped and the intense routine I'd struggle to ever get going again. I wasn’t sure what the cause was, but knew that it wasn’t normal to fall asleep at lunch. As I looked fit and healthy no doctor would me seriously when I mentioned how I felt, team coaches just put it down to my laid-back attitude.
If you have symptoms such as;
- Tendency to gain weight and unable to loose it, especially around the waist. (This is the most obvious sign for most people of excess cortisol)
- High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases and these symptoms tend to last longer than usual.
- Tendency to tremble when under pressure.
- Reduced sex drive.
- Lightheaded when rising from a laying down position.
- Unable to remember things.
- Lack of energy in the mornings and also in the afternoon between 3 to 5 pm.
- Feel better suddenly for a brief period after a meal.
- Often feel tired between 9 – 10 pm, but resist going to bed.
- Need coffee or stimulants to get going in the morning.
- Increased symptoms of PMS for women; periods are heavy and then stop, or almost stopped on the 4th day, only to start flow again on the 5th or 6th day.
- Pain in the upper back or neck with no apparent reasons .
- Feels better when stress is relieved, such as on a vacation.
- Difficulties in getting up in the morning
- Mild depression
- Food and or inhalant allergies (yes even hay fever)
- Lethargy and lack of energy
- Increased effort to perform daily tasks
- Decreased ability to handle stress
- Dry and thin skin
- Low Body Temperature
- Unexplained hair loss
- Alternating constipation and diarrhea
How does this link into hay fever? Well I can have months pass with little or no symptoms yet once I get stressed (increased work, too much social interaction, not enough food etc) I suddenly start suffering badly with hay fever. I always suffered badly at school but only around exam time.
So, if you're struggling with any of the above symptoms, especially allergies maybe it's time to reduce your stress and give your adrenals a break.
So you want to get fat? Huh? You don't? Well maybe just read the post anyway and see if it strikes any similarities with your current efforts to beat the bulge.
Metabolic damage is something that gets mentioned lot when people come to visit me. They've either come to a realisation that food isn't evil. Often they're freaked out a little when they realise they need to eat to repair, to re-feed their metabolism and indeed their whole body. They're even more freaked out (good job I like freaking people out) when I tell them this slowed metabolism is fantastic and an important bodily function! However,"we all make mistakes, and we all pay a price." So, the comes a time when we have to undo all the mistakes and that means re-feeding and then doing it properly.
In response to the calorie restriction and mountains of cardio, the body slows down. Your body recognises that you're treating it like a working animal on a farm and so down regulates all the hormones necessary to make you more efficient (some people call this fitter). Yep that's it folks, your limited intake or your exercise output is doing the opposite of what you wanted. I don't care if you meet the RDA for calorie intake, if you show symptoms of decreased metabolism then you're either moving too much or eating too little. I tend not to even ask people what they eat at first "I've found that when you want to know the truth about someone that someone is probably the last person you should ask," so I just test them and show them the data.
So, we've established that with calorie restriction (doesn't matter which way you do it, via exercise, diet or both) your metabolism begins to slow down using metabolic adaptation. The more you increase the milage or cut the calories the more the body will lower hormones to maintain your ability to continue living. Usually people view this life saving metabolic adaption as a plateau, a blip in their weight loss. So, they either up the exercise, drop the calories, limit the carbs or any number of these mind boggling choices. Again they continue headlong into oblivion and then it happens again!! Weight loss stalls, creeps back up or they are unable to beat the desire to binge and curse themselves for being so weak.
Now if you're an elite level athlete, or a celebrity maybe you can push the boundaries of metabolic adaption a little because this is what you do for a living. Do they have the same calorie requirements as you? Does Victoria Beckham really look after all those kids, hold down a day job and come home to the cleaning? Maybe, but I doubt it. What do you do in a day? Cook, clean, work, look after children, get stressed about all the above, curse yourself for not being skinny? Then what do you do next? You limit your diet, start pounding out the exercise.
"The treatments don't always work. Symptoms never lie."
Their can be no doubt that dieting and exercise can have an effect, for most though they ignore the symptoms that it is all going badly wrong. Do it at a level appropriate to your environment and don't even think of beginning if you show signs of a decreased metabolism. Above all though, remember that decreased metabolism is there because you put it there. It isn't a bad thing, it's just a reaction to the environment you created for yourself.
10 Bonus points to anyone who names the origin of the quotes :-)
Although hypothyroidism is associated with some weight gain, surveys of obese individuals show that less than 10% are hypothyroid. Discrepancies have been reported in some studies, but in untreated obesity, total and free T4, total and free T3, TSH levels, and the TSH response to TRH are normal. Some reports suggest an increase in total T3 and decrease in rT3 induced by overfeeding. Treatment of obesity with hypocaloric diets causes changes in thyroid function that resemble sick euthyroid syndrome. Changes consist of a decrease in total T4 and total and free T3 with a corresponding increase in rT3.