If I could instantly ban anyone from the forums it would be people who come to MyFitnessPal and try to sell things (this is why I am not a moderator). I get irrationally upset over people who try to sell weight loss/fitness products and services. Why is that?
I think the main reason for this is that I remember my first attempts at weight loss. A friend started taking these pills that she swore killed her appetite. I HAD to have those. How much I lost is irrelevant because I gained it back plus more. Then I heard about these other pills that burned fat and toned your muscles (I laugh at my stupidity now). Once again any weight that I lost was temporary. To be completely honest, even though the various pills I took helped slightly they made me feel horrible and one of them landed me in the hospital.
I couldn't even begin to put an ultimate price tag on all the weight loss products I tried. Pills, creams, belts, wraps, shakes and detoxes. You name it and I've probably tried it. I'm not going to sit here and say that they didn't work because some of them did. The problem is that the few that did work didn't teach me how to live without them.
Coming back to my point now.
I hate salemen on MFP because they prey on people looking for an easy way to lose weight. Yes, that is a bit dramatic. Some of the people who come here are vulnerable and others are on the verge of deciding that they absolutely cannot achieve weight loss. When a saleman posts that they have this shake/pill/wrap that is guaranteed to help someone lose weight that is the golden ticket they are looking for.
Instead of worrying about what they can or can't eat they now have an easy to make shake that just does it for them. No need to learn about calories or macronutrients or wonder if they are allowed to have a piece of candy. This wonderful shake will take all the work out of the calories in part of the equation.
Sometimes they actually do work!
The problem comes when the shakes become boring or the taste becomes unbearable or they just want to start eating real food again. If they haven't learned about calories during this time they're going to struggle. It could come to the point where they think the only way to keep the weight off is to continue using the shakes forever, when in reality they could have been learning all along healthy habits they can maintain forever.
TL;DR? Why do I care?
1. Someone is making money off another person who is in a vulnerable state.
2. The products are entirely unneccessary. You can lose weight without the weight loss industry.
3. I personally think that if it is something you can't see yourself doing forever it is a waste of money/time.
Posted on 9/25/2014 by usmcmp