When it comes to top stories that call for serious eye-rolling, celeb diet schemes land at the top of the heap. There's nothing like being told Kim Kardashian lost 10 pounds in 10 days by eating next to nothing and running like a mad woman, or Kirstie Alley dropped several sizes by doing her Scientology fundraiser trademarked diet plan. We're supposed to buy (literally) these sketchy claims? Give me a break!
Sadly enough, some women have bought Kirstie's assertion that she dropped 100 pounds using her proprietary Organic Liaison weight loss supplements. And one dieter, Marina Abramyan, is now suing the formerly "Fat Actress" in a class-action suit to prove that Kirstie and the supplement maker have engaged in "nothing more than a healthy deception," and Kirstie really lost the weight through her above-average exercise regimen and eating "an extremely low-calorie diet." You don't say!
Furthermore, the plaintiff contends, there are "no well-controlled, well-conducted studies" regarding the effectiveness of Organic Liaison or whether or not they're any better than "standard dietary supplements incapable of causing weight loss." As the lawsuit puts it, OL is charging a premium for nothing more than "run-of-the-mill fiber and calcium supplements," according to E! News.
Well, it was only a matter of time before someone blew the whistle on Kirstie. I remember when the Organic Liaison program came out, I was intrigued by the name (and of course the celeb plug) and checked out the ingredients. There was nothing particularly bad in the product, but also likely nothing that you couldn't get out of a balanced, healthy diet. Plus, the plan itself simply promotes some of the basic tenants of healthy weight loss -- like tracking your food and getting in physical activity and enough sleep. But it definitely seems like selling it as a superior magic bullet -- or like the thing that transformed Kirstie (even in addition to an active lifestyle) -- is misleading.
At the same time, aren't most -- if not all -- similar products a scam? Why does anyone think a shake or pill or even a pharmaceutical drug is going to obliterate their weight problem in the blink of an eye? There is no magic bullet! Of course we want to believe it's true, because we're so brainwashed into thinking speedy, effective, lasting weight loss is possible if we just find that one thing. But ultimately, the only one thing that really works is eating right and moving your body. The sooner we learn that and stop buying into Hollywood-endorsed weight loss products and plans, the better off we'll be.
Do you think Kirstie and stars like her deserve to have the whistle blown on them for selling or promoting "magic bullet"-type diets?