If I had to take a guess, I'd bet we're subjected to some kind of insane diet marketing at least twice an hour. Probably even more frequently sometimes, depending just how much TV/web you're consuming. From seasoning you shake on everything you eat to detoxes that forbid anything you "chew" for several days straight to exercise DVDs, we're constantly told doing "this magic bullet" is going to make us thinner and happier.
Some products are total BS, others (like legit workout or healthy eating plans) have merit, but I've never in a million years heard anything as insane as some of the most recent advice to hit headlines: Have an affair to lose weight. They've GOT to be kidding us?!?
Oh, but no, they're not. They being the U.K.-based cheating website, UndercoverLover.com (uh huh ...) that is doling out this brilliant recommendation. They conducted a survey of 3,000 of their lyin', cheatin' members and asked how much weight, if any, they had lost since they began having an affair. Apparently, 62 percent of the women who responded said they had dropped an average of 10 pounds.
The site's spokesperson happily explained their finding in a press release:
It’s well known that we eat more, and less healthily, when we’re unhappy. Many UndercoverLovers.com members have endured years, and in some cases decades, of marital unhappiness before embarking on their affair. The instant joy and boost to self-esteem that many experience by having a new lover and the desire to look their best for them, can provide the perfect incentive to lose weight.
Guh, give me a break! I understand there are some situations where it is simply impossible to end your marriage before you begin another relationship -- whether it's strictly sexual or romantic, as well. But that "self-esteem"-boosting benefit UndercoverLover.com is describing can only fully be enjoyed when you're not stepping out behind your spouse's back!
As psychologist and HuffPost Divorce blogger, Dr. Jeff Gardere, notes, cheating, sneaking around, lying, etc. can cause guilt and massive stress -- which can lead to illness and, yes, even weight gain. Not to mention that if you get caught or confess and find yourself facing separation and/or divorce? Yeah, like that's going to be good news for your overall health! Puhleees!
Plus, all of the positives UndercoverLover.com notes are temporary. What happens when the affair falls apart? Won't the pounds pile back on, too? And -- depending on how depressed you are and how you handle depression -- you may even risk gaining extra weight.
It's not rocket science: A lover on the side is no "weight loss plan." On the other hand, being confident and happy and fulfilled in your relationships -- in a non-adulterous way! -- will obviously support physical, not to mention emotional and mental, well-being.
What do you think about this survey? What's the craziest thing you've ever heard helps women lose weight?