I have been seeing an incredible number of ads lately trying to sell me 'free' weight loss or 'muscle gain' pills. All kinds of sites I regularly frequent have ads linking to the following sort of page: http://www.myrippedinfo.com/?sub=ca_160_01
So here is the question: Why do people fall for this kind of stuff? Everyone knows how to be thin or get really cut but we don't generally make the choice to all be beautiful people. Before you argue with me about that, just ask yourself what would happen if you took all the junk food in your diet and replaced it wholesale with broccoli, spinach and brussel sprouts, then spent 1 hour a day every day doing a really hardcore cardio and weights workout. Obviously even someone with a really slow natural metabolism is going to drop a ton of weight and put on a lot of muscle doing this and it isn't any kind of secret. Everyone (nearly so anyway) knows that the 'formula' I just listed will get them thin and fit, but there are obviously huge numbers of people out there pouring money into scams like the website I listed nonetheless.
I am not saying that everyone can have a supermodel body easily, on the contrary it is quite hard. It requires discipline and a ton of work. I should get a lot more exercise than I do and could easily be more fit, though my diet is really quite good. What I suggest though is that nearly anyone *can* do it if they really want to, it is a matter of priorities. In this way I think it is similar to my financial situation in that a lot of people like to talk about it like it is impossible when in fact it is just challenging. In this case though I have decided to have the discipline to live on very little money I don't seem to have the drive to get really fit and cut.
So when people look around at their lives and decide that they aren't willing to cut out junk food and aren't willing to exercise really hard every day they are deciding that they would rather maintain the bodies they have and the lifestyle they have. This isn't a wrong choice, but it is a choice a lot of us make and we should recognize it as one. Once a person has made that determination though they have the choice to either accept the consequences of their lifestyle decisions or hope for a miracle. Of course in this case the 'miracle diet' on the cover of Woman's World (funny how they have a new miracle diet every single issue... you would think some of their readers would be getting thin by now what with all the miracles) is the miracle we are referring to, rather than some kind of divine intervention.
So week after week, month after month people buy these magazines for their miracle weight cures, use internet sites to buy harmful pills to purge themselves and any other number of desperate gambles. There simply isn't enough money in these schemes to keep them rolling if people aren't buying in over and over so clearly many people go for sucker scheme after sucker scheme trying to get their perfect body the easy way. After the first 4 'get fit quick' schemes horribly fail you might think that the average customer would end up getting smart and stop buying this crap, but that doesn't seem to happen.
My theory is that people need some ray of hope, some reason to believe their situation can be changed. Perhaps it is that they accept that they won't ever change their lifestyle in the ways they would need to but still find solace in the idea that things will change and that the improvement they desperately seek is just around the corner and all that is necessary is for them to find it. It might even be that people don't accept that others have the discipline to get really fit and that there in fact *must* be a secret out there because clearly there are beautiful people who have taken advantage of it.
I don't begrudge people their lifestyle choices most of the time. If someone wants to eat terribly and not exercise and is okay with that choice and the inevitable results then fair enough. I would hope for their sake that they exercise moderation and find some healthy path, but it isn't a big deal. Far more frustrating are people who refuse to take that final step and accept responsibility for their actions and the obvious, logical results. This is particularly true when they continue to throw themselves after mirages in the desert chasing a secret cure that clearly doesn't exist. If an easy way to a beautiful body did exist we would all be using it already.
The path to beauty is there and we all know it. Don't eat crap, do eat green vegetables, exercise a lot. Do, or do not, but don't complain that it is impossible and please, please stop giving these scoundrels on the internet your money.