I hate weight-loss commercials. Sorry for being a Debbie Downer, but I despise them with every fiber of my being. Why? Because weight-loss commercials perpetuate the idea that losing weight is the magical fix-all for your life. If you look good in an itty-bitty bikini then you can rule the world, or something akin to it. They suck you in and make you think that you can look like that model on the screen , when in reality, the majority of it is airbrushing. And given the fact that it’s the beginning of a New Year, I’ve been seeing a TON of them, from programs to shakes to equipment to meal plans to pills; it’s ridiculous!
However, despite how much I hate weight-loss commercials , I want to believe them. I want to believe that losing weight really will make all of life fall right into place and give you the perfect job, house, car and even boyfriend, along with a rockin’ bod. I want to believe that being able to fit into a size two bikini is all that’s needed in order to have the perfect life, and if I just work hard enough then I can get that, too, just like that “perfect” model with the “perfect” life on television.
But I know that’s not true. And it never will be true. Because despite how hard losing weight is, it is not a fix-all, and it will NOT make your life perfect. In fact, the thing that no one, and especially no one on weight-loss commercials, tells you is that losing weight may very well give you a complex. Losing weight may very well make you freak out more about your body than if you had just kept the weight on in the first place.
Did any of Summer’s post resonate with you and your experience? Let’s discuss! —Jenn