Media manipulation of the masses
This is far to big and vague a subject for jut one blog post…
so what I really mean is:
Media manipulation of the truth in order to sell health and fitness programs / supplements / accessories etc…
Which I also admit is a massive subject and I can’t hope to cover at once!
everyone by now has seen the endless before and after photos that come with every single workout dvd or “diet plan”
you only have to google Insanity or 30 day shred to see pages and pages of photos of people who have undergone a miraculous transformation…
the difference between insanity and 30ds (and some others) is they promise dramatic results, but not without hard work!
You don’t end up buying either of these programs without knowing you are going to have to sweat (a lot!) to get the results. And to be honest some of them ever come with taglines that say 3 rounds or 2 rounds, implying that it might take more than one go through the program to get the results.
The real problems are the gadgets and diets that are sold promising almost magical transformations with zero effort in only minutes a day…
you know the ones for ab trainer plus pro things or the cabbage and grasshopper diet…
or that one wierd trick that will help you lose belly fat fast…
Does anyone know what that is by the way?
I have never clicked on the link but I would love it if you clicked through and paid what ever it is and there was just pdf that said:
Eat better, move more!
There are seemingly endless ways to lose weight and size and whatnot with absolutely no effort at all apparently!
And every one of these things comes with its own ultra convincing set of before and after photos…
The problem is I don’t trust any of them!
I know full well that anything that only last 3 mins or is so easy you don’t know you are doing anything is just not going to give sensible results…it just isn’t. I know this, you know this…so what is with the before and after photos.
If those results can be attained from those “tricks” then everything I thought I knew was wrong.
and if they can’t and the pictures are faked, then what about the ones associated with the more reputable programs based on sensible concepts…
can I trust those?
We have all, by now seen the “amazing transformations” made in 15 mins with good lighting and better fitting clothes…(if not go look)
It has got to the point where I have no idea what is a real transformation and what is faked by the media, and that is a shame. There are people out there who really have done amazing things with weight loss, and it is not fair that their hard work is called into question because there are magazines / TV companies putting up all the fake pictures to sell more stuff!
I really wish the media would stop!
Is there any wonder that so many people out there are getting the whole thing so wrong! Even with genuine knowledge gained from professional qualifications, I still sometimes look at these things and think…”oooh that looks intriguing…” it only lasts for seconds in my case, and i do have enough knowledge to see whether these things are based in science, but what about the people who don’t?
Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!!
This is, unfortunately, just another instance of the media and businesses playing on people’s insecurities to make money.
I am not saying there aren’t systems and workouts and such out there that work, Insanity is blooming brilliant for example< but none of them will work without effort!
I am going to stop now before this turns into (more of) a rant.