I saw a rumor the other day that, since Jenny Craig had Queen Latifah on board to tout their diet, they had fired Kirstie Alley. Looks like that might be true, she's coming out with her own diet plan in 2009. Just what we need, another diet that doesn't work for long-term weight loss (ah, but I don't know that, do I, since it isn't out yet).
"The weight-loss field is wide open and not immune to new ideas and improved solutions for the fat problems that plague many of us Americans every day," Alley said in a statement.
Kirstie, I hate to tell you this, but most of the problems that plague fat Americans won't be solved by getting thin. They're caused by people being brainwashed into thinking that they have to be thin in order to be worthwhile human beings. They're caused by all the fat hatred out there that tells fat Americans they're every demeaning word you can apply to a human being. They're caused by telling fat Americans that they will never have a good life or be able to enjoy life until they get thin. Your diet plan isn't going to be any different than any other diet plan out there, it's going to perpetuate the same mythconceptions that they all do, and you're going to be laughing all the way to the bank.
"I want to create something new that will help millions of people end the seemingly never ending fatty-roller coaster ride," she added.
So, you think you've found, or can create, a diet that will help people lose weight and keep it off permanently? Yeah, right, when the sun rises in the west it'll happen.
She did not give specific details about what she intends to create, only that she expects it to be "the healthiest, yummiest, easiest and most effective weight-loss program on the market."
That's what JC and NutriSystem offer, yummy food and effective weight loss (if you think food that's over-processed and tastes like carboard is yummy, that is). It ain't effective weight loss if you can't keep the weight off forever once you've lost it, and I can pretty much guarantee you that any plan you come up with isn't one that can be sustained forever. After all, it took you 3 years of JC to lose 75 lbs (that's an average of 2 lbs a week, if you don't plateau) and how many hours of exercise a day did you have to put in to accomplish that (not to mention: how much calorie restriction did you have to do in order to hit that weight loss)?
Sorry Kirstie, I'm not jumping on your bandwagon. I prefer to stay fat and healthy at the size I am now. I'm not risking another crackpot diet that will make me lose weight for a while, then quit working and have me gaining it all back, and possibly more. Been there done that, and I sure as hell don't need any more t-shirts, hats, or keychains proving it (not to mention making my health worse in the long run by adding another yo-yo diet to my past string of them).
Come back in 5 years and tell us just how well JC worked for you (or is it not working and that's why you're coming up with your own plan, and you want to get in on the money-machine, hmmmmm?).