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Purchasing Hope

February 20, 2013 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian

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Every time I’m at the bookstore, I feel like the weight loss section gets bigger. It seems to be growing at the same rate as our desperation to lose weight.

When you pick up the back of almost any quick fix weight loss book, you will read: “miracle cure, blah, perfect body, blah blah, rapid results, blah blah blah”. Some of the books provide balanced evidence-based advice on healthy eating and lifestyle, and don’t promise near immediate results with minimal effort, but I would say those are the exception rather than the rule. Many people in my life seem to be on a permanent quest to lose weight. Most have tried several different books, supplements and diet plans. Few of them have worked long term. Somehow, it’s still easy to be drawn to these products as their claims give us hope. We think: maybe THIS one will be different. 

But the reality is, the hope you purchase is difficult to maintain. It quickly goes away when you realize that the current product is similar to the last and the suggestions they make aren’t ones you can live with forever. Chances are, if the product makes claims that seem too good to be true, they probably are.

Real hope comes from putting our faith in ourselves and our ability to make the changes that we want to make, instead of relying on rapid weight loss programs and expensive random supplements to do it for us.

Making changes to your diet or lifestyle usually aren’t quick or easy, but meaningful solutions typically aren’t. There is hope. The first step is to believe in yourself and consider the one thing that no book ever seems to write about – patience.

If you have questions about a specific weight loss diet or product, call 8-1-1 to speak to a registered dietitian. We can help you determine if it may be worth trying. If you want to know how to get started making healthier choices, we can help with that too.


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