I am not only a fitness junkie, I’m also addicted to politics. So, after watching Face The Nation Sunday morning I lingered on CBS for a few minutes before switching to Meet The Press and caught the hour-long infomercial for The Six Week Body Makeover.
I don’t typically watch informercials so the Body Makeover is new to me even though it’s been around for 15 years, which tells me people are still sending their money in.
Don’t Send Your Money Just Yet
Of course, my first reaction was, “Wow. Another weight loss gimmick.” But, I was intrigued enough by the commercial to take a look at the web site, read some reviews
(not solicited by Michael Thurmond) and have formed my own professional (a-hem) opinion. There’s some good, some bad, and some don’t-waste-your-money comments for me to share.
Before I begin my totally judgmental blog about the ‘makeover’, let me say that I have not tried the system, don’t plan to try it, and don’t think you should spend your hard-earned money on it either. Here’s why:
- The infomercial starts out by telling the audience that on this program they will eat more, exercise less. Have you tried that lately? Once in awhile I’ll do that on the weekend and the scale on Monday morning greets with me a wake a call that says, “Quit eating so much and get to the gym 15 minutes early tomorrow.” This just doesn’t work. However, for people that are eating ALL of the wrong foods and not exercising, this sounds very appealing. The program sets them up with lots of low-calorie foods (more food) and 18 minutes a day of exercise (not an hour and a half). If you’re eating Big Macs for lunch, Taco Bell for dinner and not exercising, you will lose weight on the Makeover.
- The commercial shows too many people that went from a size 18 to a size zero and it was seemingly effortless for them. Can you count, on one hand, the number of people that you know that have gone from a size 18 to a size zero, or even to a size four or six? I can’t count them on no hands, because I don’t know anyone that has been able to accomplish this. I think that someone could go from a size 18 to a size 10 or 12, but a ZERO? Who are we trying to kid with this one? Please. Let’s keep it real.
- The Body Blueprint. Here’s the gimmick part. People filled out a questionnaire and from that The Six Week Body Makeover is able to create a program designed specifically for them. How? BMI isn’t something that can be calculated with a questionnaire. If an individual wants to know what their BMI (basal metabolic index) is, it is a rather complicated, expensive procedure that requires breathing into a machine that measures oxygen consumption. Determining someone’s BMI is very individual and scientific. I’m guessing the ‘blueprint’ looks the same for everyone. Wouldn’t it be fun to get all of the people that have signed up for the program together and have them compare their individual blueprints?
- Pick out the body that you want to have and a blueprint will be developed for you. You will look like that once you’ve completed the program. I’ve always wanted to look like JLo. A six-week program that makes me look like her wouldn’t be science; it would be a bleeping miracle! Okay, I’m being ridiculous, but telling someone to pick out the body they want and we’ll make it happen is ridiculous too! Most of us learned in the fourth grade that no matter how hard we try, we will never look like the person we really, really want to. I can’t even take a picture of the hair I want to the hairdresser and say, “This is how I want my hair to look,” and have it turn out right. It’s not because the hairdresser doesn’t try. My hair just doesn’t do that!
- The Body Makeover is “safe, simple science”. There’s no science here. What IS here is a system that provides people with a meal plan, exercise program and hope. If you give people that are drinking Pepsi, eating fast food most of the time and not exercising at all a ‘program’ that motivates them to stop doing that, they will see results. But in the end, it is the hope that makes it all work.
The total program (if you order now) costs $119.99 with a money-back guarantee. Plus, if you are one of the first to call you get an on-line support system, and telephone coaching for free too. Call even sooner and you can get the program delivered within two days at no extra charge. You’re going to want to get started eating more and exercising less right away!
So, in summary (a-hem again), I’m not totally hating this program. Want to know why? Because of the ‘hope’ factor. The program is based on common sense and gets people developing better habits. They are eating different foods. They are exercising more. They feel good about what they’re doing.
The program does not push supplements or pills or put people on a 500 calorie a day diet. It is a rather basic weight-loss program that sells for $119.99 (if you order now).
But . . . and there’s always a but. You can do this on your own. You know what you need to do and the web is totally full of awesome resources to help you do it for free. I’ve posted some of those resources in my Favorite Links on the blog’s sidebar. If you feel you need to spend $120 Six Week Body Makeover to help you get started, go for it. But, I don’t think you need that.