I want to preface this by saying I am not knocking nutrition companies, but I am sharing my personal experience.
There are a ton of nutrition companies out there. They all offer ways to lose weight in quick and easy fashions, but the truth is they all fail at really fixing the problem. They glaze over the truth with a diet. They help us get down to a goal weight, but when we stop using their products, or one similar we can quickly balloon back up to our old size or even larger still! Who hasn’t been on a yo-yo diet.
Several years ago I was in a car accident and I decided I needed to get healthier. If you look closely in the picture above my seat was pushed back into the back seat. If one of my kids had been in the car it would have seriously injured if not killed them. The seat was resting flush against the car seat. I was an amazing 385 pounds at this point in my life. I swore to myself that I wouldn’t ever be that large again. This accident actually caused quite a few changes in my life.
I started using Herbalife. The products were/are delicious. They had me replacing two meals a day with one of their supplement shakes. I really did poorly for a long time. It was hard to replace meals with a drink that was only a few hundred calories, but when I could pull it off I could have some amazing results. I ended up getting all the way down to 300 pounds and I felt fantastic.
That was until my marriage went into a tail-spin and my wife at the time was starting to have her affair. I quickly put on almost all of the weight I had taken off. I have been struggling ever since. I haven’t been able to get any traction.
Its not really the products that failed me, its the way they go about teaching people to lose weight. Its the people who distribute the products. Whether its Herbalife, Amyway, Body by Vi, or some other “scientifically formulated” meal replacement none of them really deal with the heart of the problem.
The MLM companies are full of the false gospel of Health and Wealth. Its not the companies themselves so much, they a lot agree with it, its the people who distribute their products. Those of you who say to have more faith, that God promised us health. You are wrong. When you tell us to have more faith, you are telling us that one other thing is wrong with us. I would hate to have a faith so shallow to think that I can have to little or to much faith. When a storm comes, and you have all the faith in the world that God is going to deliver what you want him to deliver, and he doesn’t will your faith really stand?
The people who sell these products also parrot whatever they are taught. They are given a basic level of knowledge to help others, but nothing to really help what lies at the root of most weight problems.
In my opinion most weight problems are caused by an addiction to food, or other associated mental and self images problems that go along with being heavy. Its a self-defeating behavior. Have you ever been heavy and want to exercise? You try and people make fun of you, or you feel like they do so you stop. You feel like you’re inadequate. You cannot buy your cloths where everyone else buys them. You are afraid to get close to people because of what they think of your weight. Our society is cruel to heavy people. Insurance companies don’t want to cover anything related to weight-loss. They don’t want to help pay for counseling, when that is what a great deal of people need.
A lot of us aren’t taught the basics of nutrition, and when we learn it we feel the people are being condescending because most of the time they are thin and they really do come across that way. People lack compassion for over-weight people. They tend to feel that it is their own fault they are this way.
The truth is many over-weight people don’t know how not to be. Many thin people just cannot relate, especially kids. Kids are the cruelest. Most of us who are over-weight like I am as adults, were over-weight as kids. The other kids would ridicule and torment us. We’d be the last one picked, or the friend that makes everyone else look good.
I was suicidal for many years as a teen because of weight. I cut myself because I didn’t have any other way to express that pain. I hated being fat, and I hated not having many friends.
So bringing it around to my original point, these companies have failed me because they fail to address the basic problem that lies underneath. I dare say it lies underneath a great many obese people. They fail because they are only a band-aid to what is truly underneath. They can’t train their people to truly handle the problem that lies underneath. The pain that is hidden deep inside, hidden from the rest of the world.
Now I am happy to say that I am not suicidal today, and I’m a happy person. I am not the same person I was, and God has healed me of much. Part of the reason I am writing this blog is to help others. Its therapeutic for me to write, but also I know that if I can help even one other person walk through their problems knowing they aren’t alone. It is worth it.
So I would be remiss to talk about suicide in a post and not include links to help if you are feeling that way.
If you are feeling suicidal right now call 911 and get help.
If you need someone to talk to visit any one of the following pages:
Want more information on suicide and what you can do to help? Visit http://www.suicide.org/
Sorry for the sadness of this post.