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Take Caution When Following Celebrity-Endorsed Diets

Sep 2, 2007
A celebrity endorsement of a diet is not a good enough reason to begin following that diet. Although many of us want to believe that our favorite actors, athletes, and musicians would never attach their names to diets or products that are unhealthy or that just don't work. However the reality is that celebrities often endorse unhealthy products in order to make a buck, and this happens more often than you might suspect.

Celebrities are under an extraordinary amount of pressure to keep themselves in the limelight or risk being forgotten, with work and the money to fund their lifestyles no longer at their disposal. This does not mean that everyone who endorses a diet is only doing it for the sake of publicity and the opportunity to keep themselves in the spotlight. But some do find that attaching themselves to diets is lucrative for publicity and added income. Not to mention the extravagant gift incentives that diet and weight-loss companies thrust in front of celebrities to entice endorsements out of them. If we were in their shoes, we might find it hard to pass up some of these incentives, as well.

The real problem occurs when, just like the rest of us, the endorser does not understand the differences between a healthy diet is and an unhealthy diet. It is a fact that most Americans do not truly understand how to make healthy food choices and how to eat healthy on a regular basis. If we did, obesity might not be as rampant as it is in this country.

The diet and weight-loss industry relies on our ignorance to continue fueling the market for even more questionable diet plans to be made available to the unwary consumer. They also recognize the marketing potential and influence celebrities carry because of our fascination with them. Using paid actors/models/athletes/musicinas to make scripted testimonials about diets and weight-loss products has netted record-breaking sales and profits for the companies behind them.

Despite the long list of diet plans and weight-loss products sold every year, we keep getting fatter as a society, and our health continues to get worse. And unfortunately this keeps happening because we continute to listen to the hype and endorsements made by our favorite stars.

As a nation we still fail miserably when it come to nurishing our bodies with healthy foods. We cannot, however, lay all of the blame at the feet of the celebrity who endorses a certain diet or weight-loss product. Nor can we look to the diet and weight-loss industry to provide us with useful information about what a healthy diet consists of. They don't want us to eat healthy because that would destroy their very lucrative sales.

The fact is, we have to take responsibility for our own health and the choices we make that can seriously affect it. We need to stop being blind followers and instead become informed decision-makers.

There are reputable resources where you can find information about healthy eating and ways to lose weight safely without putting your health at risk. Armed with this information, you will be able to spot and avoid diets that offer questionable advice and suggest using questionable products. You will find that the real science behind losing weight and keeping it off is more about eating foods that have a high density of nutrients and exercising, rather than controlling food portions, counting calories and fat, or even eliminating certain foods from your diet.

Eating high density organic foods does more than help you to slim down to a healthy weight and keep from gaining it back. Foods consisting of high density nutrients keeps the body supplied with the nutrients it needs to fuel its systems and to keep you at your healthiest

Diet plans that advocate eating nutrient rich organic foods and that do not support the severe restricting of calories, or suggest other unhealthy activities are fine to follow. That is given that you are choosing to do so as an informed consumer and not because you hear a paid celebrity say they do and you should too.
About the Author
Scott White is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist located in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information about nutrition and fitness, reach Scott at Personal Trainer | Personal Training.
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