Awhile ago I was invited to join a private Facebook group called “Busy Moms Getting Healthy” by a friend. I thought great, this might be a nice way to chat with other mothers about how they fit in time to exercise and ideas for healthy living. It wasn’t long before it became obvious that a few key organizers of the group were trying to sell the rest of us Insanity Workout DVDs and Shakeology meal replacements, both multi-level marketing businesses. Ugh.
Now whether you’re involved in MLMs or not, I will say that I don’t appreciate the ones trolling my Instagram page and spamming me and my followers. Shakeology salespeople, Beachbody coaches, and the “Wrap Ladies” are the bane of my social media existence. They have no shame. I delete their comments and block them immediately.
The biggest turn-off of all was a few days ago when a woman posted a transformational “before & after” photo of herself and said it was all due to “a revolutionary diet pill, Plexus!” Other women in the group began to inquire, “oooh I’ve heard about this” and “so many of my friends are taking this, what is it?” I banged my head on my keyboard a few times, then quickly posted links to government websites showing this “all natural” product has been banned in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (and I’m sure many others).
This is busy Moms getting healthy?
The sad thing is I see this happening all. the. time. The weight loss industry preys upon vulnerable (and often desperate) people with a product that may or may not contain harmful ingredients. It’s hard to know as the supplement industry has so little regulation. This is from the FDA website:
Unfortunately, FDA cannot test and identify all weight loss products on the market that have potentially harmful contaminants in order to assure their safety.
There is often very little evidence to back-up weight loss product claims, despite what you may read on their website. Make no mistake, the people trying to sell you these products are taught a little about the product and a whole lot more on how to sell you the product.
After posting that Plexus is potentially dangerous, I promptly received a private message from the saleswoman. She told me, “be respectful! This product changes lives and helps people gain financial freedom, blah blah blah” – all the usual MLM brainwashing talk. I suggested she send me a few studies showing Plexus is effective, ones that weren’t performed by the company. She didn’t.
The unsexy truth that we all need to realize is moderation and balance are key. Exercise is great, and preferably you can find something that you enjoy. If you have quite a bit of weight to lose you’re going to have to show some willpower and eat in a deficit for awhile. It IS a lifestyle change, but it doesn’t have to be a lifestyle overhaul.
When these people come knocking to prey on your insecurities PLEASE tell them “thanks but no thanks.” Trust your body. Trust the process. You CAN do it on your own.