DIET YOURSELF POOR AND STUPID
*NEWS UPDATE… July 25, 2012.
Kirstie Alley is being sued… for allegedly lying how she lost weight.
The 61-year-old actress credits her 45kg weight loss to Organic Liaison, a program she helped to develop (see story below) and which includes organic weight-loss products, natural dietary supplements, and access to online diet and exercise tools.
But Marina Abramyan isn’t buying it and is bringing a class-action suit against Alley, Organic Liaison LLC and Organic Liaison Management, alleging that Alley (pictured left in February this year) did not lose the weight by using Organic Liaison but rather by dancing the weight off during Dancing With The Stars and by following a strict low-calorie diet.
Abramyan tried the weight-loss plan and claims the products “are nothing more than run-of-the-mill fiber and calcium supplements” reports The Huffington Post. Abramyan did not lose any weight while using the products.
“The plaintiff also alleges that Organic Liaison used false advertising, including allegedly deceptive photos of Alley, to promote the weight-loss plan.”
Have you ever bought into a diet that didn’t work? Is it reasonable to sue a weight-loss company?
Wendy Harmer takes a look at Kirstie Alley’s diet plan… and a few of her own…
September 21, 2011
Like most of us, I was transfixed by the photos of Kirstie Alley on the runway a few days ago.
She says she’s lost 45 kilos – down from a size 14 to a size four. (That’s down from size 18 to 8 in OZ sizing.) Bare arms, a waist, a belt. Triumph! I can never go past a good celebrity weight loss story.
Of course, I had to immediately check out how she did it. I figured if it involved eating nothing but a giant pot of vegetable soup for five days, I could just about manage.
No such luck. Her regimen involved a stint on Dancing With the Stars during which she lost 27 kilos. And then she lost a further 13.5 kilos on some products she’s flogging called “Organic Liaison”.
I’ve been asked to be on DWTS (more than once), but have declined the invitation because, whilst I am an excellent party dancer, I sincerely doubt my ability to put actual dance steps together, in a sequence, in high heels, stone cold sober.
In fact, years ago I was in a comedy stage show with Jane Turner and we took lessons for a two-minute dance sequence. Jane tripped the light fantastic while I’ll never forget the humiliation of having a famous dance instructor reduced to kneeling on the floor in front of me, grabbing one foot in either hand and sobbing “this one’s left”, “this one’s right”. True story. Ask Jane. She’s still laughing.
Besides, using the terror of being on national television to lose weight is not entertaining – for me or anyone else, I’d wager.
As for Kirstie’s new product – the “Organic Liaison premium kit” comes with a one-month supply of Rescue Me, Nightingale, and Release Me, plus a special Organic Liaison glass bottle, elixir pump, and Body Game Manual – $119 monthly.
Is that Ms Alley I hear doing the samba to the sound of ka-ching, ka-ching? (And I don’t even want to know what you’re supposed to do with the pump.)
A quick peruse of my book shelf includes, I’m ashamed to say, more than a dozen diet books. Actually, I should put them in a pile and jump over them for an hour each day if they’re to be of any use.
I recall some years ago, I simultaneously read the Oprah Winfrey, low-fat cook book and the high-fat Atkins plan and walked into a store to buy something for dinner.
I left with a bottle of water.
There’s a new diet plan along every few months with the latest craze being the Dukan diet. This one, designed by French Doctor, Pierre Dukan is made up of four distinct phases - Attack, Cruise, Consolidation and Stabilization.
Hmmm, sort of reminds me of the Israeli Army Diet from the seventies. That one was for eight days where the same food was eaten for two days at a time – apples, cheese, chicken and salad.
I always wondered if anyone came up with a Palestinian refugee diet?
They did in 2001. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency came up with a diet plan for the Palestinian refugee population living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza. The idea was to try and raise the dietary intake of those poor souls to 1600 calories a day. They were given sugar, vegetable oil, whole milk powder, pulses and olive oil.
Most of which are on the prohibited food list for diets for we rich, Western fatty boombahs. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
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