Am I the ONLY person annoyed by Nutri-System commercials???

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jenju

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Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 20:54
Don't get me wrong; my mom lost a ton of weight on the program but it didn't teach her how to prepare healthier food or make smarter choices so as soon as she went off of the program she gained it all back PLUS some.

These commercials kill me! As if it isn't hard enough to try ONE MORE TIME to lose weight when you've spent years, sometimes your whole life, trying and failing because of things like this! The "diet" industry is a multi-billion dollar business and takes advantage of people at their most vulnerable.

You're not allowed to advertise cigarettes and even alcohol is regulated but you CAN go on TV and sell a pill or a program "guaranteed" to help you lose weight. So what if it does? I wish they had to show the statistics of people that tried these things and gained the weight back instead of the standard, "These results are not typical" that is in small print at the bottom of the screen. Or - this program will not teach you how to eat therefore the weight WILL COME BACK once you leave the program.

Argh!
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k8yk

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Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 21:18
I knew there was a reason I liked you Smile

I agree 110% with everything you said. I'll take it a step further (because I'm crazy like that) and say that the diet industry WANTS us to gain the weight back. If we all lost weight and kept it off, who would buy their worthless products? Where would they make their billions? It's sad really. People feel so desperate to lose weight that they'll do such harmful things to themselves. And gain it all back. I've done it. Who hasn't?

Losing weight is actually quite simple. Keeping it off is really hard.
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BCLenny

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Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 21:37
What is sadder still is that there is a demand for the products..everyone wants the magic diet, the drop 10lbs a week diet..eat what you want and still lose weight diet...if we didnt fall for their crap like a fat lady after a doughnut...they couldnt stay in business...cant see that happening. All we can do is make better choices....and yes k8yk we have all tried one of those gimic diets that's why we know so much about them...lol.
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ChallengeMem...

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Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 22:52
You'd be even more annoyed by them if you had two unopened boxes of NutriSystem food sitting in your house! My husband is a sucker for commercials and as a result of pressure from me to improve his health, he said he wanted to try NS. "If the football players can do it...they're not hungry on it." OMG I LOVE him but is he serious? How about the small print reading "Individuals are renumerated."? I tried to be positive about it because it's the only thing he wanted to try. It was VERY hard for me to be positive about it but I did try. Even if NS did teach healthy eating (which it doesn't), he wouldn't have learned anything because I was doing it all for him and let me tell you...especially those of you (us) who are trying to eat cleanly and stay away from processed food...I actually added water to a freeze-dried hamburger patty and watched it expand and then served it to him. Can you imagine?

I'm sure I've severely offended people who are doing NS and are being successful...that is not at all my intention. As others have said, we've all tried it all...if you are in the NS phase of trying it all, more power to you...I just really could barely make the food for my husband, let alone eat it. Just my own food issues though--again, if it's working for you to help you get the weight off--Yay!

All I know is that I have a two months supply of it in my house that I need to see if I can even return! This all brings me to another issue but I think I'll post it as a new thread since it's unrelated to Jenju's original post. Smile
katballew

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 08:45
Challenge... just a tip, the NS food will sell fast on EBAY, that's how I got rid of some of mine when I tried it 2 years ago. <grin>

For anyone thinking about trying it, I have to say that I got really tired of the "shelf-stable" food in the 3 months I did it. You have to really wonder how they make chicken alfredo so it doesn't need to be refridgerated to keep. Plus all the tomato sauced dishes tasted the same, like overly tomatoey with a weird after-taste, and the chocolate was clearly some sort of chocolate substitue. Wonder what that was made of??

Also, what the commercial doesn't tell you is that you still have to buy a lot of other food to pair salads and fresh vegies & fruits with the 'meals' they have sold you. Given that I had to buy their food and still do quite a bit of grocery shopping, I found it to be very expensive. Now, my mother really liked it, lost 60+ lbs and will probably go back to it once she gets over some health issues she's dealing with. But, I don't think she was eating all the salads and stuff she was supposed to add. So, I doubt she was getting good nutrition. Now, her health issues are gastrointestinal so I can't help but wonder if there might be a connection? I also noticed that I had awful gas all the time on NS food, probably due to all the fiber and Sucrolose they add. Yuck.

Yeah, the diet industry just preys on the desperation of overweight people and the media and pop culture help them out by promoting super skinny as the dream to achieve. How soul-less do you have to be to promote products that you know are ineffective at best and in some cases dangerous to people under the guise of improving health? In my book it's lying, cheating, and stealing. Arggg.. makes me mad. :\
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leahl

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 08:50
I hear ya girl! Have you seen the commercial for the diet pill that Kim Kardashian is endorsing? Every time I see it I want to vomit.
confusedange...

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 08:51
hehehe. i'm just gonna say "no, you are not alone".
commercials KILL me.
worse, i have a friend trying to be a nutrisystem spokesperson (she's on call back number 3 or so) by eating ice cubes and apples. not even eating the nutrisystem food. cause anorexic is apparently the new cool? grr!

and don't get me started on jillian's commercials... direct quote from her "We detoxify our bodies by drinking water, not by taking cleansers or pills"... and then she sells cleanse and burn pills!

sorry, thats my pet peeve of the year.
Shirley...

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 09:22
I understand. The commercials are awful. They also tend to make you feel guilty. I too have noticed the Nutisystem commercials and they really make no sense. The latest one I saw was putting people who are 40 to 50 years old down. Sounds like we have no life.
k8yk

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 11:28
I also hate the Quick Trim commercials with Kim and Khloe Kardashian.

First: No pill is going to make you look like a Kardashian Smile
Second: They both looked better before they got so skinny. Khloe was like one of my heroes for looking so hot as her naturally curvy self.
Third: "How hot can you be?" is possibly the worst tagline I've ever heard.
Fourth: The ridiculous amount of airbrushing they do to Kim's stomach in the magazine ads is frightening. I can't look away!!! ARGHHH! LOL
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katballew

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 12:12
My other peeve: Do people really believe that the ripped abs and sexy biceps happened purely from dropping 30 lbs on Xenedrine or Slim Quick or whatever? Yeah, cause we all have well developed toned muscles under the fat with no need to actually weight train or condition them.
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We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible. ~François de la Rochefoucauld

“Our whole story, from the beginning to the end, is about food—from the apple in the garden to the banquet table.” ~Carol Showalter
Tressatnt

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 12:13
I cannot STAND those commercials!! "how hot can you be" GAG!!! And they look ridiculous rolling around in sheets. GAG!
k8yk

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 12:39
P90X really gets me too. Yes, I'm sure it works- exercise is GREAT isn't it? But going to the gym works too. You can apply the concept of "muscle confusion" quite easily by constantly changing your routine. I hate things that make it seem like you need to purchase some product to lose weight. Really, you don't have to buy ANYTHING! you don't even need a gym membership (but I love mine).

And it's on ALL the time (P90X) and it tricks me by having an interesting sounding title in the cable guide.
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jenju

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 12:54
LOL, that's hilarious! My husband uses the P90 (a friend gave it to him) so that he can work out at home. He alternates that with an afternoon sprint with the dogs. But, yeah, the commercials for all of those are all the same. "Get the perfect body in 30 days!"; "Look who's lost 60 lbs using this product!"

We should all be glad (those of us in this forum) for not being suckered into anymore "Get Thin Quick" BS!!!
It's MY time!
confusedange...

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 15:03
aaaaaarghhh! how hot can you be!!! and thats the entire commercial.
cheeto

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 15:03
I know Marie Osmond has had a great tragedy in her life so I don't mean to sound heartless--
but OMG, she is OBNOXIOUS in those NS commercials with that 70s "Farrah Hair!"
k8yk

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 15:10
Kirstie Alley turned out to be the perfect spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, didn't she? Very realistic! Lost all the weight then gained it back plus some!
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k8yk

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 15:19
You know, years ago I thought about joining a gym and so I checked out Bally Fitness. They gave me such a ridiculous hard sell. I mean come on! They asked me what my goal was and I said "lose weight and look good in a bathing suit". (I weighed about 220 at the time) and the guy said, no lie, "You'll be there in 30 days."
Um, yeah... I might be fat, but I'm not stupid OR desperate.

Needless to say, I did not join.
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wintersmith

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 16:03
No, you're not alone. Nutri-system, in my opinion, has to be one of the worst "pay to play" systems I've come across. Mind you, I've never tried them but if they don't teach lifestyle changes I can't imagine them being much good.

leahl wrote:
I hear ya girl! Have you seen the commercial for the diet pill that Kim Kardashian is endorsing? Every time I see it I want to vomit.


Those commercials and the commercial deluge I'm getting for the lap band make me want to take up vigilante justice. Seriously, I dislike being lied to but these go beyond the pale.

k8yk wrote:
You know, years ago I thought about joining a gym and so I checked out Bally Fitness. They gave me such a ridiculous hard sell. I mean come on! They asked me what my goal was and I said "lose weight and look good in a bathing suit". (I weighed about 220 at the time) and the guy said, no lie, "You'll be there in 30 days."


Yeah, Bally's is one sleazy outfit. When I canceled my membership they kept sending me past due notices. Every time I called they told me that my account was closed, but that the letter was just an invitation to sign up again. I told them to remove me from their mailing list after that. I mean, the letter had "PAST DUE" written above an invoice. The USPS and BBB both have outstanding complaints with the company regarding this, but given Bally's financial troubles I think we're only likely to see more of this kind of thing.
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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 17:11
k8yk wrote:
Kirstie Alley turned out to be the perfect spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, didn't she? Very realistic! Lost all the weight then gained it back plus some!


i adore you.
k8yk

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Posted: 01 Apr 2010, 17:42
Smile
I'm enjoying Kirstie's Big Life. She's definitely got fat people mentality, so clearly Jenny didn't teach her much...
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