I saw this billboard while driving to my office a couple of days ago. I was so stunned, I nearly blew through a stop sign. I pulled over and snapped a picture with my cell phone, but the resolution wasn’t good, so I went back the next day with a digital camera.
Let’s talk why this sign is a load of bologna. We’ll start with “Dieting Sucks.” That kind of depends on the diet, doesn’t it? For me, low-fat diets certainly sucked. I’d lose a little weight, stall, and end up feeling lethargic and depressed. The “Fit For Life” diet also sucked. After consuming nothing but fruit and juice half the day, I’d get a sugar buzz, then crash, then up feeling shaky from not having any fat or protein in my system.
But my current diet doesn’t suck. Here’s what I consumed today:
- Breakfast — Italian sausage with sautéed onions, scrambled eggs, a couple of strawberries, coffee with heavy cream.
- Lunch — Big handful of roasted almonds, a tablespoon of coconut oil. (It was a late breakfast, so I wasn’t that hungry. The almonds would’ve been plenty, but coconut oil is waaaay yummy.)
- Dinner — Ribeye steak, Caesar salad without croutons, sautéed vegetables drizzled with butter.
- Late-Night Snack — A slice of goat’s milk brie cheese, and a mix of almonds, Brazil nuts, and macadamias. I picked the nuts out of the big jar my wife buys at Costco. My girls prefer the cashews, so it works out well. I like the big Costco jar of nuts because it’s inexpensive, and they don’t roast the nuts in any nasty vegetables oils.
It’s late at night as I write, and I feel full and satisfied. Not once all day did I look at what I was eating and say, “Man, this diet SUCKS!”
Do I wish I could eat Doritos and pizza without getting fat and sick? Sure. I used to love that stuff. However, if you want to be healthy, you can’t eat everything. You have to make choices.
But you wouldn’t know that from the billboard, would you? Hey, dieting sucks! Don’t put yourself through that … get surgery instead! Just one little problem: lap-band surgery doesn’t save you from dieting; it just forces you on a diet by shrinking your stomach to a fraction of its natural size.
And what a luxurious diet it is! Here’s some information I copied and pasted from a web site for people considering lap-band surgery:
The second phase of the Lap-Band diet consists of 5 to 6 weeks of a modified full liquid diet; the key component of this phase is consuming two ounces of a protein shake every hour for ten to twelve hours a day with two ounces of other liquids such as soup, baby food, or sugar-free gelatin three times a day.
During the second six weeks following Lap-Band surgery patients may eat food that is shredded in a food processor prior to eating. The basic foods on the Lap-Band diet include meats or other forms of protein, vegetables, and salads.
After Lap-Band surgery the stomach will never hold more than 4 to 6 ounces per meal, so making every bite count is essential for healthy and nutritionally rounded weight loss success. Protein is especially important following Lap-Band surgery. The Lap-Band diet does not include most bread, potatoes and other starchy vegetables.
Hmmm … protein shakes for six weeks, a gut-busting two ounces at a time. But after that, you can pig out on up to six ounces of protein, salads and vegetables. Gee, aren’t you glad you didn’t have to go on some awful diet? (But remember, you need to avoid bread, potatoes and starchy vegetables … almost like someone following one of those crazy low-carb diets.)
Compare the diet of a lap-band victim to the list of what I ate today, then ask yourself a question: which diet actually SUCKS? And what can we say about a surgeon who would put up this billboard to encourage people to undergo an expensive and unnecessary procedure? Let me see, the words are coming to me … oh, I know: he sucks, too.
p.s. – A friend of mine had gastric bypass surgery a couple of years ago. After being thin most of her life, she became obese in the span of a single year and started developing diabetes. In other words, she crossed the threshold of insulin resistance – she wasn’t eating any more than when she was thin. The surgery was presented to her as case of “do this or die.” Yes, she lost a lot of weight. But she can never eat a normal meal again, and she has recurring problems with digestion. After watching Fat Head and realizing her weight gain and diabetes were almost surely the result of eating too many carbohydrates – something her doctor never suggested – she regrets having the procedure.