We live in an age where there are many thousands of tools to aid in weight loss and fitness from diet books to websites that store all of your information/progress to equipment designed to add fun to and differentiate workouts. I LOVE that there is so much awareness around the need to shake up fitness and healthy eating because, after all, any weight loss guru worth their salt (err pepper since salt is frowned upon) will ban the D word in favor of saying that in order to create and sustain change we must really focus on changing our lifestyles long-term. And doing anything or anyone long-term is hard. Hence the divorce rate in the US of A. So yes, new ideas are a must. But every once in awhile I come across an idea or claim so silly that I have to laugh. Sometimes I buy it first and then laugh at myself (in the case of the Thighmaster).
This particular idea is pretty old but was given new life by a Facebook page called Losing Weight with Linda Melton, which insofar as I can tell promotes weight loss via ingesting a ton of fiber. So much of weight loss really is common sense and this is another example. Fiber makes you feel full and increases gastrointestinal efficiency hence accelerating weight loss. Surprise, fiber is not only in the Skinny Fiber pills peddled on this page but in a lot of healthy foods (many of which appear to be included on their low-carb diet plan). Eating healthy foods = weight loss.
Though too much fiber can be a bad thing as shown below, the pushing of fiber is not the funny idea/claim.
The only fiber Tim wanted at this moment were cotton fibers shaped like new shorts.
NEWEST LUNCH OBSESSION!!!!! We saw this on Losing
weight with Linda Melton!
Utterly brilliant, people. Not only does SALAD IN A JAR
save space in your fridge, it also reduces food waste and
gets non-salad eaters to mow down daily. THE ARRANGEMENT: From BOTTOM to TOP Dressing Shredded carrots Cherry tomatoes Sunflower seeds Hard boiled eggs Baby spinach
DIRECTIONS 1)Arrange ingredients in a large mason jar 2) Store in fridge for up to a week 3) When ready to eat: shake jar, place on a plate, and eat! You can make any arrangement you want… you can add red onion, cucumbers, radishes or peppers. Always remember to put the dressing at the bottom and the lettuce at the top—a MUST!! Love it! – Kymba
My beef is not with the idea itself other than it is not a particularly new or brilliant idea. Mason jars are the IT glass this year and so it was really a matter of swapping out the plastic shakers that even McDonald’s uses with the too-small dressing containers on top for the mason jar. My issue is the notion that the act of putting spinach and vegetables into a jar is not very likely to “get non-salad eaters to mow down daily.” Ironically my mom sent this to me and she despises all fruits and vegetables (yet is a surprisingly successful dieter just through sheer will and portion control alone). If salad were difficult or time-consuming to make I guess that would be a reasonable deterrent to people mowing them down. But beef wellington it is not. I make a salad in a bowl almost every night with homemade dressing and it takes only about 10 minutes total. It would take four without the dressing. If this idea makes eating salad more convenient to people who like eating healthy but find transporting healthy food inconvenient, then great. But cut the shit with the false promises. You will not start liking salad because of it’s packaging. Dieters have enough BS to sift through (is fish good or bad for you and in which quantity? Is diet soda the devil?) without claims known to be false from Jump Street. Speaking of Jump Street, I just heard they are making a part two. Either Jonah Hill is gonna need a few cases of Skinny Fiber stat or the writers are gonna have a whole lotta esplanin to do.