So at the beginning of the week I posted about MLM businesses that make promises they can’t necessarily keep. This post came about after I saw 6 separate ladies, whom do not know each other or are even involved in the same companies, post on Facebook that they were doing some “Quick Fix” nonsense 21 day, 3 day, 30 day whatever it all was and they didn’t see the results they had believed they would. They were seriously bashing themselves. Tearing themselves down because they believe the lack of results was their fault!
What was more messed up, to me anyway, was the fact that everyone of them posted immediately after how awesome their company is. Call me crazy, but any company, diet, products, wrap, etc that has enough hold on you to make you feel as if you aren’t good enough because you didn’t reach the results it promised or that you thought it promised, can’t be that great! I actually came under attack via email, Facebook messaging, etc. Apparently my opinion offended several who are affiliated with these companies. Fact is I don’t care! Just as you are entitled to promote them, I am entitled to not like them.
This isn’t a post about tearing apart what others support. Another fact is I am all for anything that gets people to eat better, be more active, lead a healthier lifestyle, and love themselves. Let’s face it, we are all on the same journey. That is why we follow each other on social media right? My issue with these companies is that people believe that they need the detoxes/cleanses,Or that they will lose an amazing amount of weight in 21 days. There is no quick fix You probably will lose 10lbs the first time you do a 21/30 day program. If you are drinking more water and your calories go into a deficit, then yeah anyone would lose that amount of weight, but what happens after the 21 days??? You plateau? You gain it back? If you are not leading a lifestyle that is realistic, will it continue to show you results? Probably not.
Most of the people who have contacted me this week have been with Beachbody. Since those are the ones who want to send mean emails and nasty comments I will address my issues with that company mainly, but my feelings for the other companies are pretty much the same across the board. I personally am not a fan of any MLM companies. Reason being is in my opinion, they are set up like pyramid schemes. Every one of them say they are not and each one has it’s own definition for why it’s not, but plain and simple they are! I actually saw a Beachbody coach post this and it is NOT the definition of pyramid scheme, but it’s what they are convincing others. Sorry for the small screen shot
This is the actual definition of a pyramid scheme via Google
a form of investment (illegal in the US and elsewhere) in which each paying participant recruits two further participants, with returns being given to early participants using money contributed by later ones.
Being that you recruit a “Team” of coaches and you make a return on what they sell and who they recruit. Based on what they do again, in my opinion they are no better than a pyramid scheme.
I think there are great aspects of Beachbody, as well as some of the other companies. I also feel there are some misleading factors. Workout dvd’s and motivational anything is awesome in my book. I also don’t have a problem with supplements. Obviously, I am sponsored by a supplement company and I do use them. I use them to supplement my nutrition, so I am not lacking in my micro nutrients and sometimes my macro nutrients. My problem with some of these other companies is that their “coaches” are selling people on the idea that they drink a shake and they lose weight, or that just drinking a shake for a meal is a healthy replacement to eating real food. This is far from the truth! Not only that, but can actually be harmful for you!!! Yes I drink protein shakes, but I will choose to eat a meal over drinking a shake anytime! If I am low on protein for the day, then yes I will add some to my meal or drink. SUPPLEMENT… see how that works? These people paid money to become “coaches” basically they have taken a workshop that explains the products and how they can grow their “business” They are not nutritionists or certified trainers. Most have very little knowledge about nutrition or training at all!!! Yet, they are the ones who many are seeking answers from…..
Here is a list of current MLM companies that are marketing shakes. You can find this exact list for every single company. I have no idea why the protein amount isn’t listed on these, but it’s whatever. The healthiest “meal replacement” shakes in my opinion is the Advocare or Isagenix ones. At least they have a realistic amount of macros/calories. I mean seriously who only eat a 90 or even 70 calorie meal???
So they set people up to starve themselves. That’s healthy right? One person who was tearing herself down, was doing the 3-day refresh by Beachbody. I watched her posts for 3 days. To be perfectly clear, I do NOT know what the nutrition plan they have with this is. What I do know is that the meals she was posting over the 3 day period all looked to be 100 calories or less. Her post at the end was self defeated, depressed, and to be honest I felt horrible for her. She didn’t achieve the results she thought she would and blamed herself, even though she had publicly kept herself accountable. Others obviously felt the same as I did. She had all kinds of people trying to boost her back up in the comments. She is actually one of the people who was upset with my post. She was much nicer about it than the others, but upset nonetheless. And still blamed herself in the end. The page with the 3-day refresh diet on their website, which by the way is $70, blatantly states results may vary (which is obvious), but that testimonials have used more than one or extended use of products. How many is extended? Unless you have kidney or liver failure, why do youeven need a refresh or cleanse anyway???
Again, I am not wanting to bash anyone’s methods of losing weight or getting fit. We all know that there are several healthy ways to go about it and that everyone has their own goals and is on their own journey. I am just a promoter of leading a realistic lifestyle with healthy balance. I also am a firm believer in research. Find out what is healthy and what is true. You can lose the weight on your own without spending hundreds of dollars. Weight loss is calorie deficit, plain and simple. It isn’t a claim, it has been proven. Science backs it up.
If your plan has you hating yourself, then it might be time to rethink it. Your goal to a healthier you, should include loving yourself. I especially stress this when you have little eyes watching you Your children learn what they live. If mom or dad is constantly tearing themselves down, you can bet your child is hearing/watching this and doing it to themselves. Self hate is a learned behavior. I learned it from my mom, but I will be damned if Zoe will learn it from me!!!
If you enjoy those shakes, then by all means buy/sell them. I certainly am not knocking that. But, don’t pretend that those products got you where you are. Fact is, your diet and activity level did. The shakes may have aided, but are not the whole picture. You may be called a “coach” with the company, but don’t lead others to believe that you are something you are not.
Hope this doesn’t make the nasty messages worse ha ha ha, but opens a few eyes. My goal is always to educate not tear down anyone’s dreams.
Of course I am going to continue to support my sponsor as they do me! Note, I do not make money from this company. I do receive supplements. I believe in Saturn Supplements and their products. I have used these and supported these products since December of 2012, well before there was any talk or even thought of sponsorship I would never promote any product I didn’t believe in, nor make claims that I didn’t support. I am sure many of you feel the same way about the products you sell. I plain and simple support the products, because they are what I use and what I love. I believe in honest and real companies and Saturn Supplements is just that! No smoke no mirrors….
Hope you all have a fabulously fit day xoxo
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