Now I think I've seen it all -- the lip balm weight loss diet?!?!?!
We've all seen those ads on the side of the page whenever you are doing a Google search, right? You type in a keyword or phrase about something you want to learn more about and POP POP POP POP POP, there are a series of paid ads on the right of the page that pertain to that particular subject. It's a good way to get eyeballs for your business and services using the Google Adwords program to attract just a small percentage of the millions of visitors Google gets each day.
But imagine the surprise of one of my regular readers who was doing a Google search on "weight loss" recently and she came across the following ad from a company called Desoriente:
Are You Obese?
Don't Workout, Don't Diet, Just Use
Lip Balm and Lose Weight Easily!
If you are overweight or obese and believe that rubbing a LIP BALM on your kisser is going to help you "lose weight easily" better than any kind of diet and exercise, then I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you!
Here is my bridge and I'll sell it to you dirt cheap, too:
(actually, this is a photo I took in January of the Brooklyn Bridge!)
Just in case you think this lip balm diet is one big fat joke, check it out for yourself at their web site! They are DEAD serious about their product and even offer a 60-day money back guarantee. Oooooo! Can you believe such nonsense is allowed to be manufactured and sold in the United States of America?!?! Yikes!
What's even sadder than the product itself are all the people who are so desperate to lose weight they get doped into buying this lip balm at $20 a piece for a stick of it! Ouch, at that price I think I'll just plug up my nose with ammonia tablets to ward off my hunger!
Boasting "Natural Weight Loss" at their web site with what has become cliche for diet ads -- a picture of a skinny stomach with a tape measure around it -- Desoriente claims their product will give you "the benefit of appetite suppression while keeping your lips smooth, supple and healthy." Sigh. If only it was as easy as putting on lip balm...
So how does this lip balm stimulate "appetite suppression?"
According to their web site, people gain weight from "over eating and unhealthy snacking." To combat this, Desoriente offers a proprietary blend of nine oils and extracts in their lip balm which contains smells that "suppress the feeling" of hunger. They claim application of the lip balm causes the oils to be "absorbed by the nasal cavity and Olfactory System" to "lessen the feeling of hunger within seconds."
Oh brother! What I've never been able to understand about any of these "appetite suppressant" gimmicks is how you are EVER supposed to eat. If your appetite is always discouraged, then when and why would you ever eat again? Hmmm?
To me, the more "natural weight loss" method is one that ENCOURAGES you to eat LESS because your body is satisfied and let THAT be the way to suppress your appetite so you don't overeat and snack in between meals. It's called SATIETY and it can be stimulated naturally without the use of lip balm! Using natural or artificial stimulation from a smell-based product to reduce your appetite is an unrealistic and potentially dangerous way to lose weight.
It's time to kiss this weight loss gimmick goodbye because it belongs in the same category as the ear stapling diet, the coffee diet, the cookie diet, and who could forget the carb blockers.
Wanna see REAL weight loss results without wasting your money on fake products like lip balms? Try livin' la vida low-carb instead and experience the feeling of appetite suppression as well as PERMANENT weight loss from foods that taste great and keep you satisfied without ever feeling hungry or deprived. That's a GUARANTEE you can REALLY count on!