Let the failed history of quick weight loss fixes teach you a lesson. Invest in your body the right way to get real, long-term, successful, body changing results.

Take a Look at some of the History over 100 years…..

● 1917 – Diet and Health is first published by Lulu Hunt Peters, a chronically overweight person. Peters teaches readers about “calories,” a term previously used only in physics, and advises a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet.

● 1930’s – Movie stars popularize the Hollywood 18-Day Diet. It consists of grapefruit, melba toast, green vegetables and boiled eggs.

● 1939 – Miracle diet pills, a.k.a. amphetamines, generate sales of $30 million annually before the FDA steps in. Bathing-suit ad slogan: “Suit by Jantzen. Body by Dexaspan.”

● 1951-1952 – The New York Times claims overweight is our number-one health problem.

● 1959 – The New York Times now reports that Americans suffer “a dieting neurosis.” Gallup Poll finds 72 percent of dieters are women. Metracal, the first liquid diet proclaims: “Not one of the top 50 U.S. corporations has a fat president.” Girdle sales reach record highs.

● 1960 – Stillman Diet, requiring eight glasses of water and filet mignon every day, is introduced. Overeaters Anonymous, inspired by AA is founded.

● 1963 – Coca-Cola introduces TAB. However, men won’t drink from a pink can.

● 1967 – Twiggy, 5’7″ and 91 lbs., appears on cover of Vogue four times. By 1970, Seventy percent of American families using low-cal products; 10 billion amphetamines manufactured annually.

● 1982 – John Hopkins University researchers calculate that Americans have swallowed more than 29,068 “theories, treatments and outright schemes to lose weight.” NFL endorses Diet Coke for men.

● 1992 – The National Institutes of Health champions moderation and daily exercise as the best diet. Extreme obesity is declared a disease.

● 1995 – Fen-Phen (fenfluramin and phentermine) introduced to the market place as the new magic pill solution to weight-loss

● 1997 – Mayo Clinic releases report claiming fen-phen causes heart valve deterioration and possible permanent brain cell damage. Manufacturer voluntarily withdraws fen-phen and Redux from the market.

● 2000 – American Home Products continues to defend against more than 2,000 class action suits brought against the company by parties claiming damaged from the company’s fen-phen-based products.

● 2002 – Atkins returns along with South Beach Diet as they, and other low-carb diets, become the new trend in weight-loss. Body Solutions, another quick-fix diet pill, files bankruptcy.

● 2003 – Ephedra-based products are banned in California and other states as research points to overuse and abuse causing serious injury and or death. Obesity reaches highest levels in U.S. history.

● 2004 – Cortislim is charged by the FTC for “claiming, falsely and without substantiation, that their products can cause weight loss and reduce the risk of, or prevent, serious health conditions.”

● 2006 – Hoodia, a plant-based appetite suppressant, begins heavy marketing to U.S. markets without much success.

● 2007 – TrimSpa agrees to pay $1.5 million in January to settle allegations of false and misleading advertising brought by the Federal Trade Commission. In February, TripSpa spokesmodel, Ana Nicole Smith is found dead from a drug overdose.

● 2010 – New diet drugs awaiting FDA approval include: Lorcaserin, Qnexa and Contrave.

● 2010/2011 – Obesity reaches new record levels in U.S. as 12 million Americans are considered severely obese, defined as more than 100 pounds overweight. Costs are estimated at $147 billion per year.

● 2012/2013 – Raspberry Ketones are touted as the new “Fat Burners” of choice and endorsed by celebrities and celebrity doctors (Dr. Oz) on television. No studies have been conducted with humans that this product achieves any results whatsoever.

These are just a few of the weight loss products introduced over the years. Its confusing and frankly a little sad. And, the new miracle products are not going to stop. Don’t buy in……

What will YOU do to transform your body to lean?

Email me at sharm@teamfitnessguru.com for solutions.

Yours in health,

Coach Sharm, Personal Trainer, MSc

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