How to Lose Weight Fast: Use Obesity Soap to Wash Away Fat!


After Carolyn posted yesterday about Dr. Oz’s interview with Joe Mercola on the benefits of the supplement astaxanthin, there’s been a hot debate in the comments about whether Mercola is the modern-day equivalent of a snake-oil salesman. Babble readers have been quick to point out how drug companies, businesses, the media, and the medical community have essentially been shoving quick-fixes down people’s throats for years. Here’s a perfect example: Starting today, you can see a display at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. featuring diet books and diet advertisements through the ages, promising women that they will get fit and trim if they simply:

(Drumroll, please…)

• Eat bile beans (Yum!)
• Wear a girdle (Flatten that bulge, through thick and thin!)
• Listen to a record (Play this record daily and watch the pounds melt away!)
• Wear an electric massage belt (Shake off those pounds!)
• Use an obesity soap (Used like ordinary soap absolutely harmless, never fails to reduce flesh when directions are followed!)
• Wear “Dissolvene” rubber garments (How society women are reducing flesh!)
• Reduce your weight by bathing (Use reduction salts and wash away your fat!)

It’s both funny and horrifying to flip through the ads that used to run in women’s magazines. You can see them here. And it’s equally horrifying to think about the ads that are running in today’s women’s magazines, promising the same dramatic weight loss results and quick-fixes for a more beautiful bod. (Hellooo, pregnancy spanx.)

New moms are particularly vulnerable to this type of thing. When you have a baby, you’re bound to pack on a few extra pounds. And once you have kids, it’s that much harder to find the time in your day to eat well and exercise. It’s no wonder that we’re all looking for a quick fix.  But, we all know that the only real way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more.  That’s the bad news: there is no quick fix.  There wasn’t back then, and there still isn’t now.  The good news? If we can look past all the quick-fixes and find ways to fit good nutrition and exercise into our hectic lifestyles, we won’t be the only ones who’ll benefit: Our kids will, too.

Photo: Creative Commons/Flickr; by alancleaver_2000

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