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Disgraced infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s personal belongings are to be auctioned off to help pay off a $38 million fine from a civil case related to his current federal case.
Auctioneers estimate the sale will bring in just $100,000. Items include an elaborate chandelier and gilt-framed portraits of Gen. George S. Patton and Winston Churchill, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
In a Facebook post, Trudeau calls the gaudy items from his former California vacation home “priceless,” and that they “have my energy infused in them. They are all like amulets.”
As part of their New Year’s resolution, many people are turning to fitness regimes such as P90X3 and machines like the Bowflex MAX Trainer and the Tour de Force Centennial. While they can be effective, you have to watch for a few red flags in fitness pitches.
“Lose weight without exercising.”
While it is possible to lose weight without exercising, “you will end up sacrificing your health, energy and metabolism,” writes Libby Norris of Canada AM. “The number one reason we gain weight as we age is loss of lean tissue. Not using and losing your muscle mass as you age reduces your resting metabolic rate . . . which is your fat-burning furnace!
“Burn 1,000 calories in one workout.”
Read the small print, and you’ll find that this calorie-count represents the extreme top-end count that possible. Several factors affect the number of calories that can be burned, including age, weight, gender and workout intensity. The infomercials, Norris points out, make high-intensity workouts look like a breeze.
Studies that aren’t from recognized health authorities often hold no weight. Ads citing studies from disreputable sources often take a dubious claim and run with it.
“See results in just minutes per day.”
You can get results by working out just five minutes a day, but it’ll take a lot longer to see those results than with a lengthier, higher-impact regimen.
As Norris writes: “How quickly you get results is directly related to the balance of changes you may need to make in a variety of areas related to weight and fitness – eating, activity, body composition, health, sleep and stress. Quick results are most often short-lived!”
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This is the time of year when many of us consume colossal quantities of calories. All manner of sweet and savory holiday treats tempt us at every turn, in the break room at the office, at multiple holiday parties and family get-togethers, from UPS and USPS deliveries and at the supermarket checkout. If your willpower is not so powerful, you might want to give Spray-It Away a try. A few sprays of Spray-It Away before meals or snacks reduces hunger and makes you feel full, so you eat less and lose weight. Spray-It Away contains 100% pure Lumathin, part of the Carraluma Fimbriata family. This plant been used for centuries in India to suppress appetite and enhance stamina. Order Spray-It Away today and you may not need to make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight!
Your Savvy Shopper doesn’t know what magical South American ingredients are in the Emagrece Sim diet system. Watching the infomercial, you might believe its cleansing and hunger-reducing properties of this two-part weight loss system play a pivotal roll in sculpting all those beautiful bikini-clad bodies on the beaches of Rio. My questions are: 1) Is this product really from Brazil, and 2) does Emagrece Sim really mean “yes to make thin” in the local lingo? Google Translate says it means “rather thin,” or maybe “thin yes yes” or “yep, thin.” If you translate from English to Portuguese, you get “sim fazer fina.” Any Portuguese speakers out there? Anyone who’s had success dropping pounds with the product? Let us know!
Infomercials really can be educational. This one for the Smart for Life Cookie Diet taught me the Cookie Jar Song, a nursery school singalong that teaches the valuable lesson of how to deny responsibility and blame others. “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Not me.” I’m so happy the Cookie Jar Song is stuck in my head. I needed a soundtrack for my life.
As annoying as this ditty is, it is an effective way to deliver this diet plan’s core message. Eat cookies. Lose weight. It’s that simple. So simple even a preschooler can understand it!