Today’s post is being brought to you by yours truly, and a co-author: my husband.
While working on blog ideas the other day, my husband came into my little office, carrying his laptop.
‘You’ve got to share this with your readers,’ he said and turned the laptop towards me where, occupying the screen space was this photo:
I was confused. ‘That looks like a still shot from a diet-aid infomercial. Why would I be interested in that?’
‘Because.’ he said, pointing to the photo. ‘These photos were taken 5 hours apart!’ I looked again.
‘Photoshop.’ I said feeling very proud of my keen attention to detail, and went back to my computer.
‘That’s what I thought,’ he said. ‘Here. Watch the video,’ and he clicked on Play.
It was less than four minutes long. After it was over, I kind of sat there, a bit stunned. After letting it settle a while longer, I found myself agitated, too. Basically, this guy – Pete, wanted to show how quickly he could manipulate his body so that it would imitate both the before and after photos that we see in those weight-loss infomercials on TV.
I admit to being one of those people who lingers a bit too long when it comes to watching infomercials. Whether promoting ‘the best juicer in the world’ or ‘the greatest hair care products you’ll ever need,’ I always find myself pausing at these shows, especially if there’s a celebrity involved (anyone seen the Cindy Crawford skincare line? Who would have thought that a rare melon was the key to keeping her so young and beautiful!) I’ve never actually ordered any of these products. I just watch them for entertainment purposes – except for the diet-related infomercials; those always seem to leave me feeling frustrated. I mean, how many times do I have to hear, ‘If I can do it, anyone can do it!’ Ugh!
I was glad that Pete put this video out on the net because it affirmed what I already knew about these ‘easy weight-loss’ infomercials. Magic pills, machines, potions, patches and inhalers aren’t the key to being healthy. Nor does looking like a rock-hard bodybuilder or a supermodel mean that you are the picture of health (I’m talking to YOU, Jennifer Aniston. Put those cigarettes down!) In other words, what you see isn’t always what you get. Let’s remember that the next time we compare ourselves to people we can’t physically see beyond our TV screens or in magazine ads.
If you’re interested in Pete’s after and before transformation, you can watch it right here:
What are your thoughts on Pete’s video? What about infomercials? Have you ever bought anything As Seen on TV that actually worked?