Want to find more flaws with your body? Buy a magazine!
Generally I don’t buy magazines, but when I do they are always about home care. I can’t get enough of having more hanging lights! But yesterday was different, I was at Walmart and I saw the headline Automatic Weight Loss and the picture of the slender Annie Potts, known for her role as Meemaw in Young Sheldon. I didn’t understand why they featured Annie Potts because according to Google she has always been thin, so maybe what they are saying is the secret to automatic weight loss is to have been thin since the beginning.
I decided to buy the magazine and when I flipped through it I was astounded to find the sheer amount of diets. The entire magazine wasn’t dedicated to showcasing one diet, there were at least seven. This is not including all the tips and tricks for fixing any number of body parts. Slim with seaweed, try honey, kombucha, berries, juicing, keto products (not the diet but all the ‘keto snacks’, tea, energy boosters, oil, recipes for pies, PIES!
On the eleventh page there is an article that stretches three pages long telling you that you can be confident in your body by masking your spider veins with a self-tanner, boost a droopy butt, calm razor burn, lift a saggy bust, slim the middle, tone bat wings, soften rough patches, end pit pudge, soothe rosacea flare ups, erase stretch marks, nix bacne with tea tree oil (this one really got me because she was applying it with a q-tips, essentially going over her imperfections with a fine tooth comb).
I thought I had flaws, but according to this magazine I am a monster! I don’t think I understood the need for body positivity until the moment I read this magazine. People are making money off of nitpicking the smallest ‘flaws’ that women can have. I say women, but I shouldn’t minimize the stress they put on men to lose weight, after all there were two men in the magazine; some guy who had switched to the keto diet and a ‘handsome’ harbour seal on the final page.
I finally got to Annie Potts bit, it was a laugh, if I am being honest. It had nothing to do with staying thin, instead the article focussed on being stress free. Walking, drinking water with fruit in it, soup, and practicing forgiveness. The only weight loss segment she had was her ‘Secret Slimming Solution’ where she says that if she has a craving she will eat sweet potato chips. Sorry Annie, but, I DONT BELIEVE YOU.
I think Annie either has the kind of body that knows how to handle carbs, or she actually doesn’t really eat carbs. I am guessing the latter. If I had a magazine, I think I would stick to one topic and really focus on it. This magazine bounced around a lot from one kind of diet to another and the person they concentrated on to sell it, doesn’t even have experience with weight loss!
I say for the remainder of my weight loss journey, I might stay away from the social magazines for a while. The amount of flaws that they introduce is disturbing, off putting, and discouraging, three things nobody needs.
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