It is partly the time of year and partly the use of public transport that leads me to make what appears to be a very important public service announcement. In the UK we have a product called Ronseal*, its a wood stain, and its tag line is ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’ this seems to have been taken as a general assumption by too many people, it is not a guiding principle of life.
If it says ‘diet’ ‘low fat’ or ‘slimming’ on the wrapper then this is part of its name, it is not a special property, not a promise and not a matter of fact. If you eat diet food you are not dieting, if you eat low fat food you are not losing fat and because it has a picture of a slim person on the wrapper does not guarantee you will become slim!
I have just been observing a large lady on the train ploughing through rice cakes and diet snack bars, I don’t doubt she is mortified by the burden of her slow metabolism. The reason I stopped observing is because I left the train, not because she stopped eating in fact I am sure that she will continue for the duration of the journey and then some.
For the avoidance of all doubt, you lose weight when your effort is greater than your fuel, consume fewer calories and burn more, it may not suit you but its physics! If you consume your normal calories but from wrappers marked ‘diet’ you will not lose weight!
Do people really believe that the extra cost of this junk is indicative that it has super powers or that it contains anti-calories? Next thing you know people will believe that sports cars make you virile and attractive to the opposite sex!
*other wood products are available