Weight loss is challenging, painful and sometimes even boring (no more fun with hot fudge sundaes). But rarely does it involve having someone else take credit for your success. However, that's precisely what happened to diet blogger Roni Noone, reported ABC News on August 22. And her tale highlights what some view as the deception that typifies the diet industry.
About Roni: She is a successful woman who, after years of trying every diet and fitness plan that she could find, managed to lose 70 pounds through healthy lifestyle changes. Triumphant, she's maintained a popular blog about her weight loss journey and even authored a book to help others: "GreenLiteBites: Favorites From the First 3 Years" (click for details). As a result, she was horrified when she found that a company had taken the photos that she posted about her progress and then used those photos to sell their own diet products.
“I started a blog and kind of committed to journaling my thoughts and feelings regardless if I was gaining or losing,” Roni explained to ABC News. She termed it "scary" that someone could abuse her success and photos, using them to sell a product “without even one grain of truth." And her message to others: Be aware of the reality of the do-it-yourself weight loss path that she traveled. “It’s not possible to sell weight loss in a bottle; it doesn’t exist,” she said. “I got happy, then I got skinny.”
Worth noting: ABC News reported on her story on August 22, which is the same day that Katie Couric featured a segment on the diet industry warning about their deceptions. And the message for consumers longing for slim-down success: Look for a healthy lifestyle plan rather than a quick-fix promoted by before and after photos. There is no fountain of youth for longevity - and there are no magical bottles of pills for weight loss.