I am product testing items lately. Not sure how that happened, but I find the most interesting and helpful products this way. My latest test product is the “George Forman Grill” and Weight Loss Challenge, a new and improved version sent to me by my new friend Stephanie from New York City. I have actually used a “George Forman Grill” before and I liked its simplicity. To grill food without the work involved with outdoor cooking was a unique concept when first introduced to the public in 1994. My old “George Forman Grill” was given to me as a gift about fifteen years ago, unfortunately, it was awkward to clean, l dropped it, and broke the grill plate. I had to throw it away. My new grill comes with removable grill plates, a leveler so that I can choose between grilling my food on the traditional downward sloping angle or, flat, as if I were grilling a Panini, and a diet plan.
The diet plan is linked to a Registered Dietitian/Physical Trainer site-that’s good news- and includes in the box a recipe book. I searched around the weight loss challenge website and found some quite useful information. I downloaded the fitness and food records to recommend to patients. It is just as good as anything else out there and it is free. I went on YouTube to watch a few videos from GFG experts on how to cook, clean and follow the new diet plan which were useful and interesting. But then, I found the most hilarious YouTube videos from amateurs who had their own secrets on using the famous grill. For me, this is a gift from the You Tube gods and why a Registered Dietitian will never lack work.
Will this inspire me to lose weight? I cannot say yet. Weight loss is not for the weak willed it takes lots of time and determination to get it right. Also, there are many variables involved in making a weight loss decision. Behavior change techniques are constantly being reinvented as scientists study the mechanical and emotional aspects of diet. Boredom is huge in the world of weight maintenance, so variety is necessary to keeping a plan going. Many people have success in losing weight, and particularly in the early phase, especially when they have not tried for a long time or at all. The hard part is keeping it off and finding the interest in staying on plan.
Even the most seasoned athlete or chef has to stir up the mix to keep up with the latest trends and research. Every company it seems needs a gimmick to stay fresh in a large market world of health and fitness. I am now a proud owner of a device that I wear on my shoe that sends a Bluetooth signal that talks to my computer which tells my health insurance company how much exercise I do and if I do enough by a date the insurance company has decided on I will get the lower cost insurance rate. Is this fair? No! Have I given up my freedom? Only if I want to see a reduction in payment costs it is my choice to follow a diet or a fitness regimen.
Weight loss challenges use money as an incentive too. In this case it is a contest, not too terrible, it is positive reinforcement and I might win! My insurance provider uses a form of negative reinforcement and for me it does not feel right. But, in the end it may be more effective, we will have to wait and see. In the meantime the online contests are fun so give them a try. I want to see myself and others get healthy for the right reasons in the right way.