Week 7- Powders And Patches And Pills! Oh My!

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file0002134848503 (1)Recently, I’ve been seeing several new MLM fitness products and marketing schemes come across my social networking feeds. I’m troubled that people I know are taken in by them. They are hard working, intelligent, well-meaning individuals who just have crazy busy lives and want to look good and feel good.

There are many dangers associated with products that are distributed via “pyramid” style schemes that mimic MLM’s. Make sure you are not someone who introduces those dangers into their life. This is not a warning about any particular brand or product, just information to help you determine whether or not it’s right for you.

Let’s begin by recognizing that, yes, we live in a world that bombards us with stress and hard work for the average human, leaving little time for family, friends, fun, or personal fitness. This is a fact. Some MLM’s are perfectly legitimate, while others are just a few reports away from a lawsuit by a State Attorney General.

The dangers of MLMs distributing fitness products might include:

  • Many contain multiple, high dosage stimulants. These may be derived from plants, but so is a coffee bean, and we know there are healthy limits to drinking coffee.
  • Problems associated with stimulants include: fatigue, depression, vomiting, stomach pain, disturbance of sleep patterns,feelings of hostility or paranoia, psychosis, anxiety, dangerously high body temperature, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular failure or seizures after repeated or long term use. Stimulants are now only used to treat a small number of conditions as a last resort when other treatments don’t workf for good reason.
  • Problems associated with withdrawl from stimulants include: Fatigue, insomnia, depression, nightmares, slow motor skills.
  • Ultimately, the product a MLM sells is secondary. The product the MLM wants to sell you is the opportunity to sign up more buyers.
  • Many MLM”s have up to a 70% dropout rate within a year of sign up. This may indicate either that members lack funds to continue when their own recruits quit, or that the product isn’t a healthy or useful choice in the long term.
  • The “70% Rule”, a legal regulation of MLM’s, has been determined in litigation to mean that 70% of all sales must come from those who are NOT distributors. Each person down-line from you who refers more sales is, in fact, considered a distributor. If your MLM is clearly back loaded by distributor “sales” to other distributors, you might want to get out now before your State Attorney General files charges against the MLM as a Pyramid Scheme.
  • On average, approximately 2% at the top of MLM’s earn real money that makes the work worthwhile or doesn’t exceed their product intake costs.
  • MLM’s exploit your relationships with others to push their products. These relationships are important in your life and putting them in the middle of a business transaction can have a negative impact on your life, further adding to your stress levels.

These are just a few of the problems associated with jumping on an MLM bandwagon for your fitness needs. To learn about the connection between MLM’s and what has come to be known as a “Pyramid Scheme”, check out this Wikipedia post, in which it explains that an indication that the MLM is a Pyramid Scheme is that real profits are earned, not by the sale of the product, but by the “sale” of new distributorships. A safer solution would be to adopt a healthy life-style by simply adding persistent physical activity and healthy food to your routine.

You may not believe it while you are immersed in the hype of whatever product you are currently in the middle of pushing to your friends and neighbors, but someday, you will stop using the product. When you do, you may experience physical withdrawal symptoms, leave behind damaged relationships, and be even farther from your financial goals than you were when you began.

What It All Comes Down To

Being fit and living a healthy life won’t happen if you believe a pill, a powder, or a patch will magically make you healthy. They won’t. Sure, with all of those stimulants in your system, you may lose a bit of weight, but will you build muscle? Is your goal to just get through the day more efficiently than you did before because you are more alert and able to sustain yourself for more hours? Or is it more important to build strength and be fit to meet the physical challenges we are met with every day?

The healthy way to achieve this would be to engage in a fitness regimen that builds muscle, rather than just losing weight, and gives your body the nutrients it needs naturally, from healthy food. Muscle requires more from your body, increases your metabolism, and burns more calories on an daily basis. Skimping on real fitness because there aren’t enough hours in the day may lead to less hours- and days- in your life.

Make A Choice

If you want to feel better, have more energy, lose weight safely, enjoy life more fully, then see your doctor and get approval to begin a fitness plan. Learn how food works in your body. Eat only delicious foods that are good for you. Determine a physical activity that feels good to do and do it regularly. Lose fat, build muscle. Treat your body right. Spend the money you would waste on an MLM scheme to line someone else’s pockets on real food that doesn’t come in a cardboard box or in a pill or patch. Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and quality meats and dairy if you are so inclined. Begin a mindful life of fitness that lasts your whole life.

Getting fit the natural way isn’t a fast process. It takes time. Lots of time. But that’s the point. It isn’t about “getting” fit. It’s about being fit, and that is a lifetime pursuit, not a magical patch or pill. If you are eating right and exercising, you are being fit right now. If you get healthy and stay healthy, you’ve got the rest of your life to enjoy it, and you will notice positive changes for as long as you live.

Can you make a commitment to yourself to be fit? As always, share any thoughts on this topic in the comment section. Your contribution is appreciated and important! I’m sure anyone who is currently engaged in the type of practice I’ve described in this post will come to its strident defense if they read this. I welcome their comments in defense of the scheme, but not their advertising on this site for the “product”.

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