Our post on freezing your credit cards in a block of ice got me thinking. Anything that slows, stops, or impedes making transactions can be used as a technique for limiting your spending. Whatever it may be, cutting up your credit cards, locking up most of your money in an account it takes 3 days to transfer from, giving yourself an allowance, it will be a variation on a single principle: It’s easier to put a hard limit on the future then to make the right decision in the impulsive moment. Installing some kind of an automatic hiccup can help break you out of your desire-driven action and give you the breathing room to step back and make the right choice. So if you have trouble with overspending (or overeating or any kind of bad habit) and your sheer willpower is sometimes lacking, aka, you’re human, try brainstorming ways you can trip yourself up. The world is full of obstacles, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one.
Reader Tim sent us this seemingly oxymoronic photo from his local Kroger in Grayson, GA. It reads, “Buy any 4 Healthy Choice meals and get 1 free Breyers Ice Cream.” Be warned, if you follow this diet you will probably notice that your ice cream is shrinking more rapidly than your waistline.
Last week, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the PA-based company Pure Weight Loss and its owner, Vahan Karian. Pure Weight Loss, which has about 400 stores nationwide, announced last December that it was going out of business, and yet continued to accept pre-payment from unaware customers up to four days after posting the announcement on its website. Since closing, it has failed to reimburse customers fees for unfulfilled contracts or deliver the supplies they’ve already bought.
“Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.”
Reader Greg sends the above photo of his local CVS. Now there’s a diet….or perhaps just a helpful suggestion for those shoppers who are often drawn to this particular aisle.—MEGHANN MARCO
Jared points out his amusing list of the top 10 ways to tell if a weight loss program is a buncha snake oil.
No, it doesn’t. But now that the lo-carb craze is over (again), our cholesterol-drenched hearts heaved a few millimeters higher to hear the results of the latest report decrying the Atkins Diet fad.
What’s healthier? Eating a “heart smart” chocolate bar packed with antioxidant flavanols or not eating a chocolate bar at all? Mars, maker of M&Ms and Snickers, is promoting their new ‘healthy’ branding experiment CocoaVia, suggesting that the consumption of two portions of the dark, hippie chocolate will help to reduce bad cholesterol.