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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Stick out your tongue!

And get your tongue patch diet on! 
(click there to see what the hell I am talking about) 

Okay, so.....I've already told you that I am a diet junkie.  When I hear a promo for a new diet, I am all ga-ga and ready to learn all about it.   With this addiction, you can imagine how many diets I've come in contact with.  But, I have to tell you....this one has to be one of the most bizarre ever.  Go ahead, click on the link above and you will see what I am talking about.
Maybe the tongue patch diet works.  Maybe it doesn't. 
Don't knock it till you try it.....right?
 Hell, I am sure when someone first talked about putting a silicone band on one's stomach to help with weight loss (a la the Lap Band), lots of  folks probably saw it as all out crazy. 
But......a patch on your tongue to promote pain and discomfort so you don't eat?'s NOT LONG TERM?
Yeah, sounds all-out-crazy to me!
But, who am I to judge?
I am sure that cabbage soup diet I lived on for 3 weeks was pretty damn crazy in it's time....
(And, let me tell you---it WAS CRAZY......I hate cabbage!!!)

Before I knew what the tongue patch diet was, I heard the promo about a new diet that was going to be showcased on ABC's Nightline the other night.   Yes, Nightline is on at midnight and yes it was a work night.  But, geez, it was a new diet!  I  would gladly stay up for news on a new diet! 
So, I prepared myself for staying up late....on a Monday night no less!
I set up a little station of pillows on the couch, poured myself some really big glass of ice water, got myself all comfy and snuggled in and waited patiently for Nightline to come on. 
I dozed off a few times but when I heard the word "NEW DIET" come on the sleepy haze broke and I was completely awake and ready to learn all about this new diet. 

So, the premise---as far as I can tell--is to make it hurt to eat. 
It is supposed to jump-start your diet so that you lose about 20 pounds by making it painful to eat solid foods so that you end up drinking shakes.
Of course, you will lose weight by only drinking shakes.  Well, unless you drink some pretty damn high calorie shakes....
And, I am sure you could eat other soft ice cream and fully loaded mashed potatoes....
Believe me, I know my way around soft foods.....after 6 years of Lap Banding, I am the expert on yummy soft foods....
Besides the fact that this 10 minute procedure costs $2000 and is only left on for one month, it  just doesn't feel right to me.  Call me crazy and a bit judgmental but really?  REALLY?
Perhaps this expert sums up what I am thinking....

"I think it's a barbaric procedure," said Dr. Rob Huizenga, a specialist in long-term weight-loss who spent 14 seasons as an expert on "The Biggest Loser."
"This is so primitive an approach," Huizenga said. "You could hire somebody to hold a gun to your head and threaten to shoot you every time you eat. You could have somebody with a hammer hit you over the head every time you threaten to have something to eat." 

Time and time again, I have professed that I support everyone's choices when it comes to how they wish to improve their physical and emotional health and  strive to make their lives better.   So, once again, I want to drive that home---I do support diets and programs that are not life threatening.  Given that, I want to say that I am  NOT against the tongue patch diet.   Really, I am not.  
I just don't think it's for me.....I'd like to keep my tongue in tip-top shape....for all those other things I like to do with it......


Pumpkin said...

Man it just looks so painful!

FitBy40 said...

I heard about this a while back and man, just think about how bad it hurts when you bite your tongue, or get a paper cut from licking an envelope! Aaaagh! This is so stupid.
Thanks for sharing.