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Spray your way to weight loss (by lightening your wallet)

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Sometimes the posts just come to you. As a result of my post yesterday I gained a new follower on twitter: @weightlossspray. Really? A spray that promotes weight loss? I know that there’s been some preliminary research into reducing cravings through scents but I’m still skeptical about how effective they’ll prove to be.

Curiousity piqued, I decided to take a look at the company website. Their product SlenderMist for Weight Loss comes in four different flavours. Designed to give you “what your body needs to satisfy cravings – without overeating or the use of drugs”. Allegedly these nutrients will keep you feeling satisfied in between meals: “Dietary options today can cost a health-conscious American thousands of dollars each year, and the results may be short-lived. A proper diet and exercise schedule is still the best option, but can be difficult at first. Slender-Mist® can help you through the most trying of times, satisfying the urge to eat and replenishing your system.” I feel like I shouldn’t even have to say anything. I mean really, how is a $22.47 bottle containing 30 “servings” a more affordable option than actually eating nutritious food? The recommended usage is: “2-4 sprays, each time you feel the urge to snack and 15 minutes before each meal.” Conservatively, let’s say someone just uses it before meals, that’s three times a day. Therefore, one bottle would last 10 days. Over the course of a year this would add up to roughly $820. For a few unnecessary vitamins (these are primarily the same vitamins I was blogging about yesterday).

Two lessons here: 1. Don’t waste your money on weight loss spray vitamins. 2. Don’t use an automated system to follow people on twitter as you may end-up having them blog about your useless product.

Author: diana chard

I'm a registered dietitian living in Nova Scotia, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

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