One of the new shock books on the market, “Six Weeks to OMG” has captured the imaginations of women across the UK, and is spreading across the world. “Get skinnier than all your friends,” the front cover declares. After hearing my sister squeaking indignantly at the computer screen, and my mother ranting about how such a book got published, I had a look online myself.
Many sites have picked it up, inviting nutritionists in to look at what the book says you should do in order to lose weight. Lose 10-20 pounds of fat in six weeks; every woman’s dream, surely. But how necessary is that to our well-being? Having found excerpts and parts of the book online, author Venice A. Fulton seems to feel that this is very important, urging you that your friends don’t want you to be happier than they are.
“I just want you to realize something about friends. It applies to people you might work with too.
They’re scared. Not jealous, scared. Applying this book could rocket you to happiness and they don’t want to be left behind. Of course they could do the same, but we humans seem to think that only one person can be successful at a time!”
As somebody who has found some fantastic friends, I think I’d prefer to listen to them than something some random actor (oh yeah, meet Paul Khanna, also known as Venice) who apparently has a sports science degree. Definitely over the numerous studies and nutritionists that completely discount what he says in his book. But what are some of Venice’s tips for that perfect body?
- Have cold baths.
- Skip breakfast.
- Drink two cups of black coffee (no sugar or milk) a day.
- Blow up balloons.
- Exercise for an hour before eating.
As somebody who is quite body conscious, I still can’t help to find this “diet” insane. Depriving your body of much needed food, and convincing simply trying to speed up your metabolism? I’d much prefer to try to be happier in my own skin, and I can’t help but wholeheartedly agree with some of the comments made on one of the articles on the book, including Nicola‘s and CherrySue‘s.
“Any diet that vilifies fruit and veg is pure bonkers.
I’ve actually done the ‘fasted cardio’ thing before, BY ACCIDENT. Went out on the bike and forgot to bring any food with me (that’s why cycling is my exercise of choice – I get to eat while I’m doing it). I’d had a coffee before I left, so the caffeine fooled me into thinking I wasn’t hungry. But instead of coming back thinner, I ended up taking twice as long as I should have and almost passing out more than once. It affected me for hours – I didn’t know which way was up.
Food is energy, not the enemy.
Aha! There’s my book title. And my name shall be… Sligo. Beat that, Venice.”
The entire book feeds directly into the self absorbed pshyce of teenage girls, ‘OMG, haterz will be so jel!’, when the fact is there’s not a lot of your peer group that give a flying flute what your weighing scale says, they’re too busy gazing into their own navel.
While, yes, obesity is a problem in this country, so is the steady decline of mental health and rise in depression from very early ages. You only need look at the escalating suicide rates in our young population. Any published tat that encourages isolation and self worth based on weight should be ridiculed and shown for what it is. Tat.
The emphasis should be put on how eating well makes you feel, how regular excersize [sic] gives you a natural adrenalin boost like no other feeling in the world. Also, a healthy lifestyle includes healthy relationships with others – especially, OMG, parents.”
Check out Venice’s first video about his book below.
What do you think?