It was recently revealed that Melissa McCarthy used a controversial method to lose weight very quickly.  I want to be clear about this.  I am happy that she has lost some weight.  But I do not agree with the way she decided to lose the weight.

The use of diet pills never work.  Yes, you can see results quickly but they never last.  You are only solving one of your problems, not working toward a lifestyle change.  If you can’t change your eating habits or your relationship to food, you will never be able to maintain your new weight – without the pills.  Yes, these pills were endorsed and shown on the Dr. Oz show.  And yes, more celebrities use them to lose weight quickly.  But I don’t see this as a permanent fix.

The One About Diet Pills

Like I said before, with diet pills, you aren’t learning to treat food differently.  Melissa admits that she didn’t do anything to change her lifestyle.  She just started taking these pills.  What will happen when she stops taking them?  Does the weight stay off magically or will you gain it all back and then some?  I understand that she could have learned healthy habits while she was on the pills, but to maintain that level of weight loss that quickly seems wrong to me.

How can losing 50lbs in 5 weeks be healthy?  Seriously.  I don’t see that as healthy and I don’t see it as a sustainable solution.

This is what the article says about diets and weight loss:

The reason why most diets fail, in our opinion, is that they impose unrealistic restrictions on how you live your life. Many dietitians say eat lots of protein others emphasize carbohydrates. In either case, you’re left with having to make rather drastic changes to the types of food you eat, when you eat it.

Weight Watchers doesn’t impose unrealistic restrictions on what you eat.  Yes, you should eat less sugar and carbs, but you can eat those things if you want to.  You just have to do it in moderation.  Moderation isn’t a restriction, in my mind.  I haven’t made drastic changes to the types of foods either.  I have started eating more often and snacking on healthier things, so I guess those are considered drastic changes?

I know that with Weight Watchers, I can sustain this lifestyle.  I can still eat foods I love, like chicken phillys, chicken parmesan, or chocolate souffles.  I just have to cut out unhealthy things like donuts, fast food – things that you shouldn’t be eating anyways.  So, why would I add a diet pill to lose weight so quickly?  I don’t think it’s healthy to lose that much weight that quickly and I definitely don’t think it’s sustainable.  I guess time will tell.


Weekly Update:

  • Starting Weight on May 31, 2016 – 191 lbs
  • Current Weight on July 15, 2016 – 172.8 lbs
  • Total Weight Loss:  19.2 lbs

I am so close to losing 20lbs, I can almost taste it.  So close!

Meals Cooked:

  • Chicken Parmesan Rollups
  • Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
  • Sweet Chili Shrimp Tacos
  • Berry Turnovers


  1. I’ve been struggling with my weight on and off for years too. Moderation really is everything. I also firmly believe in allowing myself to indulge sometimes (after finding Halo Top, I have some almost every night), but I definitely don’t eat too many bad things. It’s all about balancing what you want and what you should have.

  2. Yea, I saw that Carrie took them too. And she is pretty healthy, as a vegan, so I think that her using them was to lose the baby weight. Diet pills scare me too. I have heard so many crazy side effects from some of them that I would rather not even try them. I’ll do it the right way, thank you very much!

  3. Yes! It is so much more about your relationship with food. No pill is magically going to cure you if you will still eat crap all the time. It’s all about healthy choices, and I personally don’t think healthy choices include diet pills.

  4. Well said! I have been struggling with my weight since I quit smoking 4 years ago and am finally at peace with what I weigh. I, like you, lost 20 pounds, but it has taken those four years and a good back and forth. Moderation is key in everything! Congrats on losing 20 pounds and good for you for doing it the right way!

  5. I saw the same article this weekend and was super intrigued. I guess Carrie Underwood took them to get rid of her baby weight faster, but she’s already healthy so hopefully it doesn’t bit her in the bum later. Diet pills just plain scare me, though. While tempting to lose weight fast, they can be bad for your heart and, like you said, make you gain the weight back once you stop taking them!

  6. I agree with you! I have struggled with my weight as an adult, and it’s more about having a healthy relationship with food. Diet pills won’t fix that for me. It’s all about healthy choices!

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