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Beware! Pseudo-articles about how to lose weight to appear in a restaurant near you!

By Michelle May, M.D.

woman yelling at scaleI need to vent! I just got a call from someone trying to sell me “the opportunity” to place a 300 word article about my “weight loss center” (that’s obviously NOT what I do so he must have pulled my name from some list) that would go in the front of a “laminated magazine” that will go on the tables at various major chain restaurants in my area for people to read while they wait for their meal.

And get this! He said, “You can say anything you want about your center and about what they should do to lose weight.”

I let him know that I don’t pay to place pseudo “articles.” I offered to write a legitimate article about enjoying a mindful meal – appreciating this wonderful opportunity to dine out, paying attention to hunger and fullness signals to determine how much to order and eat, savoring each bite, and then going home feeling comfortable and content. Needless to say, he wasn’t interested if it wouldn’t make him any money to publish it.

It makes me furious that some expensive weight loss center will certainly pay to place an article full of restrictive messages for people to read while they wait to for their meal to arrive. They will never suspect that the information they are being fed is a bunch of garbage – but they will know that their food didn’t taste as good and they felt guilty when they were done.

Beware of what you read – even if it looks credible!


About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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