Guest Blogger Leslie Adler: I hate liars. Not the occasional white lie teller ... "white liars" (can I call them that?) who stretch the truth to protect from hurting one's feelings but full blown liars who spread falsehoods for their benefit and to your detriment. These people are bad and they should not be rewarded for their lies with fame and fortune.
Take Rachel Ray and "30 Minute Meals," for instance. She's a liar. These meals are only "express" or capable of being cooked in 30 minutes if you have a staff of 12 chopping and dicing and slicing for four hours before you get to the 30 minutes. I admittedly am no Chef Boyardee but I can tell time and I am pretty sure Rachel has a staff ... it's no secret, my friends. "30 Minute Meals With A Staff," now this would be an honest title.
What about Jamie Brenkus and "8 Minute Abs?" This too is crap. I have something short of a six-pack and I have been working on these muscles for oh ... 11 years. Forgive me, but I am a little resentful of anyone who claims this can be done in 8 minutes ... unless they mean 8 minutes per hour for six hours per day. Liars!
Or Rich Dad's "60 Minutes To Getting Rich." In one hour, this guy can teach you how to get out of the rat race. In less time than Speedy Gonzalez can run ten miles, you can learn the financial secrets of success, transform your life and take the path to financial freedom! Hallelujah! Where do I sign up? I've got a free hour between my day job and my nighttime gig.
Have you read "Eat This, Not That! Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds Or More!" Did you know that choosing a cinnamon roll at Au Bon Pain over Cinnabon will save you 463 calories and 20 grams of fat?! How does this save you 30 pounds? If you are eating 30 pounds worth of Cinnabons, you've got bigger problems than this book can address.
I'm just saying...
To my Vuvs who are always striving to do it all, I think liars who claim to have shortcuts to desirable goals are not helping us and a little truth is all I am asking for.
Like a disclaimer in Rachel's books that says, "If you have no talent in the kitchen before you buy this book, you still will have no talent in the kitchen after you read it ..."
How about "60 minutes to read this short book and a lifetime to attempt to implement its advice and make and save some money ..."
And finally, "Shut your mouth, eat nothing shown in this book and you've got a chance at losing some weight."
These books would not sell, but we would feel a lot better about our "muffin-top" selves (belly pouring over waistline of jeans) for not bringing home the bacon ($), not knowing it should be turkey low-fat bacon (eat this, not that) and not knowing how to fry it up in the pan (in 30 minutes or less).
Remember, a half-truth is a whole lie.
Keep it real, Vuvs!
|Leslie Adler is the founder of The Vuv Club.|