I’ve read a couple of articles in the past few days about Tracy Morgan “unofficially” becoming a spokesman for NutriSystem, because he’s lost 10 pounds on their program, reportedly.
His diet entails “whatever I can eat” on NutriSystem, which is also favored by Tori Spelling, Marie Osmond and Boy Meet’s World Danielle Fishel. “Corn Flakes, Cheerios, Rasin Brand, they have nutrition bars that are delicious,” he says. “I have them in my house.”
It would make sense if we found out he was being paid, as one columnist speculated, since A) a celebrity can afford way better prepackaged food, if not a personal chef; and B) why would a savvy celebrity be a free spokesperson for a product that so many other celebrities have cashed in on?
But I wasn’t going to post about that, as it seems only marginally shady. However, this article, sent in by Ilse, tells a NutriSystem story that is way shady.
Talkmaster Dan Patrick explained why he left ESPN during his XM Radio show Friday.
According to Patrick, the network honchos wanted him to go on NutriSystem and lose weight with other talking heads like Mike Golic and Chris Berman. When the 6-3 Patrick protested he was happy with his weight of 205 pounds, a bigwig pulled him aside and said, ”We want you to gain 25 pounds, then lose it on NutriSystem.”
Patrick said thanks but no thanks, and walked away from the network.
One of the other ESPN talking heads, Mike Golic, apparently took the deal, since he has lost 51 pounds so far on NutriSystem. However, he admitted some of the food is “awful” and the portions are small.
TMZ: What’s the worst?
Golic: Some of the dinners.
TMZ: Is it all microwavable?
Golic: Yeah, it’s all like that.
TMZ: You can’t survive on that. No wonder you lose weight.
Golic: Yeah, and you know what, the portions are small.
I’m not suggesting a link to Tracy Morgan because I have no idea what’s going on there, but in the case of these ESPN anchors, they were apparently pressured to gain weight (probably moving them artificially above their natural set points) and then lose it by eating “awful” food and pretending NutriSystem is an awesome diet. Ilse points out it’s also setting these guys up “for a lifetime of yo-yo dieting.”
What a scam.
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