Aim for the Stars: Handling Misinformation

As you continue using the Orion signpost to help you hunt for answers, you must be able to sift through all the data that exists. Taurus, the Bull, will serve as a reminder to be careful in what you see, read, and believe. I’m telling you there is no quick “fix” to losing weight and achieving a healthy lifestyle.

the constellation Taurus

However, you would think there’s an easy path to success after seeing many bogus (Bull) claims made by paid celebrities on TV or in print. You will often hear: “Take this pill,” “Sprinkle this,” “Buy this piece of exercise equipment,” “Order our special food,” “Buy our special slimming belt,” “Don’t weigh in—no meetings or counting!,” or “Just buy this meal plan.” You’re constantly being bombarded with this malarkey (Taurus), and you need to remind yourself not to buy into this hooey (Taurus). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) constantly monitors these sort of plans, but they can’t catch everything.

The irony is that in all this misinformation, buried in the glitzy advertising, a real solution can be found. Stop and look more closely. At the end of the ad, in fine print or at the bottom of your TV screen, also in fine print, you can find a plan. Look for the phrase, “Combine our product with a sensible eating plan and moderate exercise, and you will lose weight.” None of these quick-fix plans has the essential ingredient that’s really needed to go along with eating sensibly and exercising. So why it is necessary to buy a magic piece of exercise equipment, a drug, or an expensive plan? Seems like a lot of phooey (Taurus).

You won’t find any fine print at TOPS. TOPS leads with a sensible eating plan (including portion control) and moderate exercise. But you already know this. There is no shoveling of gobbledygook (Taurus). We just sprinkle in support and some recognition to complete an inexpensive, successful plan for you to follow. You won’t find any paid endorsers or “special products.”

TOPS is honest about weight loss. It’s challenging and you don’t have to try it alone. Taurus, the Bull, will be there reminding you to stay true and not fall for any quick fixes. Shout to the world that you aren’t going to ride the Bull to failure. Enhance the support you get by letting everyone know that you are Real People with Real Weight Loss … and that is no hogwash (Taurus).


This is part five of the multipart series, “Aim for the Stars.” In my next blog, we’ll look upward to the constellation Pisces.

Missed the beginning of our journey through the constellations? Check out the rest of Aim for the Stars.


3 thoughts on “Aim for the Stars: Handling Misinformation

  1. People are so desperate for that rapid loss. In addition, they always feel, hey I did everything right, exercise, eat right portion control, not snacking and I didn’t lose anything and that detours them from staying with the plan.

    It takes patience, diligence and motivation and will power. The other thing is realization. Recently, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia and I am insulin dependent type 2 diabetes. They put me on a low carb diet and I loss 3 lbs the 4 days I was in the hospital. While a lot, what I realized was the portions and types of foods were totally different. So a specific diet plan may not be for you and neither is the way of calcuating. You must truly be patient and give yourself the room to grow and learn.

    None of us gain this weight overnight, and while we’d all like to see great losses ALL THE TIME. Its just not possible or practical.

    Hang in there! I have since 2004. Tops has really helped me. I have many stumbling stones, but the support I get is unimagineable and the friendships are truly worth it all! They are for a lifetime, or as long as they will have me.

  2. And actually, this falls in well with the Connect the Dots with TOPS Advocate program we are presenting. At one place we talk about fad diets and this is an excellent example of how everything requires sensible eating and exercise! Thanks.

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