Saturday, February 6, 2010
A Saturday Rant - The Nutrisytem Commerical
I decided to post a Saturday rant to express my extreme distaste for the latest, ubiquitous Nutrisystem commercial.
Marie Osmond doesn't really bother me; it's that Skeletor-on-crack-with-a-tanning-bed Amy that irks me to no end! With gripping commentary like "I didn't feel comfortable in my own skan" and "I went to the pool with my kads", I am ready to hurl. I found others that feel as I do as well.
If you really, really need something like Nutrisystem to lose weight then that is your prerogative. There is no easy or secret method to losing weight though. Eat right and exercise and you will be healthy. Yes, I know that means different things for different people. Seriously though - why be lazy and follow some BS, overpriced, overproduced food plan? I honestly feel you should save your hard-earned dollars and skip the pricey processed food plan. Do your research, talk to your physician, and invest in yourself instead of wasting time and money on something you probably won't stick to anyways.
Have you read a Nutrisystem box? It's processed crap in my opinion. I don't even feel that it qualifies as actual food.
Amy looks like crap. Period. If that is what Nutrisystem does for you then I would stay away from it.
That's just my opinion.
UPDATE: March 6, 2010 The bashing that I have been getting for criticizing the Nutrisystem spokesmodel has uncovered some interesting links:
Forbes discusses the genius marketing that took Nutrisytem into amazing profits. Amy has been employed by them since 2005 and appears to be one of their most successful spokes models in terms of revenue for the company. Her story is very, very effective in speaking to Nutrisystem's target audience. I am not in this audience and hence the commercials annoy me as described above. Good deal for Amy though, what an awesome gig! She's able to train for marathons, be a well-paid company rep, and probably not give a darn what anyone says about her. Nutrisystem wins even bigger, in terms of profits.
Here's some of what Forbes said: Atlanta mom Amy Tashlik-Caplan raves for two solid minutes about her body, 33 pounds lighter thanks to NutriSystem. "Look at me, I'm a size 2," she says on a daytime cable TV commercial, skipping along a beach in a bikini, smooching her husband on a footbridge and cuddling her baby at a picnic. The before and after shots are powerful. Then comes the kicker: "My husband said, 'I got my wife back,'" she exclaims. Each time the spot airs, dozens of women call NutriSystem to place an order.
Those calls connect to a dingy building on the outskirts of Philadelphia. Inside, from 5 a.m. to midnight, 200 telemarketers, trained to cajole callers into disgorging a credit card number, work the phones. Each salesman is ranked on the wall by dollars per call. The top dog brings in $136 every time his phone rings; he will earn a six-figure commission this year.
UPDATE: August 5, 2013 Yes, you read that date right - this post sure has legs! Someone claiming to be Amy from the commercial sent me an email. Such a stir caused by little me. Interesting, for sure!