Whenever a low carber demonstrates how clueless they are, you can be sure to read about it here!
No, Jimmy hasn't come to his senses and actually given the WW "scam" a try to lose those stubborn pounds his deranged metabolism hath wrought. Instead, he's focused on Charles Barkley in a post entitled: Even Spokesman Charles Barkley Isn’t Taking Weight Watchers Too Seriously.
Apparently, Barkley has lost close to 40 lbs on WW and is a spokesman for WW's "Lose Like a Man" program. I've not seen any spots -- something that according to Jimmy qualifies me as living the life of a hobbit -- but what with Dan Marino, Don Shula and now Terry Bradshaw shilling for Nutrisystem, WW going after the male demo is a no-brainer. We've discussed here a few times how the appeal of Paleo and LC and the success men seem to have on such plans is at least partly due to being able to eat those man foods, and the manliest of foods, the steaks, burgers and bacon. But as several readers have pointed out, many of these foods can be worked into a WW or other flexi-style essentially calorie controlled plan. It's easy enough to find the point values for McDonalds so that Jimmy, you could have gone there back in 1999 were you on WW, and worked it into your plan, and not had to go on a bender where you regained over 170 lbs in a few months.
One has to be a special sort of deluded to take the SNL "I'm so hungry" schtick out of context there. Yeah, probably not the best from Weight Watcher's point of view, but this is not the worst of Jimmy's "low clue" moments in that post. That would be his interpretation of Barkley's "open mic" moment during his NBA day job. Unfortunately, the video is no longer available on YouTube for copyright issues. Barkley was chit chatting with his co-hosts, and from my recollection, it went something like this: Yeah, I lost like 2 lbs a week on WW and I've lost 38 lbs and it wasn't that hard and I feel pretty good. If you think this is a scam (getting paid to watch basketball games, give commentary/analysis), this WW endorsement deal is an even bigger scam. Anyone who could construe that video to be that the WW program is a scam is, truly, in a deluded state. It's funny, because Jimmy correctly characterized the video as just that: "being their spokesman is an even “bigger scam” than getting to watch sports for a living".
The way I see it, Barkley, like many ex-athletes, had put on enough extra weight to where he stopped looking like an ex-athlete -- especially on camera. While nobody listens/watches him for his looks, there's always a steady stream of photogenic, younger retirees coming down the pike. So Sir Charles, I'm sure, decided he needed to lose weight anyway , and doing so would benefit his career and financial bottom line. I have no desire to watch all the vids, and I'm not sure how that went down (did WW go to him or he go to WW as it seems Bradshaw did with NS and does it matter?), but if you've got to lose weight, can you think of a better gig than getting paid for it? Such gigs have done wonders resurrecting the fading career of Valerie Bertinelli, after all. Can anyone reading this think of anything better than getting paid to lose weight you're trying to shed anyway?
I mean, come on. Helloooooo Jimmy. The only reason you are making a living doing what you do is because you lost some weight. No doubt you would love to be famous enough to become a spokesman for Atkins a la Courtney Thorne-Smith. Too bad your newfound shunning of Frankenfoods might prevent that from ever happening ... or we'll have an installment for the Hypocritical Low Carb Living series.....
Now, I don’t have a problem with anyone trying to take care of themselves financially by brokering deals with companies that want to use your brand to help market their products. Charles Barkley is a brand whether he wants to admit it or not.Does Barkley deny he's a "brand"? Sheez Jimmy.
And a lot of guys really like him for his humor, honesty, and coming across as being one of us. But with him basically stating the only reason he’s really doing this Weight Watchers gig is to make money, that’s a problem.
That's not what he said Jimmy. But so what if it is? At this point a good case could be made that the only reason you tenaciously adhere to a low carb plan that is not working for you is because it's your money making gig. Jimmy needs to be REALLY careful pointing fingers in this regard. There's no doubt in my mind that his "going paleo" is as much a business move as anything, and if you don't believe me, go waste a few hours reading through his menus blogs and all the times people tried to suggest you give up the frankenfoods. And Quest bars are NOT real food, nor are the Life Shotz ... and if you are no longer eating these foods, then shame on you for having them sponsor you. And shame on you for your endorsement of Amy Dungan's website ("One of the best-looking low-carb resources I have seen in a very long time. Healthy Low-Carb Living organizes just about everything you could ever want about livin’ la vida low-carb in one lovely package. " - Jimmy Moore, Livin' La Vida Low-Carb) now, because her blog is largely product reviews for low carb junk food. Don't get me started on tacking "Paleo" on to your LC cruise long before you went paleo, a cruise sponsored by CarbSmart, an outfit founded and run by the obese Andrew DiMino. I mean really, man, have you no shame? Have you cut loose the CarbSmart $$, or did they cut you loose with the n=1 experiments? ... Jimmy continues:
Sure, he’s lost weight and I’m happy that he has. But as someone who also lost a substantial amount of weight on a calorie-restricted, low-fat diet in 1999, that way of eating is simply not sustainable. Hunger will drive cravings and there will come a point in your life that you will succumb to that desperate desire to feed your body. Unfortunately, it will most likely be fast food, junk food and lots of it! I’ve been there, done that before and I’m afraid we’ll see the same thing happen to Barkley in the not-too-distant future.
Yeah Jimmy, it's not like you know anyone, ahem, who has gained back all the weight lost on low carb and then some, not to mention many overweight low carbers who remain so (most of the guests of Low Carb Conversations it would appear) . I won't mention your chicken wing, butter and sugar-free chocolate binges. Oops, guess I just did. :p
Here I thought you were all for everyone finding what works for them. Looks like Charles has. Why not wish him well rather than devoting a whole blog post bashing, yet again, someone who dares make some money off any consumption of carbohydrates.
Before I leave this, I can't help but think TV ... Jimmy ... and making a money off one's brand. Jimmy makes his living as an LC weight loss "success" story. Twice what he used to make in his former career in customer service.
Maybe, just maybe, Jimmy should start using recent photos of himself to sell his "brand". Don'tcha think Jimmy?? At least Barkley is by all accounts eating WW plan and achieving results. On the other hand, few if any who are making money off of low carb can claim the same, including you and the owners of businesses and websites doing the same. When I think scam, I don't think former NBA star losing weight on WW and getting paid for the endorsement. I think blogger using 7 year old avatar photos that look nothing like his current self being paid by third parties for the eyeballs on his site.
Why don't you join me in congratulating Charles, being a little envious that he's able to make money in the process, and wishing him success in maintaining his newer healthier physique. What's with the celeb attacks lately anyway? Hey! Here's an idea. Why don't you do WW paleo-style to lose down to a 38" waist and STAY THERE for a year. Chronicle your efforts and maybe in 2014 you too can be a paid spokesperson for WW, and spread the good word of low carb and paleo. I'm rooting for ya!