According to People magazine, Kirstie Alley’s organic dieting helped her reach a loss of 100 pounds this past summer. Alley reportedly hit a wall a few years ago in 2008 when her weight reportedly reached 230 pounds.
Besides her popularity as a charismatic actress, the 5 foot 7 inch star has been known for her fluctuating weight problem, which has brought on insults she mostly takes in stride.
On September 13, 2011, Alley made her modeling debut walking for Zang Toi during New York’s Fashion week where she showed off her new curves and 100 pound loss. Alley credits her weight loss success and new-found energy from organic supplement products and an organic diet she helped design. Now her weight loss program is available online through Organic Liaison, an expensive membership diet program.
Here are a few positive and negative aspects about Alley’s Organic Liaison diet program.
Organic Liaison is Expensive
The full Organic Liaison program with all the organic vitamins and supplements that purportedly help people lose cravings cost $139 a month, and their credit cards are conveniently and automatically charged every month. The first month costs $139 and then the price is reduced to $119 a month, making the anual costs exceed $1,400. As with most weight loss product membership programs, there may also be additional shipping and handling costs.
No Specific Scientific Evidence
According to Alley’s website, Organic Liaison products are backed by “experts in the fields of organics, nutrition, medicine, and fitness to create outstanding natural weight loss and diet supplements.” However, there is no information about specific clinical trials or any specific evidence that support their effectiveness, so there is no proof the products work.
No FDA Approval
While Alley claims Organic Liaison products are certified organic by the U.S.D.A., like most weight loss supplements, they’re not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Organic Weight Loss
Some evidence suggests that an organic diet may help people lose weight more effectively; however, there is no real scientific proof yet. “Some studies published in journals such as Obesity Reviews and Toxicological Sciences indicate that, because toxins are stored in body fat, they can make weight loss difficult, if not impossible,” says Vera Tweed in the Better Nutrition article “Deep Cleaning.”
Does Organic Liaison Work?
An organic whole foods diet may very well help people drop pounds, as many health experts suggest; however, dieters still need to count and eat fewer calories if they want to see results. Alley’s website does in fact promote the idea that calories count, and there are tools to help dieters track calories. Health experts also suggest that eating a high-nutrient whole foods organic diet like the Forks Over Knives diet does help fight cravings. So although Alley’s advice about organic eating and calorie counting seem sound, her endorsing and profiting off her own specific product still create a conflict of interest.
Kirstie Alley’s weight loss success is inspiring, and her site has some tools included with the membership fee that are laudable, such as a Daily Journal, a Calorie Counter and an Organic Network Locater that helps people find organic foods in their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, Organic Liaison does not appear to be worth the costs. By doing a little research, people can find similar tools on the Web for free, find organic foods on their own and purchase similar organic vitamins and supplements for much less money.
“Kirstie Alley After 100lb Weight Loss.” HuffPost Celebrity.
Leonard, Elizabeth. “Kirstie Alley’s New Life 100 Lbs. Lighter!” People. September 21, 2011.
Tweed, Vera. “Deep Cleaning.” Better Nutrition. Jun2011, Vol. 73 Issue 6, p41-44.