While researching health and nutrition topics, I've noticed new health-related pyramid companies similar to Avon and Mary Kay.

I remember my mom bringing home an Avon catalog from work when I was little and she said to pick out a few things that I wanted. As I got older and started following fitness models and body builders, I discovered the same type of companies, but instead of make-up and skin-care, they targeted weight loss and fitness coaching.

These companies, from my understanding, allow people to be their own sales person and personalize their business, but you have to start at the bottom to work your way up. The more you sell, the more money you get and the more incentives you acquire. People from my high school and college are now joining that band wagon, for their own reasons, and occasionally posting something on social media

These companies, from my understanding, allow people to be their own sales person and personalize their business, but you have to start at the bottom to work your way up. The more you sell, the more money you get and the more incentives you acquire.

People from my high school and college are now joining that band wagon, for their own reasons, and occasionally posting something on social media about open spots on their sales team. Some of the products they're selling include the notorious fat loss wraps and fat burning pills.


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This method of selling products is not ideal. It doesn't get you money quickly and it involves recruiting anyone and everyone. I don't know every detail about these companies, but I have been asked to join several. I gave it a try, but immediately realized that I couldn't keep up with it. It requires a lot of being annoying on social media. On the other (cynical) hand, it's a smart tactic because people are vulnerable, especially if they want to lose weight or better their skin.

I'm not bashing the people who already sell these products, because obviously if they're still doing it, they're successful. However, a lot of the products aren't approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and the advertisements that talk of "transformations" are usually just flukes. Weight transformation pictures are typically taken in different lighting, or the photo is edited. I've seen it many times.

I know for a fact that the wrap craze isn't something that cures obesity overnight. Let's be real. If you wear a hair tie on your wrist or a ring on a certain finger long enough, the skin in that place will become indented. If you wrap your entire stomach and go to sleep, in the morning it'll look a tad bit slimmer because the area was constrained all night. Think the product through before you buy.

Before joining a health company to make extra money on the side or to lose a few extra pounds, Google a review. As humans, we Google every single question that comes to mind. Why not research a new business opportunity?

There's plenty of evidence that losing weight can be done easily and healthily with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Vitamins that are accredited is something to consider consuming, but supplements and pills that aren't approved are not necessary to lose weight.

On the other hand, if you want some extra cash and want to work for a company that sells honest products, go for it! Be a coach and help others live a healthier life, but don't put your own well being in danger to do so.

— Contact Makayla-Courtney McGeeney at 802-490-6471.