The “Place”-ebo effect

So a certain television-star medical doctor whose name is synonymous with a mythical place has come up with a new secret weapon that helps you lose weight in a hurry. As it turns out, garcinia cambogia may be the latest diet fad, but isn’t the highly touted miracle that some have claimed. I realized long ago–I think it was about the same time that olestra came out–that if it seems too good to be true, read the label carefully.

By way of contrast, there is one thing about Richard Simmons that I always liked. He always told the truth about weight loss. He never tried to sell a miracle cure that would make you lose weight overnight. He discovered years ago what we all know if you stop to think about it: The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in. His emphasis was always on motivation, and for many, it worked.

But he loses me with the high-volume personality, the over-the-top enthusiasm, and the glitter jumpsuit. Fortunately, I found that getting outdoors fills the bill perfectly for me. It’s a quiet way to get some exercise. So you may want to try my method for burning fat. Do you want to go for a walk? (I’ll bet your dog does!) Exorcise those demonic calories through exercise. And while you’re at it, take in some nature. Lose weight, increase your creativity (as reported on NPR), and soak up the beauty of the natural world, all in one activity. I just talked myself into going for one right now. See you outside!–R

About Scott

The founding member of Terra Cotta Music, Scott is a guitarist, composer, educator, writer, and avid hiker. His love for the outdoors, especially the beautiful trails of Sedona, Arizona has been a great source of creative inspiration. He believes that a close connection to nature brings comfort to our souls and spirits, and tries to capture and reflect that in his music and in this blog. You can email him at
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