Actress Kirstie Alley is on TV in her own reality show, Kirstie Alley’s Big Life. She also has a website called Kirstie Alleys Organic Liaison. It’s literally her website (KirstyAlley.com).
Reality TV shows are full of marketing but Kirstie’s reality show appears to be the first instance where a reality show is being used to market a specific line of weight loss supplements. Let’s now review Kirstie Alley’s weight loss program and see if it might help people lose weight.
Organic Liaison. How Does It Work?
Organic Liaison consists of several dietary supplements that are all said to be organic. These products include :
Rescue Me™ which is supposed to reduce appetite and boost energy. It’s also supposed to “cleanse” the body by removing “toxins” (we are not told what toxins it removes). Kirstie calls Rescue Me a “weight loss elixir” and says that it will “flood your body with the missing elements that makes weight loss and weight management an uphill battle”. One bottle contains 16 servings. Here is Rescue Me on Amazon.
Release Me™ which is basically a calcium and magnesium supplement. These supplements are said to “counteract acidity from food and drinks and toxins”. But you should know that there is no published peer reviewed proof that altering the acidity (or pH) of the body leads to weight loss.
Other attributes to calcium and magnesium are also mentioned (i.e. supporting muscle contraction, heart function etc). These other functions are true but ANY calcium or magnesium works just as well. Calcium and magnesium is pretty cheap too – especially when it’s in food. One bottle contains 30 servings. Here is Release me on Amazon.
Nightingale™. This is a supplement that’s supposed to help you sleep better. Kirstie’s website says it contains tryptophan , vitamin B6, vitamin C and folic acid. Tryptophan is often found in sleep aid supplements because it is converted to a chemical called serotonin which calms us down. Because turkey also contains tryptophan, this is also why people often say they get tired after Thanksgiving dinner.
Lack of sleep might cause people to eat more food (because they are awake more) and it might raise levels of cortisol which some suggest is liked to gaining weight; but the amount of tryptophan in a typical turkey dinner (and likely Nightingale) is probably not going to cause a significant sleep effect. Kirstie also says tryptophan can help relieve muscle pains. What kind of muscle pains? Muscle pains after exercise? If this is what is suggested, there is no proof of this claim. One bottle contains a 30 day supply. Here is Nightingale on Amazon.
Relieve Me™. This is a colon –cleansing supplement. The idea here is that if you cleanse your colon you get more energy. It’s a common claim made by colon cleansing advocates but what none of these “experts” ever tells us is that our colon cleanses itself very well naturally. Here is Relieve me on Amazon.
Our colons expand and contract regularly (it’s called peristalsis). This helps keep food moving through the digestive system. There is no proof that our colon has several pounds of undigested food / fecal matter that clogs us up, causing fatigue. Colon cleansing supplements are basically laxatives. Advocates probably use the word “cleanse” instead of laxative because they want to distance themselves from cheaper, over the counter products. People with health issues should be cautious of cleansing supplements. They may alter heart function.
For those who want a really cheap “cleanse” just take a walk. When we move, we help the body push food through the digestive system faster. This is why you often have to go to the bathroom after a workout.
Pagoda™. This is the name given to a blend of green tea. Kirstie’s website says this product is supposed to help you burn calories. This is because green tea contains caffeine. Caffeine is popular among weight loss supplements and here is the reason why:
- Caffeine has a mild fat burning effect. It helps pull fat from fat cells where it’s used to make energy.
- The more alert you are, in theory, the more physical activity you might do – and, the more weight loss that might occur.
Is the green tea in Pagoda any better than say, Lipton green tea? One bottle of Pagoda will last 30 days. Here is Pagoda on Amazon.
According to Kirstie’s website the complete Organic Liaison kit will cost you $139 a month. You also have to pay for your Organic Liaison membership. Currently this costs either $10 a month ($120 per year) or, if you pay up front, its $89 a year. For those who only want to try it for 1 month,
So, let’s do the math. If you were a member or Organic Liaison and assuming you took advantage of the $89/ a year membership, you would pay :
$139 per month for 12 months = 1668 a year
$89 yearly membership
Total : $1757 per year
So, you’re paying $1757 a year for Kirstie’s weight loss products and membership to her website.
You will actually pay more than this because organic food costs more than non-organic foods.
Membership does include perks like getting support from other members, finding supermarkets and restaurants that have organic foods and reading health articles.
Kirstie Alley’s Organic Liaison weight loss supplements are organic. But does organic mean faster or better weight loss? No it doesn't. To me, the word “organic” in Organic Liaison leads me to believe they are trying to link the healthy attributes of organic foods to weight loss.
But, no study has ever shown that eating organic foods would lead to faster or better weight loss than people who ate the same amount of calories in non-organic foods. Kirstie’s own website says that weight loss is about “calories in and calories out”. So, if this is the truth (and it is) then how would eating organic lead to superior weight loss? I can see how organic foods may be healthier, but superior weight loss makes no sense.
Organic Liaison Supplements
The Organic Liaison website does not tell specifically the ingredients of any of the Organic Liaison supplements. For example in the product “Release Me”, we only are told that it contains calcium and magnesium. What type of calcium does it contain? I'm guessing its either calcium carbonate or calcium citrate but I don’t know. Also, they say that Release Me contains the “right balance” of calcium and magnesium but what is that right amount?
Organic Liaison vs. Jenny Craig
Kirstie Alley was a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. When she followed Jenny Craig she lost weight, because she was eating fewer calories. When she stopped eating according to Jenny Craig, she regained weight because she consumed more calories than she needed. Organic Liaison is a weight loss program too. When people eat according to Organic Liaison program it’s likely that they will lose some weight because they are eating fewer calories than normal. If people were to stop eating according to Organic Liaison low calorie guidelines, they are likely to regain weight. This is very true for all weight loss programs.
The supplements are a profit center for Organic Liaison. In other words, it’s a way to make more money. Unlike Jenny Craig, Organic Liaison makes no money from the organic foods you buy at the supermarket. So, they have you buying their brand of supplements. There is nothing wrong with this. It’s just capitalism.
Update. 4/29/14. I've noticed that Kirstie is back again with Jenny Craig. So my question is: If Organic Liaison is so great and works so well, why did she go back to Jenny Craig? They obviously dont work for her or she wouldn't be going back with Jenny Craig right? This is more proof that her Organic Liaison supplements dont work.
I'm actually quite surprised that Jenny Craig is allowing Kirsti to market her supplements to Jenny Craig members. Doesnt Jenny Craig know that Kirsti has already lost a lawsuit against a women who sued Kirsti over her products?
Let me be straight up and say that I am not being critical of Kirstie Alley. I like Kirstie and have always appreciated her sense of humor especially when it came to dealing with petty people who had nothing better to do than made fun of her weight. Overweight people appear to be the last group in America that it's “acceptable” to make fun of – and that’s wrong.
I wrote this because I thought people deserved some answers about whether Organic Liaison was right for them. I also know that in the real world weight loss has many paths and that for some, Organic Liaison may be something to consider. For those who are on a budget, just remember that eating a few less calories a day (about 250 less a day) is likely to be just as effective as any weight loss program– organic or not.
What do you think about Kirstie Alley’s Organic Liaison?