The secret to slimming

If those words seem familiar to you, you probably have been getting the same email message that has been sneaking past my spam filter and into my email box, over and over again, for almost a week.

The message offers a 60 percent discount on an “absolutely safe and reliable product” that will help me lose 11 to 16 pounds a week “naturally and painlessly.”

Yikes! Of course, this outrageous ad isn’t true. It takes me a lot of planning and effort and discipline to lose a pound or two a week.

There are no secrets to losing weight. And, losing weight isn’t painless.