Three words might pop into your head when you read those three letters together: Gym. Tan. Laundry. Thatâ€™s thanks to MTVâ€™s hit series â€śJersey Shore,â€ť which is now in its third season.
As Jersey Shoreâ€™s cast membersâ€™ ubiquity soars, â€śGTLâ€ť might change to â€śGTLS.â€ť
Gym. Tan. Laundry. Supplements.
Everyone wants to look like someone from Jersey Shore, right? (Well, except maybe Snooki. She may be missing the G.) But isnâ€™t every male in America at least subconsciously jealous of the fact that â€śThe Situationâ€ť can see his abs?
Supplement companies have long pried on Americaâ€™s insecurities about its ever-growing waistline, and while the claims they make sound tempting, beware.
There are no federal supplement regulations and very few people spend the time to read and understand the ingredients listed on the label. Thereâ€™s usually a statement somewhere saying the productâ€™s claims havenâ€™t been evaluated by the FDA.
But hey, itâ€™s your money. So hereâ€™s what your favorite Jersey Shore actors are endorsing, along with reasons to buy (or avoid):
The Situation: Mike Sorrentino has become the face of â€śNOX Edge,â€ť a supplement that promises to â€śincrease the body strengthâ€ť as well as help you â€śbecome the lover of your partner,â€ť among other things.
Plus, the product promises to â€śtrigger a great muscle building exercise which is unparalleled.â€ť What that muscle-building exercise is, however, is anyoneâ€™s guess. Maybe it prompts people to immediately start doing pull-ups on the nearest doorframe.
Thereâ€™s also the protein-infused vodka. But letâ€™s be realistic here: If youâ€™re counting on alcohol to help supplement your daily protein intake, youâ€™re in trouble.
Ronnie: Quite simply, this is one of the most awkward commercials ever made.
And if the commercial isnâ€™t enough, the â€śstudiesâ€ť that Xenadrine touts are even less credible, as the company claims that those who took Xenadrine â€ślost an average of approximatelyâ€ť eight to 10 times as much as the placebo group.
If Xenadrine is that successful, then why is the company using Ronnie as a spokesperson?
J-Woww: She started doing promotional appearances for Abdominal Cuts -- a supplement containing fish oil and other fatty acids that claims to promote spot reduction of fat in the abs and hips.
Thereâ€™s just one problem: Spot reduction isnâ€™t possible. The first person to figure out how to truly spot-reduce will be a billionaire overnight. Yes, some of us are predisposed to carry fat in specific areas, and when you lose fat, youâ€™ll probably lose it from your midsection and your hips. But thatâ€™s because itâ€™s being lost all over and not just in those areas.
J-Woww also says she followed the suddenly popular 500-calorie-a-day diet supplemented with HCG drops. But that page on her website is no longer active.
Pauly D: Even the DJ has a supplement combination nicknamed after him: â€śPauly D Jacked Stack,â€ť which he supposedly only gets at Xtreme Fitness in Rhode Island.
No, thatâ€™s not a typo. In the fitness and supplement world, you canâ€™t spell â€śextremeâ€ť with an â€śeâ€ť at the beginning. But you can see incredible results without touching a single Jersey Shore-endorsed supplement.
Trust us on that one.