Losing baby weight is tough, especially when you’re nearing 50. Kelly Preston recently (and publicly) struggled with it–but she had a little help from her friends. Namely, the Church of Scientology and a weight-loss system called Organic Liaison, co-created by fellow church member Kirstie Alley. Preston recently People that the controversial supplement, diet, and exercise plan helped her lose 39 pounds. Could the system actually work, or do birds of a religious feather just stick together?
In the interview with People, Preston, who had her own acting career but is mostly know now as John Travolta‘s wife, raves about the weight loss system, which combines and eating and exercise plan with supplemental “elixirs,” calling in “pretty much the most genius thing ever” and noting that it “boosts natural energy.” Preston credits Organic Liaison with helping her lose the weight from her last baby, whom she had when she was 48, in addition to stubborn weight she’d carried before the baby. Because Preston herself is also a member, the endorsement isn’t exactly rock-solid–but it does indicate that the diet is working for more than just Alley.
Preston, who calls Alley her “best friend”, is one of the first celebrities to publicly praise the system, which has been maligned in the media for its ties to the church. When Alley first released Organic Liaison, the infamous yo-yo dieter faced plenty of body shaming, in addition to questions of her expertise on the subject of weight loss, and accusations that it may have been a front for the Church of Scientology.
But then, she lost 100 pounds, and people pretty much left her alone about it, because the supplement clearly worked, and because thinner people are smaller targets. Since then, it’s actually gained some surprising traction–which will no doubt be aided, at least slightly, by Preston’s endorsement. But the real question is: does it work?
Actually, it might. A healthy dose of skepticism about weight loss supplements and systems is about as natural as many of them claim to be, because these drugs and pills aren’t really regulated or checked by the FDA or any other health or safety organization. In fact, weight loss supplements like Organic Liason’s “Rescue Me” elixir can contain just about anything–though, for the record, “Rescue Me” is USDA-certified organic…which may or may not promote weight loss or make the supplement any more effective (depending on who you ask), but it does mean that some government agency has at least looked at the ingredients, which isn’t the case with a lot of other diet aids.
But Organic Liaison is more than just a TrimSpa-esque pill. It’s a subscription-based diet and exercise program–designed by “experts”, along with Alley herself–that promotes agreed-upon healthy behaviors, like eating small meals and sticking to fresh, organic produce. The membership also comes with support forums and newsletters, a strategy that’s been proven to help keep dieters on track and accountable. And because it’s Scientology-approved (the church frowns upon what it calls “the drugging of society”, and advises practitioners to abstain from pain killers and even caffeine, at times), it ostensibly doesn’t contain any additives or medicine–an improvement over many heavily-caffeinated weight loss supplements.
Organic Liaison probably won’t be getting the international approval of health and diet advisers any time soon, but if it gets even just a few people on track toward healthier eating habits and weight loss, it may not be the ridiculous fad diet the media initially thought it was. Of course, those who choose to try it out still might have to be OK knowing that their money is probably back into the Church of Scientology.