Weight loss scams

If you want to lose weight, there is NO MIRACLE

You need to find a healthy and permanent solution. You might not like what I have to tell you, but at least this is not a scam, unlike those kind of weight loss ads, you can read below.

  • Lose weight without dieting or exercise
  • Drop those extra pounds fast!
  • Our herbal patch makes fat disappear!
  • Fast and easy weight loss plans
  • With cookie diet, liquid diet, you will lose 7 pounds a week.
  • Super stair-master, high tech abs machine, new technics,  personal trainer for movie stars, incompetent nutritionists, etc…

With the recent media attention focused on the country’s obesity epidemic and increased interest in the health and fitness industry, some companies and individuals are excited about helping you lose weight.

Unfortunately, they are mostly interested in helping you lose your money, not your extra weight.

Making an Easy Target

As Americans, you want to lose weight and get in shape, but you want it to be easy. Part of the reason this country is getting fatter is the fact that you have come to rely on convenience and instant gratification. You think, if you can get a Whopper with cheese combo (over 1,100 calories) without even getting out of your car or can get a Meat Lover’s pan pizza (530 calories and 31 fat grams per slice) delivered without leaving your couch, why can’t you get rid of those extra calories just as easily?

Preying on this laziness, many opportunistic businesses and individuals have created quick weight loss and diet scams. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that 4.8 million Americans were victims of weight loss scams, placing weight loss schemes at the top of the FTC’s list of scams in 2007.

Weight Loss Scams to Watch Out For

Weight loss scams come in all shapes and sizes. Ultimately, no matter how far-fetched an idea may seem, there is still a chance that it will be promoted as the next greatest cure for excess weight.

Common weight loss scams include:

  • Weight loss pills – Claims suggest that diet pills are metabolism boosters, fat blockers, cellulite reducers, appetite suppressants, or any combination of these.
  • Diet drinks – Unlike meal replacement shakes, diet drinks like herbal weight loss teas and Slim Coffee promise results without your having to make any change in your diet.
  • Weight loss jewelry – From magnetic bracelets to acupressure earrings, these products tend to do nothing but adorn your body (and many times they don’t succeed in doing that).
  • Diet patches and creams – These products promise that they contain ingredients that will promote weight loss when absorbed through the skin.
  • Weight loss candyHoodia lollipops are trying to fill the void left by products like Ayds appetite-suppressant candy, which were very popular in the 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Electronic muscle stimulators – Although muscle stimulators, like TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machines, are used by trainers, physical therapists, and medical personnel, they are not FDA-approved for weight loss or muscle toning.
  • Weight loss gimmicks – Many new easy weight loss solutions require you to purchase a book, video series, supplements, or any combination of these. Often, these plans either do not work or are extremely complex and costly.
  • Weight loss gadgets – While treadmills, weight machines, and elliptical trainers may help you get fit (as long as you use them as more than a place to hang your clothes), many weight loss gadgets (e.g., abdominal wheels and rockers) do not produce the promised results.
  • Fad diets- Style cookie diet, opti-fast, grapefruit diet, etc…
  • Magic exercises- Some fitness gurus, personal trainer, nutritionists, weight loss doctors are ready to say anything to attract new clients, so beware of it.

Beware of Buzz Words

Marketers of weight loss scams know what you want to hear, which is why they tell it to you. Because the capacity for losing weight varies from person to person, no product can provide the perfect solution for everyone, no matter what they claim. Be wary of any diet program or weight loss products that are being promoted using terms like:

  • Guaranteed results
  • Rapid or fast weight loss
  • Permanent weight loss ( without following a permanent lifestyle plan)
  • No diet or exercise needed
  • Eat whatever you want
  • Secret weight loss cure
  • Lose weight while you sleep
  • Breakthrough discovery
  • No effort needed
  • Miraculous results
  • Clinically proven

Weight loss scams that promise a money-back guarantee often have fine print filled with loopholes to keep you from getting your money back.

Be Skeptical of Unfounded Claims from Experts and Users

Many times we feel better if we see endorsements from doctors, have a chance to read testimonials, or see before-and-after photographs of people who experienced the promised results. Unfortunately, scammers have no problem creating false endorsements and testimonials. With today’s technology, before-and-after photographs can easily be altered to place one person’s head on another person’s body. Don’t fall for amazing user photos, make sure you can verify theses testimonials.

Research before Reaching for Your Wallet

Too often people get excited by the prospect of losing weight that they jump in and make a weight loss purchase without understanding what they’re actually buying. It is only later, after the product has let them down, that they research the product. Taking this step before you buy could save you time and money in the long run. And, depending on the product, a small amount of research could save your health.

You’ve heard it before – if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Check online for unrelated third-party customer reviews; research the product with the FTC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Better Business Bureau; and review the Consumer Affairs website for scam alerts.

Real Secret to Weight Loss

I’ve got the real secret to the best way to lose weight. I’m not even going to charge you. This weight loss trick has been passed down from generation to generation. The skeptics will tell you that this solution is too simple and it just won’t work. But this weight loss secret has helped many lose weight and keep it off and has the support of health professionals.

So what’s my two-part weight control plan?

Diet and exercise. It might not be what you want to hear, but study after study has found that the safest and most effective way to reach an optimal weight is through a healthy diet and an exercise program.

But Diet and Exercise Just Don’t Work

Maybe you’ve tried to diet and exercise to lose weight and you couldn’t drop the unwanted pounds. Take my advice, follow my 8 principles for healthy aging. Stay away from these miracle weight loss solutions. These gimmicks aren’t the extra help you need. These products will only cause your bank account to slim down.

If you want to lose weight, there is no miracle cure. You need to find a healthy solution.

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