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Diet Scams

written by: •edited by: Brian Nelson•updated: 5/4/2009

Advertisements claiming quick weight loss results with little or no work are selling a product or service to make money, not to provide a product or service that is helpful to people trying to lose weight. This article will help you recognize diet scams.

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    It seems that the best way to lose weight, according to reputable professionals, is to burn more calories than you take in. This means that someone trying to lose weight has to exercise more and eat less. A reasonable goal for most people while maintaining general health for losing weight is one or two pounds per week. Advertisements claiming quick weight loss results with little or no work are selling a product or service to make money, not to provide a product or service that is helpful to people trying to lose weight.

    Weight and bulk can quickly be added to the body. However, removing the excess weight can’t be accomplished nearly as quickly. The basic problem with diet scams is that they are selling a product or service that totally ignores the problematic behavior or the medical condition that caused the weight gain. There arent any over-the-counter products or services that can correct the underlying problem.

    According to the FTC, the advertisement or offer for a weight loss product is probably a scam if:

    You can eat all of your favorite foods and still lose weight. To lose weight, you have to reduce the amount of high calories foods you eat and maintain a steady level of daily exercise.

    You can lose weight quickly. To lose weight and be healthy takes time. Be skeptical of any ad that guarantees you can lose more than 3 pounds per week. Avoid the advertisements that claim you can lose so many pounds in the same number of days.

    The product binds with food to block the absorption of fats, carbohydrates, and calories. No such product exists including herbal remedies, pills and teas.

    The product works for everyone. There is no single product that works for everyone including herbal remedies, pills and teas. In addition, herbal ingredients aren’t regulated or evaluated for effectiveness and safety by the US Food and Drug Administration. Herbal teas can assist with a diet program when they are used as a substitute for high caloric beverages or used to curb the urge for a late night snack. There isn’t one individual food or drink that should be used as the only source of meals.

    Lose weight permanently or never diet again. The only way to keep the weight off is to continually eat sensibly and exercise regularly.

    Lose weight without diet or exercise. You have to burn more calories than you take in – means a combination of eating less and exercising more. Any advertisement for a weight loss product or service that says you don’t have to exercise, increase physical activity level or change eating habits is simply selling false hope.

    Melt away the pounds. Lose weight by applying a patch, cream, jewelry, or body wrap to an area of skin. Nothing that you apply to the skin or wear has been proven to cause weight loss. There aren’t any approved weight loss drugs prepared for delivery through a patch. With a body wrap, the person loses weight and water by sweating. As soon as the person drinks enough, all the water weight lost has returned.

    Revolutionary European Method! Ancient Chinese Secret! New Scientific or Medical Breakthrough! Developed After Years of Research! When an advertisement or offer claims any of these, you will find that the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, your physician, or any other respectable authority of the subject, will tell you not to waste your money on the scam because it hasn’t been verified or approved for the advertised purpose.

    You can read more about diet scams from the Federal Trade Commission and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission in the USA or with the RCMP in Canada. Remember, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Read about what the majority of scams have in common.