How To Avoid Common Diet Scams

Written by Anthony Ellis

As our country gains weight at an alarming rate, we are spending more each year on products that promise us easy, effortless weight loss. Each year inrepparttar United States, an estimated 35 billion dollars is spent each year on weight loss products. The problem is that in spite of headlines that feed our hopes that a new, secret, “better” weight loss formula has been discovered,repparttar 131237 truth is there are no easy solutions to losing weight.

Simply put, weight loss is a combination of lifestyle choices, and isrepparttar 131238 result of a firm commitment to making and maintaining them over a period of time. Any products that offer weight loss without reduced caloric intake and increasing activity levels are fraudulent- and a waste of money.

Why Do People Buy Products That Are Scams?

Denise Bruner, MD, MPH, FASBP is a specialist in weight loss, and a fellow inrepparttar 131239 American Society of Bariatric Physicians. She shares one ofrepparttar 131240 major reasons that weight loss scams flourish today: “We live in a society today that wants immediate gratification. This is reflected in our willingness to buy from those that promise ‘instant results’”.

The increasing obesity in our society, and hopes that weight loss can be achieved without lifestyle changes fuelsrepparttar 131241 growth of frauds. Bruner states, “Inrepparttar 131242 U.S., currently 61% ofrepparttar 131243 population is overweight, andrepparttar 131244 numbers are going up. There’s a huge market out there for weight loss products. After all, it appeals to us to find out that you can ‘Lose 30 pounds in 30 days.’ We don’t want to have to deprive ourselves of our favorite foods, and want something that will ‘magically’ absorbrepparttar 131245 calories.”

Jeannette Kopko, Senior Vice President ofrepparttar 131246 Better Business Bureau for Dallas and Northeast Texas, agrees that illegitimate weight loss products feed on false promises: “People are fooled by these scams because they hope that they aren’t scams. They hope that they’re real, and are an easier, faster, painless way to lose weight.”

Withrepparttar 131247 huge demand for weight loss products (and their revenues), companies are more than willing to become suppliers-whether or not their products work. Kopko states, “The number of companies hawking bogus supplements and weight loss products is increasing rapidly in recent years.”

How can you spot a weight loss scam?

Typically, weight loss scams make promises that aren’t realistic. Headlines that promise weight loss without dieting are always scams, since calorie reduction isrepparttar 131248 basis of any true weight loss program. There are no legitimate weight loss programs that allow you to “eat whatever you want” without limit. As Monica Revelle, public relations specialist atrepparttar 131249 FDA notes: “If it sounds too good to be true-it is!”

Other tips offs thatrepparttar 131250 weight loss product is a scam include:

* Claims to be a “secret” formula: Products that claim to have secret formulas are scams. Dr. Bruner feels strongly on this issue, and states, “There are no ‘secrets to weight loss’ being held away fromrepparttar 131251 public. In America alone, an estimated 100 people a day die from obesity; we could prevent 300,000 deaths annually if there was a real product that made weight loss simple and safe, and physicians would berepparttar 131252 first to prescribe them.”

* There’s no physical address forrepparttar 131253 business. Legitimate products and services will have a physical address and phone number. Be wary of those that only offer a mailbox, or a toll-free number to call manned by “help center” personnel. Kopko shares, “While not all companies that have P.O. or private mail boxes (PMBs) are illegitimate, plenty are. Check to see if there arerepparttar 131254 letters ‘PMB’ after a physical address; this indicates that it’s really a private mail box, that can forward mail to anywhere inrepparttar 131255 world.” She adds thatrepparttar 131256 Internet is also being used to promote frauds, and adds, “You can’t judge how good or legitimate a product is by how professionalrepparttar 131257 web site looks. This only reflects how good their web designer was.”

* They promise rapid weight loss. Weight loss that is too rapid is not only unhealthy, but is normally quickly regained. The best plans advocate moderate goals, with slow, steady weight loss of about 6-8 pounds a month over a long period. Dr. Bruner states, “Any product that offer overnight or rapid changes is a fraud.”

* They state that they can help a person lose fat or cellulite in a specific part ofrepparttar 131258 body. Body fat is lost overall, not in a spot, and ads that claim otherwise are frauds.

* They promise permanent weight loss. No product can do this, since permanent weight loss is maintained by lifestyle changes.

By avoiding products withrepparttar 131259 above “red flags” in their advertising, you can protect yourself from illegitimate products-and save money.

Types of Weight Loss Scams

Weight loss scams can range fromrepparttar 131260 highly illegal (and even dangerous) torepparttar 131261 mildly unethical. Kopko states, “There are degrees of fraud and misleading consumers. Some are scams whererepparttar 131262 person doesn’t receive anything at all when they send in their money. Another form of scam is whenrepparttar 131263 customer sends in money, and they get a product that has no benefit, such as a sugar pill.”

Other weight loss scams use questionable practices, such as making claims for an ingredient-but without scientific studies to back them up. Kopko adds, “In yet other scams,repparttar 131264 product has very low levels of active ingredients, sorepparttar 131265 person doesn’t getrepparttar 131266 desired result.”

Some products sell because their names are similar to real products-even though they don’t containrepparttar 131267 same ingredients or quality. Dr. Bruner warns that these knockoffs are frauds: “The person thinks, ‘Oh, I can get this a lot cheaper here…’ but be careful, and check it out thoroughly first.”

Kopko has seen all types of weight loss scams during her years withrepparttar 131268 Better Business Bureau. She remembers, “Years ago, in our area, there was a business that sold ‘weight loss glasses’; one lens was blue,repparttar 131269 other brown. Supposedly,repparttar 131270 two colors ‘confusedrepparttar 131271 brain’ andrepparttar 131272 person didn’t get hungry.” She adds, “Another fraud was weight loss “bath powder’ that a person pours intorepparttar 131273 tub, that promised weight loss.”

Increasing Your Metabolism To Lose Weight

Written by Cathi Graham

Increasing your metabolism to lose weight can be done in as little as 5 days! One-size-fits-all diets don’t work....but then you probably know that already. Have you ever tried a diet that your friend raved about, but which brought you little or no results? Why would this happen? People are biochemical individuals and react differently to foods – this is why one diet may work for your friend, but not for you. You need to determine what isrepparttar best combination of foods for your body.

Every body is unique. Every body needs and processes different foods at different levels of efficiency. The key to successful weight release is based on finding out what food plan is right for your unique body, and what foods your body responds to positively to keep you at a healthy weight, without constant dieting and without suffering and feeling deprived.

It’s time to stop makingrepparttar 131234 scales our “God” & rethink Hollywood’s idea ofrepparttar 131235 perfect “air brushed body.” As Cindy Crawford said when she saw an airbrushed picture of herself on a magazine cover, “I wish I could look like Cindy Crawford.” Withrepparttar 131236 right metabolism program, you can have a realistic healthy body shape & feel great by taking charge of your life with healthy, enjoyable food plans designed for your body type, engage in physical activity for fun & above all, learn how to feel good about yourself. Joinrepparttar 131237 thousands of other people who have rejectedrepparttar 131238 one-size-fits-all negative diet thinking and discoverrepparttar 131239 rewards of energy and improved well being.

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