How To Avoid Weight Loss Scams



In this day and age, it seems as though everywhere you turn, there’s a weight loss ad in your face bragging about all of the pounds you could shed if you just gave that specific product a try. You might be surprised to find that not all of the weight loss products you see are legitimate. In fact, many of them are scams or ploys to solely dig into your wallet. However, it can be difficult to spot said scams for a variety of reasons. Lucky for you, this is a list of some things to look out for in weight loss scams.


1. Be Cautious of “All Natural” Products

Many weight loss scams will describe themselves as “all natural” to lure in people that are leery of consuming supplements with chemically engineered properties. In actuality, “all natural” products are hardly ever 100% natural, and there are huge chances that the supplement contains hidden doses of drugs that are not even FDA-approved.

2. “No Exercise or Diet Needed” is a Huge Red Flag

Face it; there is no biological way that your body can shed fat without diet or exercise. The body can only lose weight in one way, and that is to burn more calories through exercise than the calories that are taken in. That’s it. A deficit must be created for weight loss to occur. No drug will stop or alter this process, so do not fall for these sorts of promises because they simply do not work.

3. There’s No Way to “Block” Fat, Carbs or Calories

Additionally, there is no logical way for the body to “block” incoming nutrients. You’ve probably seen the commercial that promises this; a pill flies onto the screen, breaks open, and sprays an unidentified solution at a layer of fat on the skin, disintegrating it into nothing. The idea of a pill “blocking” carbs, calories, or fat is physically inconceivable, and any weight loss product that promises it should be kept away and not purchased.

4. Watch Out for Testimonials

Weight loss products that are overzealous on using testimonials from “real users” should be majorly avoided. Companies use this tactic merely because it is one of the most powerful selling points. An overweight person sees that another person has supposedly used this drug and lost 100 pounds in a short amount of time. This causes the overweight person to envy the success story and imagine themselves in their shoes. And just like that, they’re convinced that they need this product. This is nonsense.

5. Don’t Fall for the “Shred 10 in 10” Scam

Weight loss products that promise a certain amount of weight lost within a predetermined amount of time are not legitimate. Everyone loses weight at different paces, and a reasonable rate of weight loss would be around 2 pounds per week maximum. 10 pounds in 10 days would be most likely attributed to shedding water weight anyhow, and this can be done without the use of some weight loss supplement. 

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Joyce James is an author of weight loss programs and aims to help other people through her books. She also currently blogs for a bariatric surgeon Passaic.

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