Summer is right around the corner and with bikini season quickly approaching, you’re bound to see weight loss ad after weight loss ad at your supermarket, on your television and in the mall. No matter where you go, you’re going to see a “new” and “exciting” way to lose weight, proven to work when all else has failed.
Sadly, most – if not all – of these weight loss scams are just that. Scams. They are designed to prey upon the self-conscious woman and ignore the basics of what women really need – nutrition and fitness.
Keep your eye out for these weight loss scams this summer and if you see them, back away slowly. Or run.
The “It Can’t Hurt So I Might As Well Try It” Scam
This is a common scam that is used by companies that market “all natural” herbs and weight loss supplements. Since it’s “all natural,” many women feel more comfortable using these products because they think they can’t hurt. The truth is they can. Many of these products aren’t regulated by the FDA, so they could contain who knows what in them. Don’t gamble with your health. Skip the “all natural” weight loss aids.
The “Lose 10 Pounds In 10 Days” Scam
Any promises to lose massive amounts of weight quickly are a scam. It’s unlikely that you could lose that much that quickly anyways, and if you can, it’s probably dangerous for you. Starvation diets, purging diets and other fast weight loss schemes should be avoided at all costs.
The “Use This Device To Tone Your Abs” Scam
Strapping a machine to your torso to “work” your muscles for you while you sit and watch television is absolutely not going to tighten or tone your abs. If you want lean, mean muscles, you’ve got to work for it. There’s no getting around that truth, even with the most innovative or state-of-the-art technology.
The hCG Scam
The pregnancy hormone, known as hCG, has been touted as a miracle weight loss aid. Problem is, there’s only two ways to get real hCG – either get pregnant, or get it from your doctor. It’s use for weight loss is off label and lacks real studies to back it up, and hCG that you can buy online may or may not contain harmful ingredients.
If you want to lose weight this summer, stick to good old fashioned healthy and nutritious eating, coupled with moderate exercise. It takes time and effort, but it’s a lifestyle change that will make the results stick.
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