[FREE] 5 Easy Tips To Avoid Diet Scams

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Healthy Panda Review   +5 Easy Tips   To  ​Avoid​ Diet Scams  Lose Your Fat Not Your Money

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Introduction  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 in the 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 the truth is there are no easy                             solutions to losing weight.   Simply put ​weight loss is a combination of lifestyle choices and is the 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 Product That Are Scam  Denise Bruner MD MPH FASBP is a specialist in weight loss and a fellow in the                                 American Society of Bariatric Physicians. She shares one of the 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 fuels the growth of frauds. Bruner states “In the U.S.                           currently 61 of the population is overweight and the 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’                         absorb the calories.”     2

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Jeannette Kopko Senior Vice President of the 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.”   With the 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.”             3

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5 Easy Way to 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                       is the 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 at the FDA notes: “If it sounds too good to be                               true-it is”   Other tips offs that the weight loss product is a scam include:   1. They state that they can help a person ​lose fat or cellulite in a specific part                                 of the body ​. Body fat is lost overall not in a spot and ads that claim                                 otherwise are frauds.   2. They promise ​permanent weight loss ​. No product can do this since                       permanent weight loss is maintained by lifestyle changes.   3. 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 from the public. In                             America alone an estimated 100 people a day die from obesity we could                           prevent 300000 deaths annually if there was a real product that made                         weight loss simple and safe and physicians would be the first to prescribe                           them.”   4. There’s no physical address for the 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                           are the letters ‘PMB’ after a physical address this indicates that it’s really a                               4

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private mail box that can forward mail to anywhere in the world.” She adds                             that the Internet is also being used to promote frauds and adds “You can’t                             judge how good or legitimate a product is by how professional the website                           looks. This only reflects how good their web designer was.”   5. 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.”   By avoiding products with the above ​“red flags” in their advertising you can                           protect yourself from illegitimate products-and save money.     Quiz Link :  ​Detoxification Quiz 2    5

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Types of Weight Loss Scams   Weight loss scams can range from the ​highly illegal and even dangerous to the                             mildly unethical. Kopko states “There are degrees of fraud and misleading                       consumers. Some are scams where the person doesn’t receive anything at all when                           they send in their money. Another form of scam is when the 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 the product has very low levels of active ingredients so the person doesn’t                             get the desired result.”   Some products sell because their ​names are similar to real products even though                           they don’t contain the 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 with the Better                               Business Bureau. She remembers “Years ago in our area there was a business                           that sold ‘weight loss glasses’ one lens was blue the other brown. Supposedly the                               6

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two colors ‘confused the brain’ and the person didn’t get hungry.” She adds                           “Another fraud was weight loss “bath powder’ that a person pours into the tub that                               promised weight loss.”   Today popular scams are pills powders patches and herbal teas that supposedly                         promote weight loss.   One recent scam was a powder taken a few hours before sleep. Kopko states “It                               promised that the fat would “melt away” while you slept. The only benefit was that                               the person gave up their bedtime snack when they took it there was nothing in the                                 powder to help. And the person who bought the powder was then deluged with                             other products from the company that would ‘make the product work better.’ It was                             all a huge fraud.”   Dr. Bruner has also seen a variety of weight loss scams over the years. She states                                 “I’ve seen people wearing inserts in their shoes the manufacturers claim that they                           hit pressure points to relieve hunger it doesn’t work. Another scam is a ‘“chocolate                             patch’ designed to reduce cravings for chocolate or wearing special clothing to spot                           reduce areas.” She notes that in Europe another popular weight loss fad is getting                             attention: “In Europe right now mesotherapy injecting a drug into the muscle is a                             very popular fraud.”   FTC’s spokesperson Shirley Rooker notes that the FTC recently stopped another                       popular weight loss scam-and the company was forced to pay back millions to                           consumers taken in by its fraudulent ads. She notes “The Enforma System claimed                           that its products increase the body’s capacity to burn fat and would help the body                               burn more calories while just standing or sitting around doing nothing even while                           sleeping. And the TV ads stated that consumers could enjoy fried chicken pizza                           and other high-calorie high-fat products and still lose weight. The FTC complaint                         charged that there was no proof that Fat Trapper and Exercise in a Bottle really                               worked.”    7

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Why Aren’t They Stopped   With the huge numbers of weight loss frauds out there it only takes opening up a                                 magazine or surfing the Internet to view some the question of why they are                             allowed to continue is raised.   Kopko says “I get a lot of calls from people who ask ‘Why isn’t something being                                 done’ about a scam. Basically the answer is: until we receive complaints a fraud                             can’t be investigated.” She adds that many times people who are scammed don’t                           file reports. “They don’t want the bother or they don’t know where to turn. The                               complaints we get are probably only a fraction of the problem that’s out there.”   She warns that not being shut down is not a guarantee of reliability. “Just because a                                 business is out there selling weight loss products doesn’t mean they’re legitimate it                           may just be that they haven’t been caught yet. This is why it’s so important to be an                                     aware consumer. “   Once complaints are made law enforcement will step in and start investigating                         weight loss frauds. They often prosecute illegal businesses and force them to make                             8

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restitution to their victims. But Kopko shares that not every questionable weight                         loss product can be dealt with in this manner: “Some scams might not be illegal-just                               unethical. They market their products in a way that implies benefits instead of                           stating them outright and skirt the legal boundaries of false advertising.”   In some cases ​stopping a fraud takes time because of the decision over who has                               jurisdiction and the time needed to gather the data to begin prosecuting a                           company. For instance the FDA’s Monica Revelle states that they only have                         jurisdiction over scams in which a product is proven to be unsafe. “We monitor the                               quality and safety of weight loss products but we don’t have jurisdiction if there’s                             no evidence of harm done.”   In many cases of false advertising the FTC steps in and uses information gathered                             by other agencies to make their case against a company. Kopko states that the                             Better Business Bureau while not having jurisdiction itself make their task easier.                         “We keep information about businesses on file including complaints against them                       and share this with law enforcement and government agencies.”           9

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How To Protect Yourself From Scams   One of the best methods of protecting yourself from weight loss scams is to seek                               medical advice from a qualified physician who specializes in weight loss bariatric                         medicine. At times this means first coming to terms with a realistic view of weight                               loss. Dr. Bruner states “Losing weight isn’t simple or easy.   Basically it means reducing calories and exercising but it must be individualized to                           the person’s needs. For instance the person with insulin resistance needs a higher                           protein lower carbohydrate diet so they won’t feel that they’re starving and those                           with allergies such as to wheat or yeast will need a diet that avoids these items.”   To protect yourself from scams ​check the product out first with your physician ​.                           And if possible try to avoid “impulse buying”. First investigate the product and the                             company’s reliability with consumer organizations. This can save you needless                     expense and disappointment in the long run.     10

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Another method of avoiding scams is to ​visit sites that investigate consumer                         frauds and check out a company before buying. Kopko states “The Better Business                           Bureau is a participant with the Sentinel Database online at                     www.consumer.gov/sentinel which allows consumers and law enforcement to                   view trends and complaints against businesses. You can also go online to our                           national web site at www.bbb.org to check out a company nationally. Just click on                             the “consumer info” link and look up diet fads and scams that have been reported.”   Weight loss scams are on the rise and the numbers of companies using fraudulent                             advertising are multiplying. By taking the time to carefully investigate a company                         and its products and choosing to work with a qualified physician on your weight                             loss goals you can save yourself needless expense and disappointment. Best of all                           you can get started on the road to real achievable weight loss goals while                             maintaining good health.                          11

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