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Don't Fall Hard For Typical Diet-product Scams

Author: Velma Lamoureux

Don't fall hard for typical diet-product scams

Once you've finally buckled down and committed to eating more healthily as part of a weight-loss regimen, it's important to stick to the rules you lay down for yourself. As tempting as it might be to find a shortcut of some kind, the possibility of something like that actually working is slim, and what's worse, it could be dangerous to your health.

So, with that in mind, there are a number of weight-loss products you should be especially wary of. Some are only mildly or moderately spurious, based in exaggeration, while others are entirely false, and may be breaking the law by advertising as they do.

Examples of these falsely advertised products include dermal patches or creams that bring about weight loss through contact with skin, pills that are stated to prevent the body from absorbing unwanted fats and carbohydrates. Products claiming to facilitate weight loss in such a way that you won't have to stop eating your favorite high-fat or high-calorie snacks and sweets are similarly fraudulent.

Diet supplements that claim you can lose weight quickly - at a rate as accelerated as 30 pounds in as many days, for example - may not be flagrantly false but are often greatly exaggerated. In any case, losing weight at such a pace is at best unhealthy and at worst extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

The best methods of dieting are the tried-and-true practices of reducing your daily calorie intake by approximately 500 through choosing healthier foods, and supplementing this with regular exercise. It might be difficult and it might not be fast, but it exemplifies the truth of the saying that slow and steady does, indeed, win the race.

What diet products have you heard of that seem suspicious? 

In Brief

  • Once you've finally buckled down and committed to eating more healthily as part of a weight-loss regimen, it's important to stick to the rules you lay down for yourself.
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