How to Spot a Weight Loss Scam

There is a LOT of money that changes hands in the weight loss industry.  Literally millions and millions of dollars every year.  There are a lot of smart (notice I didn’t say ‘ethical’) marketers who are more than willing to play on the pain felt by those who are struggling to lose weight.

Don’t let this be you!

Here are a couple of things to look for to let you know that the relief you are seeking may be a rip off:

Secret Formulas — Secret formulas, my fanny.  Here’s the only secret formula you need: eat whole foods, avoid processed food, reduce portion size, cut out sugar, and move more often.  That’s the only secret formula you need to lose weight and keep it off.

Promises weight loss in specific body parts — No, you can not reduce just your waist, or just cellulite on your thighs.  Anybody selling anything that says you can is full of it.

No physical address — if the ad only has a 800 number or PO Box, use caution!  You want to be able to get ahold of someone if you don’t get what you’re promised.

Never forget that there are a lot of untrustworthy people out there, willing to tell you anything you want to hear about losing weight so they can get their hand in your wallet.

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8 Responses to “How to Spot a Weight Loss Scam”

  1. Kathy Says:

    In my opinion, this list should also include those groups of bariatric surgeons who are performing gastric bypass surgery on younger and younger patients. People! These guys are making money off you and you have to wonder if your best interest is foremost in their minds.

  2. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hi, Kathy — I know what you mean. I’m concerned about gastric bypass surgery becoming the first choice for weight loss, instead of trying good nutrition and exercise first.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    Brian

  3. Sandy Says:

    I hear ya about the “secret formula”. I was on a message board one time and this girl was talking about how she lost all this weight blah blah blah. So I PMd her and asked how she did it…then she went into “the speil” about how there are x number of nutriets or something that taken in the right combo will make you lose weight and I could look at her website for more info. I was skeptical at this point but went to the site hoping to find maybe some health info that I hadn’t read before. Nope. It was a sales website for this secret formula and the “more info” was actually ordering info…and it was EXPENSIVE! We are talking almost $200!!! But it was a step program so that was only for the first step, the next step was more and so on…like 3 or 4 steps. WTF.

    Anyway, I didn’t buy it (literally or figuratively) and didn’t talk to her again.

    You know what the scariest thing about the GBS is? Not only is it becoming more common…but people don’t realize that you have to stay on a restricted diet and take supplements for the rest of your life to stay healthy or you could die of malnutrition (because they “bypass” much of your small intestine there isn’t as much space to absorb nutrients)….AND many many people do not do well afterward. I knew a lady that did it and she was really sick for MONTHS after. She lost weight because she couldn’t eat ANYTHING.

  4. Tammy Says:

    The only thing that rings true for me is “diet” information that tells me which foods will give me the energy and strength to exercise enough to become fit. Calories, fats, carbs – the bottom line is foods that work efficiently to get me moving and keep me moving. Anything else is not useful to me.

    As for gastric bypass, even the lap band – it used to be last resort but now it’s done without really working on the exercise piece. It’s more focused on eating. After bypass – finding foods you actually can eat without becoming ill is your biggest challenge. It’s easier to move ALOT than to simply give up eating… at least for me.

  5. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hey, Sandy — that’s a prime example of the kind of marketing that these people do. My goodness, they had a stooge on a forum pitching it for them! You have to find a good source of info that you trust and stick with them.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Brian

  6. loseweightwithme Says:

    Tammy, you make a great point about food…in the end, the only thing we need it for is to fuel our activities.

    As far as the gastric surgery…I know someone who nearly dies from it, and I know 2 people who had it done, then didn’t change how they were eating. They’re back as big as they were before they had it done.

    Thanks for commenting. 🙂

    Brian

  7. 60 in 3 Says:

    forgot one:

    “Promises weight loss in a certain number of days, usually under 30”

    achieving significant weight loss that will stay with you for life in under a month is probably not realistic for most people.

    Gal

  8. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hey, Gal — that’s a good clue that a product may be a scam. Thanks for bringing it up!

    Brian

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