The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has estimated that in 2007 alone, 4.8 million Americans were victims of weight-loss scams.
In an unregulated, muti-billion-dollar dietary supplement industry magic, weight loss pills are endemic via scams and rip-offs.
Have You Fallen Prey To Diet Pill Scams ?
Some pills and potions can be manufactured for less than a dollar and are sold for $50 or more.
Whether a product works or not, the manufacturer has one agenda: to promote and sell a product to make money.
A large segment of the dietary-supplement industry promotes their products in a ruthless, manipulative manner that preys on the gullible.
Most people that fall for these scams are misinformed and manipulated. If a product sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true.
As an illustration of the severity of the problem, a recent women's health magazine had ads for 37 different diet pills and fat burners, of which each one claimed to be the best or fastest.
Some magazines are propaganda vehicles for the products that the publication (or parent company) has a financial interest in. Not only do these magazines take on the appearance of a catalog for a specific brand of products, they also provide editorial bias for the associated product line. This is a highly effective form of consumer deception.
Most weight- loss- pill ads contain finr print: "Claims and statements have not been eveluated by the FDA," and "Results not typical".
Exaggerated claims are cleverly crafted to catch the attention of gullible readers. They are supported by fictitious testimonials from the weight-loss subjects and the highly, compensated medical "experts", biased or bogus "clinical studies", and manipulated before-and-after photos.
Even doctor's endorsements have been found to be a sham. A doctor complete with a picture of the stereotypical white smock and stethoscope, of course - has fine print disclaimer that the doctor in question is but a pen name, and the photograph is of a model not the doctor.
One doctor was paid $10,000 to endorse a weight-loss product for an informercial. She fabricated bogus claims without ever even reviewing the product.
Real-life dieters do not attribute their successful weight loss to a pill, fat burner, or high-profile weight loss supplement.
And if any results do materialise from a pill or potion, it's most likely from a placebo effect.
There's no magical weight-loss pill or fat burner that will alone cause you to lose your excess fat. It just doesn't exist. You doctor will confirm this.
Healthy weight loss is through proper eating and exercise - that is the real way to lose weight and keep it off !
If you are aware of any health problem which may compromise your general health, it is important to seek treatment. A Health and Wellness Counselor may help you, to bring you back in balance and to good health through, detoxing, healthy eating and living, create a proper diet suited for your condition, advise natural remedies, herbs, wholefood supplements and organic cosmetics.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !