If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get healthy, here are some tips to help you make sure you do not get fooled by weight loss scams.
The television and radio ads are always very convincing. You see or hear “real-life” people telling you how they lost tens or hundreds of pounds with this easy-to-use weight loss pill, powder, drink, or other type of concoction. It certainly has to be lot easier than giving up your favorite foods or starting an exercise program. You spend lots of money on the product, only to find out it didn’t work. Now, you’re even more depressed than when you made that resolution for 2023.
Don’t get down on yourself. I have been there. Many of us have been there. We all wish there was a weight loss pill we could take to help us lose weight so we would have more energy to get into that exercise routine. Well, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there is no such product.
The FTC goes on to list false claims that a diet or weight loss product or program might make. If that so-called “weight loss expert” or advertisement makes one of these claims, odds are, they are NOT on the level:
- Lose weight without dieting or exercising. (You won’t.)
- You don’t have to watch what you eat to lose weight. (You do.)
- If you use this product, you’ll lose weight permanently. (Wrong.)
- To lose weight, all you have to do is take this pill. (Not true.)
- You can lose 30 pounds in 30 days. (Nope.)
- This product works for everyone. (It doesn’t.)
- Lose weight with this patch or cream. (You can’t.)
To see the full FTC consumer advice article about how to spot false weight loss or “get healthy” claims, CLICK HERE.
The truth is, most doctors, dieticians, and other experts agree that the best way to lose weight and get healthy is by eating less and exercising more. I guess we will just have to use our good ol’ common sense to achieve those weight loss goals. Go get ’em!
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.