How to Protect Yourself
From Diet Scams!
How can you
protect yourself from weight loss scams?
A little knowledge can really go a long way when it comes to scams
about losing weight.
The biggest tipoff is that All SCAM products overstate and over
If you take a look at what is scientifically possible regarding any
products ability to truly help you to lose weight, spotting a scam will
be much easier.
A pound of weight is equal to about 3500 calories. If you
consider any product that can truly help you lose weight, you
are considering a product that absorbs (actually malabsorbs)
calories or burns calories. This kind of weight loss product
is called a thermogenic. The process is called thermogenesis.
Without getting too technical, the most calories that can be
absorbed (malabsorbed) are about 200 per day or about 1400 per week
weeks per month equals 6020 per month or 1.72 pounds per month.
Actually about 180 calories per day (Based on an FTC Report by Stephen
Barrett, MD) are considered to be the maximum
number that can be absorbed, so a truer estimate is 1.54 pounds per
NEAT or Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis is burning calories by way
of any daily activity that is NOT eating, sleeping. or formal exercise.
To begin with, the effectiveness of thermogenic agents or products for
weight loss has very
little clinical proof .
Caffeine is the main ingredient that most
thermogenic products use. About a 4% increase in metabolism
(Based also on an FTC Report by Stephen Barrett, MD)
seems to be about the best we can expect. A 4% boost equates
loss of about 140 calories per day, 980 per week, or 4214 per month.
In other words, about the most weight loss that a thermogenic
agent can produce in a
month is 1.2 pounds.
Fast Weight Loss:
Be leery of any diet that promises fast or quick weight loss.
You may not be looking at a scam, but most fast weight loss
plans can create problems, both physical and mental.
Physically, quick weight loss is usually not a sound and
healthy option. In addition, you will probably gain all your
weight back and more. Mentally, you are creating a major
weight loss mistake because fast weight loss is inherently a SHORT TERM
mindset and proper weight loss is a long term lifestyle change which
means a long term mindset. You are also creating a physical
and mental habit that is the exact opposite of what you really need and
As mentioned, a substantial weight loss without a change in diet and
exercise is simply NOT possible.
Any promise of a weight loss pill, supplement, herb, patch, juice, etc.
that promises more than 1.2 or 1.54 or 1.72 pounds
per week in lost weight WITHOUT a
change in diet and exercise is a lie, and therefore a SCAM!
Do not waste your money on it, it won't work.
Any weight loss plan that promises fast weight loss or quick
weight loss should probably be avoided. The Fast Diet
only one that I have found, that is healthy enough and has long term
potential for you to consider.
Avoid Weight Loss and You Won't Get Scammed!