Top 5 false weight loss claims

Top 5 false weight loss claims

Don’t believe these weight loss claims:

The following claims for non-prescription weight-loss products are not scientifically possible.

  • “Lose weight without diet or exercise!”
    Consistent and permanent weight loss takes work and effort. Pills, patches, and creams can’t do the work for you.
  • “Block the absorption of fat!”
    Experts agree that there is no magic non-prescription pill that allows you to block the absorption of fat, carbohydrates, or calories to lose substantial amounts of weight.
  • “Lose 20 pounds in 20 days!”
    Safe and effective weight loss is losing 1-2 lbs per week. Products that promise quick weight loss may be hazardous to your health.
  • “Everybody will lose weight!”
    We are all unique and no single product can be guaranteed to work for everyone.
  • “Lose weight from your hips!”
    It is not possible to pick and choose where on your body you want to lose weight.

Here are a few more…

  • “Lose weight with our miracle diet patch!”
    Nothing you can wear or apply to your skin will cause you to lose weight.
  • “Lose weight no matter how much you eat!”
    Losing weight requires making smart food choices. You can’t lose substantial weight while continuing to eat unlimited amounts of high calorie food.
  • “Lose weight permanently! Never diet again!”
    Products that promise permanent results, even after discontinuing the use of the product can’t be trusted.
Facts for Consumers: Weighing the Evidence in Diet Ads
Deception in Weight-Loss Advertising Workshop: Seizing Opportunities and Building Partnerships to Stop Weight-Loss Fraud. A Federal Trade Commission Staff Report, December 2003

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