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