There are many diet plans which claim to have helped millions of clients to lose the weight they want and keep it off. And yet, the weight loss industry continues to earn billions of dollars every year. Why are so many millions still apparently in need of help? The trick is in changing how we think about diets. Let’s face it; if every product that was on the market to help with weight loss worked perfectly, then no one in the country or on the planet would have an excessive weight problem.
The unfortunate truth is that, along with the fact that everyone is different and will lose weight using a different combination of methods, there are many weight loss scams around. Adding to the problem is the fact that the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t always review some of the creams, pills and patches on the market for their effectiveness or safety.
This means that any company can claim to be an expert in the weight loss industry and put virtually anything it wishes onto the market for unsuspecting would-be dieters to buy. And to purchase these kids of diet items is tempting; many of the ads for these un-reviewed products are very well and carefully written so as not to make any unsubstantiated claims, but also instill the urge to purchase.
These ads, whether in print or video can look very professional, even going so far as to look like a legitimate news story, complete with official broadcaster’s logo, attractive weight loss photos and very good actors who pose as reporters or actual clients of the weight loss product or program.
Other ways that companies can scam you into purchasing their products is by offering a money-back guarantee or free trial. This can be a lucrative way for companies like this to get your money, as most people are inclined to trust a company that offers them something that is high in perceived value. But many times, these types of offers also carry with them hidden costs that may not reveal themselves until it’s too late.
Avoiding these types of weight loss scams involves knowing what other industry leaders are saying about them. For instance, the Federal Trade Commission has made the statement that where it comes to weight loss, those supplements, creams and patches you may have heard about just don’t work. At least, they don’t work to affect the loss of weight significantly. In addition, the FTC says that applying any product externally will not lead to weight loss.
Other ways to avoid weight loss scams is to be skeptical about everything you may read about the best diets for weight loss. Also, looking at the cancellation policy of any offer before you sign up can reveal a lot about whether or not there are charges involved should cancellation become necessary. Experts say that the best way to ensure that a weight loss plan will be both safe and healthy for you is to consult with a physician prior to beginning any plan or taking any weight loss product.