For weight loss to be permanent, it requires lifestyle changes. On-going maintenance is always a must.

“Eat whatever you want and still lose weight!”

Losing weight (that you’d like to remain lost) requires a balance of sensible food choices, not overloading on only high-fat foods, high calorie foods, sugar-free foods, low-calorie foods, only one type of food, etc.

“Money-back guarantee!”

Knowing you’ll get reimbursed if a product doesn’t work makes you feel

more secure about buying it, doesn’t it? Well, that’s the idea. But it’s

very important to realize that many companies do not follow through

with this promise, leaving you minus some money…but plus the weight

you wanted to lose.

“Block the digestion and absorption of fat, carbs, or calories! 100% safe!”

Little pills to curb cravings, burn fat, block digestion, make calories magically disappear from your stomach, etc., etc., etc. do not exist. There is no magic potion. The majority of these over-the-counter “miracles” are scams with no supporting scientific research, and are generally just a waste of money. Worse, they can be harmful to your health – before taking any weight loss pills, be sure to consult with your doctor and do your homework.

“Finally, a weight loss formula for everyone!”

A diet that claims to be perfect for you, your family, your friends, your neighbors and your coworkers really is too good to be true. One-size-fits-all diets can’t work? Why? Because your lifestyle habits, your health concerns, and your body are all unique.

“Don’t Believe Us?? Just Listen To/Watch These Inspirational Testimonials!!”

Guess what? Just about anyone can look 10 pounds slimmer. Really, just stand up straight, pull your shoulders back, suck in your tummy, style your hair wel, put on some makeup and hire a professional photographer. Voila! There’s also this little concept called “paid actors”…

If You Spot A Diet Scam…

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

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