Don’t Fall for a Diet Scam

You’ve heard it a million times: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Yet millions of us
willingly fork over our hard-earned money for a weight loss claim that we want to believe – even when we should know better.

The marketing folks know that our desire for fast, amazing weight loss is much stronger than
our instinct for scams. This is why Americans spend billions of dollars – an estimated $66 billion
in 2017 – in our never-ending quest for a magic bullet that will make us slimmer, happier and
healthier in flash!

We urge our friends: Don’t be fooled by the get slim quick scams. We also offer only proven
weight loss plans that include real foods and delicious recipes – all for about 10 bucks a month.

Back to the scam artists.

The current diet market is crammed with great-sounding plans, pills, gizmos and gadgets that
promise you that your extra pounds will vanish like magic.

Here are a few red flags, according to a recent article in the Williamsburg Yorktown (Va.) Daily.

Can the carbs, melt your fat! Cutting out a single food group is not a good idea. Most times
diets that make you give up a whole food group are unsustainable and lead to you regaining the

Lose 30 pounds in 30 days! If it guarantees speedy results, it’s guaranteed to be a fad diet that
is likely to be unhealthy and unsafe.

Lose weight without diet or exercise! Way too good to be true. Pass on a product that
promises amazing results with little effort.

Lose weight permanently … never diet again! Go back to the behaviors that led to your weight
gain and you will regain the weight. Yes, it’s that simple.

Lose weight with a patch or cream! Sorry, folks. There isn’t a product that you can apply
topically that will melt fat away – unless it’s duct tape over your mouth!

So, don’t bite the next time a weight loss worm dangles a tantalizing hook. Rather than dive
into an unsustainable weight loss plan, take small steps … steps that begin with a healthier diet
that provides real-world portion sizes!

The Federal Trade Commission regularly updates its database of dieting scams. The government
watchdog agency recently created the blog post and video Ad hype: True or false?

They urge that you “take a pass on any product that offers weight loss or fitness results without
any effort. Remember, no garment, gizmo, or cream is going to make you fit and toned.”

If you want to learn how to sort out the facts from a fib, watch the video.



John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.


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