Friday, October 26, 2007

Losing Weight without Losing Money - Separating Diet Facts from Scams and False Claims

Heard of these flashy headlines before?

"Lose weight without diet or exercise!"

"Lose weight no matter how much you eat of your favorite foods!"

"Lose weight permanently! Never diet again!"

"Block the absorption of fat, carbs, or calories!"

"Lose 30 pounds in 30 days!"

"Everybody will lose weight!"

"Lose weight with our miracle diet patch or cream!"

Sounds too good to be true? They probably are.

Luckily, our big government helps protect small consumers by separating facts from scams and false claims.

Doctors, dieticians and other fitness experts agree that the best way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and increase your exercise and physical activity. The ACSM recommends to lose no more than 1 to 2 pounds a week.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends close evaluation with skepticism before you spend money on products that promise fast and easy weight loss results.

Visit the FTC's website at www.ftc.gov for detailed explanations about the above false claims.

There are many cases filed by FTC against companies and individuals that sell and market diet pills, supplements and ads. To file a complaint, visit www.ftc.gov or call toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP.

Investigate the claims, check for any consumer complaints before opening your wallets.

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