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Before buying into a new diet plan, validate its claims.

 

All you want to do is lose some weight. How hard can it be?Slim patch

When you hear of a new diet plan or supplement that promises great results, you can’t help but be hopeful. Could this be the one that works?

When considering a new weight loss product, it pays to be skeptical. Know the facts before you buy into what it promises because it may not live up to its claims. Yes, you may lose some weight but it may be unsafe or short-lived. You want to lose weight, not money, time, and energy on something that doesn’t work.

Is it legit or a scam? Use these seven tips to evaluate the claims of a weight loss program.

“Lose Weight Without Diet or Exercise”

When a product promises weight loss without the tried-and-true combination of diet and exercise, be on your guard. There’s no magic pill for weight loss. It takes time and hard work for everyone. Weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you consume. This is done by making changes in the way you eat and getting enough exercise.

“Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days”

There are those times in your life that you want to lose weight fast. An impending high school reunion, friend’s wedding, or beach vacation can all make you want to hop on the fast train to weight loss. But be wary of products or diet plans that promise quick weight loss. It isn’t safe to lose more than a pound or two a week. Starving yourself may lead to fast weight loss, but it doesn’t last and isn’t healthy.

Any time you are tempted to get a new diet product, my advice would be to look into what the claims are and if they can be substantiated by science. What people want is a magic bullet and quick fix, and that’s never going to work. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. – Nelda Mercer, Dietician

“Eat Whatever or However Much You Want”

Of course a diet plan that lets you eat your favorite foods would sound appealing. But filling your face with cakes, cookies, and cream puffs isn’t going to do the trick. You’ve got to make lasting diet changes, switching fattening, high-calorie foods for healthy, low-calorie substitutes. Yes, an indulgence here and there is allowed, but should not be the norm. If a diet plan sounds too good to be true, it likely is.

“Herbs That Boost Your Metabolism”

The idea behind these diets makes sense. If your metabolism works faster, you’ll burn calories faster. Weight loss scams take advantage of this idea. To make matters worse, the FDA doesn’t monitor herbs, leaving manufacturers the freedom to make whatever claims they want. While the herbal supplements are usually just ineffective, they can be dangerous.

“Drink Tea, Lose Weight”

Herbal teas are the source of another popular diet scam. The high caffeine content may help you lose water weight and slightly increase your metabolism, but not enough to provide lasting benefit. If drinking these teas keeps you from eating more or drinking sodas, milk shakes, or fancy coffee drinks, you may save calories and lose a little weight, but it’s probably not an effect of the herbs.

“Patches for Weight Loss”

Just like skin patches to help you quit smoking or control your diabetes, now there are patches that are supposed to help you lose weight. Patch manufacturers claim the patch helps burn fat, boost metabolism, and suppress the appetite as the herbal ingredients slowly but continually enter the blood through the skin. Studies have shown these patches do not live up to their claims.

“Body Slimming Wraps”

Sounds like an interesting theory, doesn’t it? Squeeze your body into a thick sweat suit with the intention of locking in body heat and melting away pounds. Body wraps and slim suits may help you lose a little weight, but the weight loss is due to excessive sweating. Drink a little water and the weight will quickly return.

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