If you have ever tried to diet, you may have tried your hand at one of the latest fad diets to hit the market. There are some diets and dieting programs that do work, and then there are those that are a failure right from the beginning. Some diet programs out there are a scam. These programs promise weight loss in return for your money. If you want to learn how to avoid these diets, you need to recognize the following telltale signs that a diet is a scam.
They tell you that you won’t need to exercise.
Losing weight is a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise—there is no way around it. If a diet or a program is telling you that you will shed a large amount of weight without ever having to hit the gym or do any type of physical activity, it’s a scam. There is no way that you will lose weight by sitting on your couch all day unless you literally starve yourself.
They tell you that you can still eat whatever you want.
There are companies out there that claim to have some magic pill that allows you to eat whatever you want and still lose weight. These pills are fake. If you want to lose weight, you have to make smart food choices. You can’t pop some magic pill and then go out and eat an entire pizza and hot fudge sundae and then wash it down with a supersized pop.
They promise to change the way your body absorbs fat and calories.
This is not possible, and products that claim to do this are lying to you. Your body is going to absorb fat and calories the way it knows how, and there is no magic pill, powder or drink that can completely void your body of absorbing fat and calories.
They promise quick results.
In order to lose weight safely and keep it off for longer periods of time, you need to aim for a program that will help you lose one to two pounds per week. If a supplement or program promises to help you lose 50 pounds in a month, this is not only unsafe, but it’s also nearly impossible.
They claim to work for everyone.
Not everyone is built the same way, has the same metabolism or needs to lose the same amount of weight, so no one diet pill or supplement can provide the same results to every body type of every gender of every age. The diet programs that do work are those that take your body style and lifestyle into consideration and customize a plan specifically for your and your goals.
They promise to give you your money back.
Some companies say that they will give you your money if you are not satisfied, and they do this so that you’ll be more inclined to buy it and try it out. But most of these companies will make the process of getting your money back so time consuming and involved that you’ll end up giving up on trying to get your money back.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where they are plenty of diet scams that prey on the millions of who want to lose weight. If you’re contemplating a weight loss program, make sure to avoid any that make these promises.
Caroline Jones is a professional chef and self-proclaimed health expert. She enjoys sharing recipes for tasty dishes, healthy eating ideas, and information on the nutrition in nuts.