How to Spot a Weight Loss Scam

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Are you tired of all the weight loss trends that simply don't work? So many trends claim they are miracle cures for poor health or a flabby tummy and in the end, all you have to show for those days or weeks is a lower bank account balance and zero change on the scale. Instead of having your dream body, you end up frustrated and upset that the claims turned out to be a scam. The lack of results could be in your control. Sometimes you end up sabotaging your efforts, but wouldn't it be great to know when that revolutionary weight loss system isn't all that it claims to be? Here are some tips for spotting the scams before you invest your hard work, time and money.

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If it claims rapid weight loss: A healthy rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds each week. If something claims you can lose 20 pounds in two weeks, turn and run the other way. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, losing weight gradually and steadily is the best way to keep weight off in the long run. (via NY Magazine)

If it's supposedly a "weight loss formula for everyone": Everyone is different and unique and a weight loss program that declares it's "one size fits all" is likely making false claims. That's not to say it won't work for you, but certainly talk to a professional and evaluate the program closely — because what works for one person doesn't work for everyone else. (via Spark People)

If it's a pill that vows to block absorption of fat and carbs: Okay, so these kinds of pills might seem to work, but beware! The effects of a miracle pill like this are dangerous and likely uncomfortable. They make it hard to break down nutrients and can result in gastrointestinal issues. Don't sacrifice health for weight loss, especially if you want lasting results. (via WebMD)

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If it claims you can lose weight without diet and exercise: Healthy and lasting weight loss requires exercise. Period. There really isn't a way around it. In addition, you can't eat whatever you want, no matter what the product claims. A cheeseburger and fries is still a cheeseburger and fries, regardless of whatever pill or supplement you take with it. Establishing lasting habits for a healthy diet and consistent exercise is key to seeing healthy, steady weight loss. (via US News)

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If it promises permanent weight loss: This is a promise only you can make to yourself. Keeping the weight off forever is something that you will have to work for every day. Lasting weight loss calls for lifestyle changes and if a product claims it can do that for you, you should probably reevaluate. Click here to find out how you can keep the weight off for good healthfully.

There are just a few big red flags to avoid when you are looking for a weight loss program. If you are unsure or suspicious about a certain weight loss program, consult a medical professional. Many times, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is, but that doesn't mean you can't look into it. At the end of the day, the best way to lose weight and never see it again is to maintain a healthy diet and exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. Check out Skinny Mom's 10-Day Shred for a great way to kickstart a healthy lifestyle.

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