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  • This is a good article. I learned a long time ago to"let the buyer beware." I dislike being untrusting but our society has made it necessary.
  • People are ALWAYS ready to believe in a gimmick than face the reality of hard work needed.
    Might be a good time for members to realize that fad diets are scams as well. Keto, Paleo, Low carb, no carb... If the diet leaves out a food group or nutrient, it is not a good diet. Unfortunately, Sparkpeople members fall for these diets. They don't work, but desperation encourages them to keep finding proof that they do.
  • Thanks for the tips. Even if I’m a sceptic at heart. I would want to see studies published in valid medical journals.
  • If I listened to every advertisement I would have a basement full of junk
  • Just think of this quote by PT Barnum. "There's a sucker born every minute!"
    Make sure it is not you!
  • My motto is, if it seems to good to be true it's probably is to good to be true!
  • or the ones that are basically a pyramid scheme..."This company is a multi-million dollar corporation!" If their best marketing strategy is how much money they make, I'm leery.
  • The easiest way to get ripped off is to read all the other articles SP posts about all their and their affiliates devices you need.
  • that made a lot of sense to me I would think a detox diet of only fruits and vegies with no protein would make a person sick over 21 days
  • Thanks for sharing.
  • Yes great article because they put all this stuff out there for peoples to fall for.
  • Love the article. It makes me sick to see all these commercials for weightloss miracles. And it is even sadder that people fall for it, because they promise and easy and fast fix.
    Bravo!! I hate to see people fall for the many, many weight-loss scams perpetrated on us by countless hucksters - especially on the 'net. Kudos for mentioning Dr. Barrett here; he's got a keen eye for quackery of every stripe and has been a reliable guide for me in those (shark-infested) waters.
    Dr Barrett is fantastic. Google Quackwatch and read his site for lots more info about the scams that are rife in our world. It pays to be a skeptic.

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