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12 Ways to Spot a Fad Diet

Identifying Weight Loss Scams

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  • Whoa. A seriously rude comment in this thread. Not appreciated.
  • ANNE-IN-GTX
    My favorite lines from Marie Osmond's NutriSystem commerical:

    "No fads or gimmicks" -- NutriSystem qualifies as BOTH!

    "My belly is flatter now than when I was in my 20s" -- Of course it is...you stopped breeding like a rabbit!!!
  • I thank you very much for the article. I think that the information contained in this article is great. Thanks again.
  • I am shocked at the number of comments here about the ads... doesn't everyone use AdBlocker? I could not surf without it ha ha...
  • Isn't this interesting? But isn't one of the challenges here on SP (the BMI Smart Challenge) sponsored by I-Remove...a pill (or something) that purports to block some portion of the carbs we eat? How can SP give this advice, but carry advertising/sponsorship from a company like this? I know that the ads pay the bill, but how about some integrity?
  • I do NOT believe in 'fad' diets. Diets such as Slim Fast, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig and Plexus ( the worst one out there) have been proven to be FAKES and they do NOT work. I tried Slim Fast and when I saw that I was NOT losing weight I stopped using it. I realized that it was a fake, fad diet just like all the rest of them. I wasted money on that crap and I will not be wasting my money on another crappy diet.

    I stick to portion controlling, eliminating sugar and pop, eating more fruits and vegetables, working out 30 minutes a day and drinking plenty of water.

    Those fake 'fad' diets know where to stick it.
  • Actuallya "little pill to curb cravings and suppress appetite" does exist. It's called Contrave. Only available from your doctor.
  • I love the comment,"Suck it up and some day you won't have to suck it in." That way it becomes more appreciated.
  • EBRAINK
    Excellent advice! Perhaps people need to exercise their skeptical and critical thinking, too?
  • its all determimation and willpower. After im done with my goal im going to as well sell stupid worthless products that don't work either. Everybody should do it. ... Its the American way!
  • I love how the bottle in this ad so closely resembles the bottle in the article about Alli
  • I agree. You earn your weight loss. Thanks NancyAnne55
  • I find it a bit ironic that this article be featured at the same time ads for Sensa are on nutrition tracker. While I realized Sparkpeople.com does not endorse its advertisers, seeing a product like this on my nutrition tracker makes it appear otherwise.
  • I would like to come out with a new REVOLUTIONARY product. A little white plastic bottle with a great label that promises fantastic weight loss, health benefits, and added years to your life. It will have a huge cotton ball inside that you have to take out. And when you take the cotton ball out it will have a string attached to a message that reads: "GOTCHA...only eating healthy, limiting your calories, and getting exercise is going to work...WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE"
  • When I read this article the tv ad for "Sensa" came to my mind. Just sprinkle sensa on your food and lose the weight. If it were only that easy! In the ad I see people sprinkling it on hot dogs and french fries....... then also there is a new ad for Jenny Craig called "my day". You do 5 days with Jenny and 2 days of your own healthy choices but yet the people on "my day" are shown eating movie popcorn and french fries. Is that healthy? They are telling people to make healthy choices but showing people they can eat whatever they want. sigh.......

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