Seven Ways To Spot A Fitness Scam

Seven Ways To Spot A Fitness Scam

If you’ve watched television after midnight, you’ve seen the never-ending weight loss infomercials and advertisements. The next time you watch an infomercial, read an advertisement, or spot a new supplement reporting miraculous weight loss results, be wary. Before you spend money on products promising fast and easy results, weigh the claims carefully. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consistently finds that most companies don’t come close to fulfilling their promises.

By using the following seven tips you can critique and evaluate weight loss claims to spot scams, protect yourself and your wallet:

“It’s easy to lose weight without diet or exercise!”

Face it – permanent weight loss takes work, effort and time. Pass on any products that promise miraculous results without the effort. Buy one and the only things you’ll lose are money and confidence.

“Eat whatever you want…and lose weight!”

Does that even sound like something that’s possible? Losing weight requires sensible food choices, not overloading on high-fat, high calorie foods.

“Lose weight forever…you’ll never need to diet again!”

For weight loss to be permanent, it requires lifestyle changes. It’s not about a diet here, and a binge there – it’s about being consistently healthy and smart with your choices. On-going maintenance is a must.

“Block the absorption of fat, carbohydrates, or calories!”

A little pill to curb cravings and suppress your appetite doesn’t exist. There is no magic potion that will allow you to completely block the digestion and absorption of fat, carbohydrates, or calories. The majority of these over-the-counter products and “supplements” are scams with no supporting scientific research; and a waste of your money.

“Rapid weight loss: Lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks!”

Looking to lose weight for your high school reunion or an upcoming event? Products that safely produce lightning-fast weight loss  do not exist. A weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week is the safest and most effective way to shed pounds — and keep them off.

“Medically proven! Doctor endorsed!”

Where is the proof, and how was the research conducted? Were people studied, or rodents? Were there 3 subjects in the study, or 3,000? What was the duration of the study?

Has the research been published in a medical journal and reviewed by peers? Has the research been done at the university level? A doctor of what profession performed the research? Be sure to check all the details when it comes to sources.

“I used it… and you can, too!”

Remember, just because you recognize the actor or actress doesn’t make the product more reliable. It also doesn’t mean that actor or actress actually uses the product they are promoting – it’s just a way to draw you in, and market a desirable product to you. Be careful!

Consider contacting the FTC directly if you have concerns about any products. The Federal Trade Commission works with, and for, the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

About The Author: Bobby DeMuro is the Founder of FusionSouth, a personal training/sports conditioning firm in Charlotte, NC. He is also the Executive Director of NoFizz Charlotte, a non-profit dedicated to bringing awareness to the importance of proper hydration. He resides on Lake Norman with his 2-year old boxer, Dakota.


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