Diet & Weight Loss

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Diet & Weight Loss
You are bound to see unsubstantiated claims as you watch infomercials about diet and weight loss. They keep running the infomercials because countless people want to lose weight without any work and quickly. They thrive on this mindset. You can avoid most of these scams if you keep a few principles in mind:

1) Weight Loss Takes Time
For most people, you can safely lose 1-2 lbs a week. Anything more, the claims are probably not substantiated. Most people think there is a secret to losing weight that they do not know about. The fact is, there is no magic pill or system that can defy nature. As long as you adopt this mindset, the lure of high energy infomercials lose some of their magic.

2) Some Ideas Will Almost Always Fail
These include:
a) Metabolism-boosting pills based on herbal ingredients. This includes weight-loss teas.
b) Carb blocking pills.
c) Weight loss jewelry.
d) Slimming suits or sweat inducing clothing.
3) Stay Clear From Products That Claim¹
a) Lose weight without diet or exercise.
b) Lose weight no matter how much you eat.
c) Lose weight permanently.
d) Block absorption of fat, carbs and calories.
e) Lose 30 pounds in 30 days.

In addition to inaccurate claims, you have to be careful about billing issues (especially if you are ordering diet pills). This is because some infomercials selling diet pills will enroll you in a membership club. They often claim you can try the diet pill for free. However, unless you call and cancel, you will be enrolled in an auto-shipment membership club. They will continue to send you supplements each month until you cancel. On average, these membership clubs cost around $70.00 a month.

If you are buying exercise equipment or videos, you should read the fine print about their return policies and money back guarantee. Often you may be required to send proof with your claim for a refund that you used the product each and every day — or some other requirement to discourage returns. Find out this information before you buy.
In addition, when you order most companies will try to sell you related products. If you are ordering exercise equipment, they may include a free bonus such as a DVD. While it may be free, you should be aware that shipping and processing for bonus items are often extra — and can be expensive. We have heard many reports of people having their shipping and handling costs exceed that of the original product.

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