Weight Loss Scams to Watch for in 2012Weight Loss Scams« click for printable PDF version

As we enter the new year, many of us are focused on weight loss and making 2012 the year that we finally make good on our resolution to take our weight down to where it should be.

Unfortunately, 2012 is also the year where many unscrupulous marketers of the "latest & greatest" weight loss solutions are also out to capture what they can from your wallet.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) track complaints against weight loss companies. Their data show a whopping 50% increase in the number of complaints against weight loss "businesses" over the last 5-6 years.

Based on their report, here are a few examples to watch out for as you look to lose weight in 2012.

HOMEOPATHIC HCG - anyone selling HCG that is not a licensed doctor is almost certainly selling homeopathic HCG. The FDA recently issued warning letters to a number of companies telling them to stop selling Homeopathic HCG as it is deemed unsafe and ineffective.

FAKE CLINICAL TRIALS - the BBB reports a scam in which people interested in losing weight could enroll in a "clinical trial" to further weight loss research. The trial required a cash deposit to start and involved "special" pills to take once a day for 1-2 years. The "clinical trial" turned out to be a front to collect the cash deposits only.

WEIGHT LOSS TEA - there is no such thing, of course, but companies will still try to sell it to you, with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Turns out that when you ask for a refund, they stall the process so the 60-day period goes by - together with your money.

HYPNOSIS - The BBB also reports the promise of "Quit Smoking & Lose Weight in just one Session" with a 10-year, 100 percent money back guarantee on the $250 purchase. That company even falsely claimed that they were "the only organization of its kind endorsed by the BBB."

FAT-DISSOLVING INJECTIONS - Over 350 complaints came pouring in to the BBB on one company selling fat-dissolving injections for $10,000 or more. The procedure was not approved by the FDA and the injections often caused extensive swelling and pain. That company suddenly went "out of business" one day, but many others still offer the same procedure.

These are but a few of the weight loss scams out on the market as we enter the new year. Of course, there are many others, and rather than covering each one, we will close with a few tips on what to look for.

First, be wary of any weight loss pill that promises to "burn," "block," "flush," or otherwise eliminate fat from your system. Even the best diet pill or weight loss product is, at best, only a temporary or partial measure.

Second, be wary of any claim that promises immediate results. Short of surgery (which we do not recommend), there is no such thing as "immediate" weight loss.

Third, look for testimonials from real people on whatever program you choose to follow. Even better, are news stories that provide objective reports. Best of all, ask to speak to those people giving the testimonial to check it out directly.

Lastly, before committing to a weight loss product or program, check with your physician, the local BBB and FDA if you have any questions at all about a weight loss program or product that you want to follow or use.

If you're still in doubt and think we can help, feel free to email us your question.

Remember that it's a lot easier for a weight loss scam to slim down your wallet than your body. While your wallet may recover from the damage, your body may not.

Please do be careful.

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   - - Yours in health,   The Doctors of WeightWorks

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