“Magic pills” and “detoxification systems” that promise instant weight loss have been around for years. In the 21st century, the market continues to meet the demand of the such products, yet many of these so called products do not provide the advertised weight loss.
While the bombardment of which products can be overwhelming, be careful what you shell out money for. The table I’ve created below provides examples of weight loss claims that have not been found efficacious with using such products.
Instead, diet and regular bouts of exercise are the still proven tried and trued method of losing and maintaining weight loss.
|If I skip meals, I’ll lose weight quicker||
o Quick breakfast options: whole wheat toast with fruit spread or oatmeal with low fat yogurt and berries
|Fad diets will help me lose weight and keep it off||
o Safe wt loss: 0.5-2#/wk
|Carbs are fattening. I should limit.||
o Simple: candy, cake, cookies, sugar sweetened desserts/drinks and alcohol
o Complex: fruits, vegetables, whole grains
|“Low fat” and “Fat free”=0 Calories||
|When dieting, one can’t eat fast food!||
o Avoid “value” combo meals as more calories than you need in one meal.
o Choose fresh fruit or nonfat yogurt for dessert
o Limit use of high fat/calorie toppings
o Pick steamed or baked items over fried
o Sip on water or fat-free milk instead of soda
o Choose soft instead of hard tacos
|Snacking is always a bad idea!||
|Eating healthy costs more!||
What weight loss claims have you encountered that isn’t listed in the table? Have any specific questions regarding weight loss claims you’ve heard that you’re not sure about? Ask away!