Weight Loss Schemes
The Unites States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General reports that 61% of Americans are overweight. One of the cruelest schemes of all is the promise of weight loss to people who have become desperate to lose weight. Not only do weight loss schemes lighten only the wallet of victims they also dash the dreams and hopes of those hoping for the magic bullet in their battle against obesity.
As recently as 2006, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports as many as 30.2 million Americans have fallen victim to a scam involving weight loss. That is an astounding 13.2% of the adult United State’s population or approximately one in every seven adults. The FTC goes on to state that “weight loss schemes” have more victims than any of the other frauds that have been surveyed.
The Magnetic Back Magnet by Ace Magnetics
In the infomercials, a spokesperson for Ace Magnetics (a paid actor) interviews people who claim to be physicians, physical therapists, and sports experts (whom are also just paid actors themselves); all touting the ‘wonderful benefits’ of this blatant weight loss scheme.
The claim is simple: Place these magnets on your back to aid circulation, immunity to disease, and to help the body reach its prime physical shape.
The sad reality of the offer is that neither the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has ever approved the use of magnets being placed directly on the skin as an acceptable form of any type of therapy.
The Gym Fitness by ABS Toning
The claim is that “ten minutes equals 600 sit-ups.” This claim is disturbingly unrealistic. Infomercials prey on late night viewers and enticed the viewers to try their product. In the infomercials, beautiful, thin models (all exclaiming amazement at their weight loss results) lounged by the pool. This deceptive advertising fooled many.
Recent FDA reports indicate that only a slight degree of toning is even possible via electrical stimulation. In this case, and many other weight loss schemes, the FTC has managed to close many of these businesses for fraudulent claims.
The Power Wrap by Suddenly Slender
This concept seems simple enough. Perhaps that’s why so many fell for this weight loss scheme so quickly. The claim is that by wearing The Power Wrap a body would lose inches and pounds of water-weight by simple perspiration. Putting the “sauna suit” on, and waiting a few minutes, was all that’s required to take the inches off.
The reality is, just a few short minutes after removing the suit, the inches come back. While the wrap caused temporary water displacement, and appeared to work fine, the body always reverts to its natural shape and dimensions. For some consumers with circulatory issues this device was quite dangerous.
Tips for “Real” Weight Loss
The United States Surgeon General has given several proven weight loss tips for people suffering from obesity. Physical activity combined with calorie reduction is the best way to achieve and maintain weight loss. Start with a low impact exercise such as walking. Maintaining your weight once you achieve your desired weight loss means that your intake of calories must equal your output of energy.