Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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Exercise and a Healthy Diet: The Ultimate Successful Weight Loss Program

Millions of Americans go on diets every year, making the weight loss industry a very lucrative business, but don?t be fooled by fad diets and weight loss gimmicks; a healthy diet and consistent exercise are still the best way to loose weight and keep it off.

The following tips should assist you in avoiding weight loss scams, but remember if something appears too good to be true, it probably is.

Exaggerated claims or promises

Be skeptical of weight loss programs and/or products that promise significant results with little or no effort. All healthy weight loss programs involve exercise and a healthy diet ? there are no quick and easy solutions. Also, be wary of statements like ?scientific breakthrough? or ?revolutionary? ? there are no ?magic? weight loss pills or formulas; claims like these are not legitimate.

Misleading comparisons

Many weight loss companies use ?success stories? to advertise their product, but no two people manage their weight the same. Remember that what works for one person may not work for you.

Confusing product labels

As a result of the ?low carb boom,? many people began to inspect product labels; however, not all the information found on labels is easy to understand or uniformly disclosed. For example, many products now highlight the ?net carb? count; this count is not the total carbohydrate content of the product. Specifically, a ?net carb? count is only the total pure carbohydrates in a product; the net carb count does not include carbohydrates derived from other sources, like fiber or sugar alcohol. Therefore, a product can advertise a 4 gram net carb count, but actually contain 20 total grams of carbohydrates. Beware of confusing product labels like these.

Fast results

It is not healthy to lose weight fast, nor is it an effective means to maintain your weight loss over time. Products or programs that promise fast weight loss are probably scams and worst yet, may damage your health.

Pills & supplements

There is a plethora of weight loss pills and supplements currently on the market, but few have FDA approval. Absent FDA approval, any negative side effects, drug interaction or ineffectiveness of the supplement remain unregulated. Also, herbal supplements rarely seek FDA approval. Remember, just because a product claims to be ?herbal? or ?natural? does not mean it?s healthy.

Above all, always check with your physician before starting any weight loss program and remember that nothing will magically help you lose weight ? physical exercise and a balanced diet is always the best weight loss program.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Attorney General?s Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800?441-2555.