Monday poll: Crazy diet schemes
Via diet-blog. The Office of Fair Trading in the UK has come up with what I think is a wonderful way to combat online weight-loss scammers by creating their own ridiculous weight loss products. These fake products have names like Fat Foe and Glucobate and the ads use the same vaguely scientific-ish language combined with completely outrageous claims as to the potency of the products that you see in real ads. However, when you click to order these products, you are directed to a page which gives you some helpful hints for spotting diet scams.
It’s tempting to wonder who in the hell is purchasing a lot of the diet stuff I see on television and the internet. However, believing that a pill can cause magic fat loss isn’t that different from believing that a particular combination of foods can cause magic fat loss. The latter might have some tiny kernel of truth (like the inefficiency of protein metabolism or that eating a lot of fiber might help decrease total caloric intake) but the claims are never “this diet helps lower total intake which will lead to weight loss”. They’re always “magic fat-burning!!!!”
So I’m wondering what kind of weight-loss products you’ve tried. Pills, creams, magic electrical fat jiggling devices? I can’t include even a tenth of the products out there so I’m going with those I remember most clearly. And, this does not include OTC appetite suppressants or stimulants. If you’ve tried some stuff not on the poll, tell me about it in the comments.
For my part, I’ve tried magic fiber shakes, metabolife and most mainstream diets. Amazingly, none of them worked.