How to Identify a Diet Scam

You might think you know your glycemic index from your amino acids - but can you identify when you're being faced with a diet scam? We are currently faced with a plethora of weight loss solutions being shoved in our faces at every opportunity - in magazines, newspapers, on television and probably the worst of them all - being sold them by people we trust.  With all the magic pills and potions on offer out there, is it any wonder that we as a nation are more confused now than we have ever been when it comes to losing weight? Is it any wonder that the obesity crisis is worsening year upon year?

Fad diets and false promises are creating an epidemic of confusion, guilt, deprivation and unworthiness - but what can you do to protect yourself from falling prey to yet another diet scam? 

Here are some things to bear in mind when you feel inclined to try a new weight loss product:

1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

A lot of this comes down to some good old common sense. If it sounds too good to be true - then it probably is. Does it have outrageous testimonials and claims such as "lose 20lbs in 2 weeks"? Avoid these like the plague. 

2. You see it being sold on social media, but nobody seems to name the company or product!

Inconspicuous posts on social media channels like Facebook by friends and people you trust about the latest product they've tried to help with weight loss. Usually followed by something like "if you want to try it - just PM me". Comments asking what the product is will be left unanswered, usually because it is some sort of MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) product which has no real evidence backing up its claims. The sad thing is, the person selling the product to you is more interested in getting you to sell it too! Again, listen to your intuition here - common sense prevails again! 

3. You are being asked to cut out entire food groups or foods completely.

Getting a balance of all nutrients in your diet is vital for your health, so if a diet asks you to cut out or drastically cut down on a particular nutrient like carbohydrates for example, then your bullshit radar should be going off full swing! By cutting certain foods or food types out of your diet completely, you may be missing out on essential nutrients! Not to mention you'll soon be craving as a result of deprivation! 

4. Promises of quick fixes backed up with outrageous testimonials should ring alarm bells!

"Lose 20lbs in 2 weeks" or variations thereof. This is not healthy, nor sustainable, even if it were true. Testimonials claiming to have lost obscene amounts of weight in a short space of time should be taken with a pinch of salt. How is this person doing 6 months after they've finished their magic potion? That's what I'd like to know! Again, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

5. Avoid buzz words like 'increases your metabolism', 'blocks or slows down carbs being absorbed', 'boosts fat burning', 'boosts your metabolism' and other such claims. 

6. Above all, just use your common sense. I know it's tempting to sign up for the latest fad diet, pill or potion when you're feeling really low and desperate - honestly, I know. I've been there. I've done the fat burners, the weight loss drops and the meal replacements, I've been through the misery of cutting carbs and binging until guilt destroys your self worth. I've been there. None of it works! 

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About the Author

"All in or all out" Rachael is a vibrant, no-bullshit-talking Scottish nutrition geek and coach helping women to lose weight without giving up their confidence OR their favourite foods.

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