Protect yourself against weight loss scams
Signs of a possible scam or dangerous product
• Uses words such as “miracle,” “secret,” and “ancient remedy”
• Claims of losing a pound or more a day
• Claims of clinical proof with no evidence
• Claims you can lose weight without diet or exercise
• Not easily obtained
• Claims of permanent weight loss
• Claims of no more failure
• Claims of being safe/all-natural
• Money-back guarantee
• It sounds too good to be true!
Losing weight by diet and exercise is no quick trick. To lose one pound, you must burn 3,500 calories by either eating less, exercising more, or a combination of the two. To maintain your weight, the number of calories consumed must equal number of calories burned. Healthy weight loss is best done slowly, but even after losing weight there are no lifetime guarantees. Maintaining your new weight requires effort as well. When you are ready to lose weight, talk to your doctor and/or registered dietitian about how to get started.
Federal Trade Commission. Weight Loss Advertising: An Analysis of Current Trends. www.ftc.gov/bcp/reports/weightloss.pdf. (accessed January 16, 2008).
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
Lemon and Garlic Roast Pork Mixed Vegetable Casserole Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar Stuffed Shrimp with Lemon-Pomegranate Glaze Sweet & Sour Green Tomato Salsa Salmon with Watercress Puree Roasted Corn Soup Lemon Parsley Shrimp over Rice Fruit Punch Avocado Tofu Dip
So... About that swollen finger. Against my better judgement I skipped going to the doc for the swollen finger. It is my middle finger, by the way, on my right hand. After talking with a friend of mine, I decided to give a home regiment a try. I wasn't in *that* much pain and really, what could it hurt. I knew that if whatever I tried didn't work I'd end up at the doctor's office anyway. Just fitting in that visit - plus going on an antibiotic - which has its whole set...