Watch Out For These Fitness and Weight Loss Scams

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If you are into fitness then you know there are so many programs and weight loss schemes that promise “faster” results. But while these programs seem interesting, not a lot of them are effective.

Unfortunately, the market is blinded by “scientific research” or testimonials from other “users.” The fact is, the fitness industry is full of scammers. These manufacturers will suck people in with unrealistic promises. The next thing you know, you just bought a $300 machine that does not work. Before starting your next fitness or weight loss program, avoid the following scams:

Vibrating Platforms

You probably saw vibrating platforms at the local mall or through home TV shopping. Usually, the spiel includes ‘scientific research” or “tests” that illustrate the effectiveness of vibration – as far as melting fat goes. Worse, one machine costs a few hundred dollars! Manufacturers will push the products with misleading information and unverified claims.

Don’t be fooled. These vibrating platforms have been around for years. And none of them works! You’re just wasting a lot of money on a bulky machine. You’re better off enrolling in a pricey gym to see results.

Power Balance

Power balance used to be hot just a few years ago. Every major athlete wore the bracelet. Celebrities were quick to sport the bracelet, swearing it works!

Power Balance “works” to increase a person’s energy level. But it’s never that simple. You cannot just wear a bracelet to energize the body. The claims are just ridiculous. Within a few years, after it became a trend, the maker of Power Balance Wristband admitted that it’s all a scam. It’s literally just a rubber bracelet with a hologram sticker. Here’s an excerpt from Power Balance’s admission that they used misleading claims to hawk their product:

“In our advertising we stated that Power Balance wristbands improved your strength, balance, and flexibility.

We admit that there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims and therefore we engaged in misleading conduct in breach of s52 of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

If you feel you have been misled by our promotions, we wish to unreservedly apologize and offer a full refund.”

Sauna Suits

Sauna suits are full body suits that trap heat to induce excessive sweating. As you sweat, you “lose” weight. While it’s true that you will lose weight when you sweat, you will gain it all back once you drink water. That’s because the weight you just lost from sweating is called water weight. It’s literally just water. No matter how frequent you wear the sauna suit, it will not tone the muscles or melt fat.

In addition to downright misleading weight loss claims, sauna suits are hazardous to the health. Wearing the suit raises the body’s temperature. At a certain point, the temperature affects the body. Body functions will be disrupted. Subjecting the body to high heat is not healthy at all.

Diet Patches

Diet patches supposedly eliminate cravings and inhibit overeating. But again, it’s never that easy. No amount of patches could stop the body from craving food.  And these claims are not verified scientifically. Before falling for this scam, we recommend digging deeper. Most times, dieters who “swear” by these products are paid models. Testimonials could be faked as well!


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