I ran across these 12 guidelines to evaluate weight loss claims and spot a diet fad or outright scam. The diet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and everyone is trying to get a piece of the pie chart. Some things these people come up with just don’t work, yet are not harmful but some are just harmful. Listen to their claims. Listen to the hype they put into their product. If it’s too good to be true, then it’s not true. Buyer beware.
Here are some things you might hear.
1. “Eat anything you desire and still lose weight!”
Or you might hear, “eat all your favorite foods and still lose weight.” That might be true if you ate only a bite or two. However, you aren’t overweight because you could eat a bite or two.
It’s possible to control your portions sizes and eat anything you want. It might not be a healthy diet. You might eat one slice of pizza for dinner along with a salad. But what about the rest of the pizza? Dieters are not known for their will power. They don’t have the ability to eat one slice and put the rest in the freezer. Maybe if they only bought one slice. And it’s not just pizza, it’s all the desserts, chips, crackers, and snacks out there.
Every weight loss challenged person knows it’s the favorite foods that got him or her to where they are—overweight. Even those not gifted with rocket science mentality know that losing weight cannot possibly mean eating anything you want. It’s the portion sizes that put on the fat. Just eating smaller portions of what you presently eat, is not a cure for obesity.
Losing weight requires sensible food choices, not overloading on high-fat, high calorie foods. These are the foods you probably like the most. You probably frequent Italian and Mexican restaurants. These are the foods you desire.
Eating anything you want will certainly put your weight loss goals to the challenge. More than likely you will simply fail. I think this advertizing is counter productive and very misleading.