False diet advertisements are actually more common than you think. In fact, probably at least half of all of the diet advertisements that you see when you open up just about any magazine probably provide false claims. The good news is that there are many things which you can easily look out for if you want to avoid diets, diet pills or diet books which have false advertisements.
1. Claims of Unrealistic Potential Weight Loss
If a certain product or diet claims that you will lose 20 pounds in just four days, you should know that the product is false advertising. A realistic weight loss goal would be losing five pounds in a week – not twenty pounds in a week. Whenever possible, it is a good idea to avoid products altogether which state a certain amount of weight that you will lose. Since everybody’s body and lifestyle is a lot different, someone that does not know you cannot easily judge how much weight you have the potential to lose on a certain diet or product.
2. Claims that You No Longer Need to Diet to Lose Weight
Diet pills do not work wonders, as much as many people may wish that they will. Even if you do decide to take one, it is important for you to realize that it will not necessarily help you lose weight. It will definitely not help you lose weight if you do not diet at the same time. While a diet pill may speed up your metabolism or do whatever it claims to, stuffing your face with junk and greasy foods is only going to cause you to gain weight. Any diet or diet pill that claims that you no longer need to diet at all is a false advertisement. Unless the advertisement says that you can eat foods which will make you feel as though you are not dieting, such as what Nutrisystem claims, then you should really beware of the product altogether.
3. Claims that You Don’t Need to Exercise to Lose Weight
This goes along with there being any type of claims that you no longer need to diet in order to lose weight with a certain product or diet. Exercise is known to be a very important key to both weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. No matter what product or diet you are on, you should not cut out your regular exercise routine because you think that you can lose weight without it. Any product that tells you that exercise is no longer necessary is lying. Many products use what they can to grab your attention and reel you in with false advertisements. Many people hate exercising, so a lot of products use this to their advantage when trying to attract interested dieters.
4. Claims that Others Have Lost Significant Amounts of Weight
Although you may not even realize it, many times the people who are in the “before and after” photographs that can be found in most magazine or television advertisements have not lost any weight due to the product or diet. Digital editing and make-up, such as self-tanner, is often used to make it appear as though they have lost weight. There have been some stories in which people have claimed that they were paid to not eat for a certain period of time in order to achieve the weight loss goal. No matter what the case is, it is important to realize that if the person featured in the advertisement lost weight, it was probably not from the product that you are interested in.
5. Claims that the Product Will Lead to Permanent Weight Loss
Although we would all like to wish that a certain product can help us lose weight permanently, this is not the way that things work. Many people tend to gain their weight back after a short period of time, especially when they go on a fad diet. Claiming that a product will lead to permanent weight loss is just a complete and total lie. There is no such product out there. If there was, do you think that there would be so many people who are overweight? Diet, exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle are the best ways to keep your weight off, but none of these ways are even permanent. Continuous routines will help you make your weight loss a long-term goal, rather than a short-term goal.