How to Avoid Diet Scam

Don't let testimonials and before and after photos sway you.


Do your own research on the product.


Before buying any kind of diet pill or supplement, look up the ingredients and research them on the internet. If the ingredients aren't listed, steer clear of the product completely.


Research the company.


If you're considering buying a diet pill or supplement, verify that you're buying from a legitimate company. Make sure they have contact information and give them a call to see if they're available to answer your questions. Check online and see if they're listed by the Better Business Bureau. Some companies will take your credit card number and put you on an auto shipment plan where you're automatically charged for diet pills every month. You may have to cancel your credit card just to stop the shipments.



The plain truth.


The disappointing truth is that diet pills don't work - which makes them all diet pill scams. The best way to lose weight - and do it safely - is to work with a nutritionist, Weight Watchers, or develop a reasonable healthy eating and exercise plan that allows you to lose a pound a week. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for weight loss. Skip the diet pills and do it the legitimate way.


Diet pill scams are big business. It seems like every time you turn on the T.V., there's a new infomercial pushing the latest quick fix for weight loss. These ads really speak to your emotions and your desire to lose weight - and many people end up falling for them. Not only are diet pill scams costly, but most diet pills don't work - and some can be downright dangerous. Here's how to avoid being a victim of diet pill scams.  Home



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


Some of the claims diet pill companies make are completely unrealistic. No one can expect to lose five pounds in the first week - unless it's water weight. Keep in mind that you have to take in or burn off 3,650 calories to lose a pound of fat. To lose five pounds of real body fat in a week would require require burning 18,250 more calories than you would normally. It just isn't realistic. When companies start spitting out claims like this, they're not reputable. Do the math and make sure what they're telling you makes sense.


Testimonials can be fake.


Before and after pictures often inspire people to purchase a diet product, but some of these testimonials are from people who are paid. In addition, many of the before and after pictures have been digitally altered to make them even more convincing. Some diet pill scammers go so far as to take photos of unsuspecting people who haven't given their consent and use them in testimonials.