I find them mostly amusing, but sad for the people who may fall for the really scam-y stuff. Unfortunately, on a lot of the channels that I watch, they still have the scam stuff even after some of the more legitimate programs (WW, etc.) taper off.
Fitness Minutes: (47,655)
4,839 1/13/14 11:40 A
there has also been recent press about severe liver damage (sometimes irreversible) from use of these OTC diet supplements.
as long as people want an easy way out, and are willing to overlook the risk of trying the next latest, greatest thing...these companies will be in business. The fines are just a slap on the wrist compared to the $ they take in. Or they declare bankruptcy and 'can't pay the fine' then come back doing the same thing under a different name.
it's really tempting when you see these ads in the wee hours, you are sleep deprived and not thinking clearly. It sounds like it's worth a try.
and sometimes with these exercise videos- especially the ones from the maker of insanity- there may be a blurp in very small print that the person also followed a sensible diet. Anyone who has followed SP or has any common sense whatsoever knows that you cannot lose that much weight just exercising. Weightloss comes from the kitchen not the gym.
Actually, a lot of those are reverse before-and-afters. They hire someone who's in very good shape, do a professional photo shoot, and pay them to gain weight. Then once they're up by 20-30 pounds, they dress them up sloppy and put on theatrical "ugly" makeup and take their picture again with deliberately unflattering lighting and camera angles. It's a total scam.
And it's the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) that has sued/fined some supplement makers. The FDA can't touch them because the supplement lobbyists have gotten Congress to strictly limit the authority of the FDA to food, drugs, and medical devices, and then the supplement makers declare that their products are not any of those things. Weight loss supplements are not regulated for quality, safety, or effectiveness, so the only way to control them is by prosecuting them for consumer fraud.
The recent exception has been the HCG scams, because real HCG actually is classified as a drug-- it's used legitimately to trigger puberty in boys with growth disorders, and in fertility treatments. The FDA and FTC managed to team up against some HCG weight loss scammers by saying, "Hey, if this stuff has actual HCG in it, you're misusing a drug, and if it doesn't, you're falsely advertising. So which is it? Are you quacks or cheats?"
I think they're actually quite funny! It's too bad no one follows up with those people to see the "after" after picture... after they go back to their regular lifestyle. I'm willing ot bet that they go back to their before picture! :)
Fitness Minutes: (89,001)
11,861 1/13/14 10:08 A
I use the commercials to my benefit. Mute the TV and do an exercise while it plays out. For the number of commercial on TV you get in a lot of exercise.
I'm totally with the OP...it's so annoying and obnoxious. However, a bit of interesting news that makes it easier to take some of these commercials - several of these things are being sued (although I forget by who) for false advertising, making false claims and something to do with the FDA, although I don't remember what. If I come across the article I saw it in I'll post the link here.
Fitness Minutes: (2,634)
21 1/13/14 8:33 A
I have been seeing alot of those on my Facebook page too. Everytime I log on its a picture of someone saying they lost 40 lbs in a month. That isn't even healthy. It does get annoying after a while.
I don't pay any attention to them. I daresay most of the people in those commercials were paid to say whatever they're saying, and may not have used the product or even lost any weight at all. Marie Osmond is probably the most annoying (to me) but mostly because her lips look like she waaaaaay overdid it, with the injections.
The thing is, a lot of those commercials will go away in a few more weeks.... which is about when most people who made a New Year's resolution to lose weight, will give up.
Fitness Minutes: (221,560)
7,928 1/12/14 11:13 P
I know, I just ignore them!!!
Fitness Minutes: (74,443)
3,293 1/12/14 11:12 P
Turn off the TV!
Fitness Minutes: (78,100)
2,953 1/12/14 9:10 P
Every time I see those commercials, all I can think of is the word "spanx"
Fitness Minutes: (30,718)
1,866 1/12/14 8:46 P
Makes you want to grab a cookie, doesn't it?
Fitness Minutes: (2,820)
146 1/12/14 8:43 P
It /that/ time of year again, we're being bombarded with weight loss commercials. They're driving me battier than normal this year. "Hi! I'm Cutie and I lost 30 lbs in 3 months with _______. I've gone from a size 16 to a size 4!"
Really? Are you 3'6" or something? Or that by making those separate statements are you disguising the additional weight loss/time so we think with your magic program all we need to shrink our XL selves into a S is 30 lbs/90 days?
I know you're being deceitful. I just want you to go away now
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.