I find it a bit ironic that this article be featured at the same time ads for Sensa are on nutrition tracker. While I realized Sparkpeople.com does not endorse its advertisers, seeing a product like this on my nutrition tracker makes it appear otherwise.
I would like to come out with a new REVOLUTIONARY product. A little white plastic bottle with a great label that promises fantastic weight loss, health benefits, and added years to your life. It will have a huge cotton ball inside that you have to take out. And when you take the cotton ball out it will have a string attached to a message that reads: "GOTCHA...only eating healthy, limiting your calories, and getting exercise is going to work...WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE"
When I read this article the tv ad for "Sensa" came to my mind. Just sprinkle sensa on your food and lose the weight. If it were only that easy! In the ad I see people sprinkling it on hot dogs and french fries....... then also there is a new ad for Jenny Craig called "my day". You do 5 days with Jenny and 2 days of your own healthy choices but yet the people on "my day" are shown eating movie popcorn and french fries. Is that healthy? They are telling people to make healthy choices but showing people they can eat whatever they want. sigh.......
1/28/2013 2:05:44 PM
Too bad that the FDA does not monitor the "miracle diet pills/powders" industry, and require products be safe for comsumption. People are often desperate to lose pounds, and will risk their health in taking these diet aids.... WHY--- doesn't the government require testing on this?
While I do think there are some unsafe diet pills out there, I think that this article is making claims no differently than what the author says the diet pill industry does. Indeed, there actually are many healthy, natural supplements out there that not only work, but they are totally safe, and indeed beneficial. I have personally studied and read peer reviewed journal articles about many of these supplements. There are many natural supplements that do aid in appetite suppression, lower cholesterol, encourage thermogenesis (increased metabolism to burn calories), balance sugar levels, and a host of other positive health benefits. There are huge numbers of these articles that exist, proving that some of these supplements do indeed allow people to lose weight without a ton of exercising or changing of a person's diet. In my experience, however, one has to do their own research, and discover what's right for them. For many of the articles I've read, while exercise and diet doesn't have to change while taking the supplements, people who did lost more weight, and obviously are more healthy. Why wouldn't we all want to take supplements that not only have proven health benefits aside from weightloss, but would allow you to drop a few pounds as well? I think people need to research and educate themselves before they start slamming natural products that actually have science and rigor behind them.
I have written about this very subject several times on my blog. The peddlers of these products prey on people's desperate desire to be accepted in "normal" (thin) society (which doesn't exist by the way).
When is the USDA and the FDA going to step in and require approval of these supplements before they hit the market? When is the FTC going to step up and require scientific, peer reviewed evidence of claim made by the promoters of these products?
This is a multi-BILLION dollar industry that is completely unregulated.
1/26/2013 8:33:57 AM
This is an article about weight loss fad diets/scams/false advertising etc. Reading the article and dragging my cursor over the text (light blue links), I get pop-ups advertising the products/services the article is talking about. Come on, Spark! Don't advertise what your panning.
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