Is Herbalife a Scam?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I just need to vent for a moment. My mother-in-law and I joined a weight loss challenge a little over a week ago. It was advertised as "Be the Biggest Loser in ##### County." It cost $29 to join the 12 week program. When we got there, before we weighed in or got started, we had to sign a contract stating the $29 fee was unrefundable, that if we gain a pound on the challenge we have to pay $1 for each pound gained, if you don't make it to a meeting you have to pay $5 for missing, and if you come and weigh in but leave before the "nutrition" lecture, you have to pay $2. Little did we know we were joining a Herbalife Weight Loss challenge. The "nutrition" lecture is them telling us how much more enriched our lives would be if we were to use their products. These people are advocating the discontinuation of people's medicine, telling them diabetes can be completely controlled with diet, high cholesterol is a myth propagated by pharmaceutical companies to get you to take more pills, and so on and so forth. Oh, did you know milk isn't a source of calcium (since when???). None of them are nutritionists or dieticians. None of them have any sort of degree. I am so frustrated. I joined because $29 seemed reasonable for a weight loss program. I'm laid off and money is tight. I feel like I've been duped, lied to, taken advantage of. I understand they can not force me to use their products and if I win the weight loss challenge, that money is still mine ($250 prize) but I don't enjoy being forced to listen to their sales pitch or their own propaganda! Has anyone else had a similar experience? Is there someone I can report them to? I feel they falsely advertised themselves.