A recent study found that 18.5% of those struggling with weight issues bought products through spam e-mails about weight loss, while only about 5% of those without weight issues did the same. That’s a significant difference. The study also found that people with weight issues had lower self-esteem levels and more stress.
This study parallels what I see among some of my clients. If a person is struggling with weight, not feeling good about themselves and feeling overwhelmed, the promise of rapid weight loss can be very compelling. I’ve had clients buy products they knew seemed bogus or even dangerous because they thought, “What do I have to lose?” or “Who know, maybe it’ll work.”
If you’ve been feel tempted to throw down your credit card for a quick fix, please keep the following things in mind:
Weight loss dietary supplements can be risky. These products aren’t required to be proven safe or effective before they’re released to the market and they may contain ingredients – even natural ones - that can raise blood pressure to dangerous levels, even in healthy, young adults, or cause other side effects like heart palpitations.
Extended strict detox or cleanse products (those that last more than one week) can suppress immunity, trigger a loss of muscle mass (which slows metabolism), and lead to fatigue, irritability and mood swings.
Before you buy anything investigate beyond the info that comes from the company trying to sell you the product. Look for reviews of the product by health care professionals who don’t have a stake in its sale. You can also find information on dietary supplements or their ingredients on web sites like Mayo Clinic and the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements.
Finally ask yourself if the product or plan sounds too good to be true – are your instincts telling you it seems fishy? If so you’re probably right!
Have you ever bought into a weight loss scam? Please share your story!