Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Don’t Fall For These Weight Loss Gimmicks!

Don’t Fall For These Weight Loss Gimmicks!

Seaweed baths, body wraps, diet soap? Just another of the hoaxes that clever promoters are using to decrease your wallet size. Weight loss is a gold mine, and unscrupulous operators will use any gimmick to convince you that their product is the magic cure that will melt away your pounds without a smack dab of effort.

Here are some of the latest doozies.

The Diet Patch

Transdermal delivery of medication is the real deal, and there are certain medications that are absorbed readily through the skin. However, the most common active ingredient used in diet patches on the market is 'fucus vesiculosus', a seaweed that is a major source of iodine. Iodine was once a recommended treatment for obesity, because it helps promote healthy thyroid function. Because of side effects, it was discontinued. Save your cash for an exercise bike.

Wash your fat away with slimming soap!

The claim is that this is an ancient Chinese soap that contains a unique blend of ingredients derived from seaweed which will 'emulsify' the fat. Call something “ancient Chinese” and seems like you can get away with any claim.

Magnetic Weight Loss... earrings

Yes, earrings. And yes, another ancient Chinese Secret. All you have to do is balance the magnetism in the body. Simply wear a magnet near your ear, and you can eliminate hunger, increase metabolism, rev up the healing process and zap pain. Now, I have experienced some benefits from magnetic therapy, but I haven’t seen a single solitary ounce fall by the wayside with this one. At least some of the earrings are pretty.

All of these new weight loss discoveries should be taken with a grain of salt the size of Texas. Toss them in File 13 - right next to sauna wraps, copper bracelets, and electro-slimming belts. There is a secret to losing weight. Eat less and move more!

Posted by Anna Dedrick
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