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How to spot a weight loss scam



Expert: how to spot a weight loss scam

By Beth Galvin, FOX Medical Team Reporter
When it comes to dieting most of us would love a quick fix, but if that weight loss plan sounds too good to be true... it probably is!
  You're ready. You want it. You're going to finally conquer your weight!
So how can you avoid getting tripped up by a diet plan  that just can't deliver? We asked Meagan Moyer, a registered dietitian with the Emory Bariatrics Center, for her advice.
She says beware of big claims that sound just too good to be true.   Moyer says, “Definitely the first red flag of a diet scam would be "Do this!  Don't change anything about your eating or your exercise habits and you'll lose weight! Just take this pill!" Honestly, true weight loss, true behavior change has to come about with eating better  and becoming more physically active."
 And, if a weight loss plan claims to work  for everyone?  It probably doesn't.   Moyer says, "We all have different metabolisms.  So one-size-fits-all is definitely not the case."    
  Also, steer clear of diets that sound just too easy  or too hard.  That's where a lot of us get tripped up.  Moyer says, “I'd say the worst mistake a person might make is really trying to follow a very restrictive diet.  Like a cleanse, or something like that.  Without medical supervision, or even
with medical supervision, those can actually be very dangerous and really wreak havoc on your body and your health."
 "If you're looking to follow a certain diet plan, definitely do your homework.” Moyer says, “Find out who it is. What are their credentials? Do they actually know about nutrition?  Is it effective ? Do your homework.  It's your health. You want to feel better, not worse."

So, where should we invest  our time and money?  What's tried and true?  Moyer says, “So, what really works is behavior change. We can all do better in eating more healthfully, being more active.  So the best thing you can do is not put yourself on a diet. It's all about true behavior change. Behavior change takes a long time, but it sticks. It lasts, and it's the end of dieting."