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Keto Diet Pill Scams

Posted 22 March 2022

Spotting a keto diet pill scam is not hard if you know what to look for.

If you’ve ever wondered if that keto diet pill you saw advertised on social media was actually endorsed by the judges on “Shark Tank,” the answer is no – no such product has ever appeared on the pitch show.

Deceptive weight-loss claims. On the order page, the marketers of Trim Life Keto claim that their product helps users lose up to 5 pounds in the first week and up to 20 pounds in the first month “without diet or exercise.” According to the FTC, claims that a product “causes weight loss of two pounds or more a week for a month or more without dieting or exercise” are automatic red flags. Not to mention, on the previous page, see above, the scammers claim their supplement enables users to lose Read the rest

Science Has Shown These Five Weight Loss Supplements Are a Waste of Money

Posted 11 December 2019

By Clare Collins, Lee Ashton & Rebecca Williams

The Conversation 8 Dec 2019

When you google “weight loss” the challenge to sort fact from fiction begins.

These five supplements claim to speed up weight loss, but let’s see what the evidence says.

1. Raspberry ketones

Raspberry ketones, sold as weight loss tablets, are chemicals found in red raspberries responsible for that distinct raspberry flavour and smell. You can also make raspberry ketones in a lab.

A study in obese rats found raspberry ketones reduced their total body fat content.

In one study, 70 adults with obesity were put on a weight loss diet and exercise program, and randomised to take a supplement containing either raspberry ketones, or other supplements such as caffeine or garlic, or a placebo.

Only 45 participants completed the study. The 27 who took a supplement lost about 1.9 kilos, compared Read the rest

5 supplements that claim to speed up weight loss – and what the science says

Posted 31 January 2018

From The Conversation

When you google “weight loss” the challenge to sort fact from fiction begins. These five supplements claim to speed up weight loss, but let’s see what the evidence says (for raspberry ketones, Matcha green tea powder, Garcinia cambogia supplements, caffeine supplements, and alkaline water)

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Food supplements prey on people’s desire for change

Posted 13 January 2016

This article by Clare Allan and published in The Guardian, argues that that supplement peddlers prey on our vulnerabilities. They prey on our desire for change and on our lack of confidence in our own ability to effect it.

[quote]It won’t make the slightest difference. We believe because we want, or sometimes need, to believe. We feel powerless in the face of poor health, intractable external demands or our seeming inability to stick to a sensible diet plan. Sometimes we don’t even believe, that raspberry ketones, for example, will transform our bodies for us, but wouldn’t it be great if they did? It’s a lottery-ticket mentality. In it to win it. You never know, and besides what harm can it do?[/quote] [quote]In the case of raspberry ketones, it seems that there is potential for considerable harm. In 2013, 24-year-old Cara Reynolds died after taking an… Read the rest

Raspberry ketones and weight loss – bull!

12 June 2013

At the moment, the world appears to be crazy about the raspberry ketones diet following an endorsement by Dr Oz.

Is there evidence to support the claims in favour of raspberry ketones and weight-loss? Would you believe, not a single study has evaluated whether this ingredient has any benefit in weight loss! Correct, not one!

Sites that promote this product will give some scientific plausibility in support of the claims – but this is purely pseudoscience twaddle, i.e., sounds scientifically valid but the simple truth is this: not a single study has been performed to assess whether this product has any benefit for weight-loss.

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Is raspberry ketone effective for weight loss?

Posted 19 December 2012

The use of raspberry ketone for weight loss has produced a lot of talk following an endorsement by television host Dr. Oz as a “fat-burner in a bottle.” [1] The Dr. Oz Show Website recommends raspberry ketones “paired with regular exercise and a well-balanced diet,” but sales of “the number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat” have soared, unlike sales of fruits and vegetables.

But is there evidence that it works or is this another scam? 

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