Sensa-tionalistic Claims Don’t Shake Off the Pounds
Does the claim that sprinkling powder on your food to help you lose weight – without dieting or exercising – sound more like magic pixie dust to you?
That’s what the FTC thought when it settled with the makers of Sensa, a powder purported to help people lose weight. They claimed shaking Sensa on any type of food would make you feel full faster. That, in turn, would help you eat less and lose weight.
But here’s the skinny: There’s no scientific evidence this type of weight-loss product works. In fact, without diet or exercise, any claims that a pill, patch, cream, or in this case, powder, will help you lose substantial weight are bogus.
The best way to lose weight? Eat fewer calories and get more exercise. And remember these key points:
- Be skeptical about any weight loss promise, testimonial, or endorsement. Research the company or the product before you make a decision to buy. And don’t get hooked on promises of quick, easy, or permanent weight loss; all you’ll lose is money.
- Beware of dietary supplements promoting weight loss. The FDA doesn’t evaluate or review dietary supplements – which may contain drugs or other contaminants – for effectiveness before they go on the market. They might not work.
- Report questionable weight loss claims to the FTC.
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