These weight loss pills won’t make you “High School Skinny”
Many companies have tag lines designed to catch your attention; many are true and backed up by good, solid evidence. Others… not so much. They may be downright deceptive.
Have you heard this one? “Get High School Skinny!” That’s what marketers of Healthe Trim promised people who bought their line of weight loss supplements. However, according to a settlement announced by the FTC, the company had no scientific evidence that these products actually worked.
Ads for Healthe Trim claimed the pills would lead to quick and easy weight loss by helping to burn fat, boost metabolism, and suppress your appetite. And they included testimonials from consumers who supposedly saw dramatic weight loss — as much as 35 to 165 pounds — without diet and exercise. But according to the FTC, the only thing consumers lost when they bought Healthe Trim was money.
Marketers of Healthe Trim were quick to pick up on the latest fad ingredients, too. They promoted the effectiveness of ingredients you may have seen on TV or in beauty magazines — like garcinia cambogia, green coffee bean, green tea leaf extract, raspberry ketone, and hoodia gordonii.
As much as you might wish it were true, there’s no miracle ingredient for fast and easy weight loss. And the FDA doesn’t evaluate or review dietary supplements — which may contain drugs or other contaminants — for effectiveness before they go on the market.
The best way to lose weight? Eat fewer calories and get more exercise. And when you see ads or hear catchy tag lines for weight loss products, do a gut check. If a product promises weight loss without any effort or lifestyle changes, it’s bogus.
Check out our article on claims to watch out for in weight loss ads, testimonials, and endorsements. If you see them, let us know. And if you’ve got a minute, play the FTC’s Weight Loss Challenge game to test yourself on how well you know the skinny on weight loss claims.