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Red Flags of Weight Loss Programs

Red Flags of Weight Loss Programs



As we begin this new-year, everywhere we turn we will be flooded with advertisements promising quick and easy weight loss.   Fraudulent advertisers prey on consumers and reap billions of dollars each year. While the scams may vary, the claims are almost always the same – easy, fast, and effortless ways to lose large amounts of weight in a hurry.  Consumers, desperate for results, fall prey.  But when it comes to permanent, sustainable weight loss, there are no magic tricks or easy answers.  If a product promises weight loss fast, easy, and without effort, it’s bogus.

The Federal Trade Commission has challenged hundreds of cases promoting deceptive weight loss claims.  But spotting false claims before consumers risk their money and perhaps even their health is something only we can do.  So be wary of what the FTC calls the “Seven Gut Check Claims”

Be wary if you a program that claims any of the following:

1.      Causes weight loss of two pounds or more a week for a month or more without dieting or exercise.

                       “I lost 30 pounds in 30 days – and still ate all my favorite foods.”

2.      Causes substantial weight loss no matter what or how much the consumer eats.

          “Need to lose 20, 30, 40 pounds or more?  Eat your fill of all the foods you crave and watch  

           the weight disappear!


3.      Causes permanent weight loss even after the consumer stops using product.

                       “Thousands of people have used (product X,Y,Z) and kept the weight off for good.”


4.      Blocks the absorption of fat or calories to enable consumers to lose substantial weight.

                “Block fat before your body absorbs it. The pounds and inches will melt away.”


5.      Safely enables consumers to lose more than three pounds per week for more than four weeks.

                Take off up to 10 pounds a week safely and effectively. Imagine looking into the mirror

                 just two months from now and seeing your new, slim reflection.”

6.      Causes substantial weight loss for all users.

                 Your search for a weight loss miracle is over. We’ve found the diet supplement

                  guaranteed to work 100% of the time – regardless of how much you want to lose.”

7.      Causes substantial weight loss by wearing a product on the body or rubbing it into the skin.

                         “Slink into those skinny jeans in no time.  Our patent-pending body wrap will increase the

                          metabolism around your hips to burn fat faster.  You’ll lose 2-3 pounds per week just by

                          wearing the body wrap while relaxing.  Blast off 25 pounds in 8 short weeks.”


There is no magical formula that will result in permanent, long-term weight loss.  Balanced, nutritious eating along with regular physical activity is the most successful path to sustainable weight reduction and a healthy lifestyle.

Happy New Year and healthy, happy eating.

Nancy Hintze,

Culinary Nutritionist, Reams Springville Market


Nancy Hintze

About the author

Nancy Hintze, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, began her career as a Foods and Nutrition teacher in Lehi, Utah in 2003. At the time she began teaching middle school students about nutrition, she weighed 286 pounds. She quickly became aware that if she expected her students to believe her, she had to be an example of what she taught. Over the course of the next several years, as she eliminated 125 pounds by changing what she ate and how she cooked, Nancy became passionate about sharing her healthy lifestyle keys with her students and their families. Along the journey of her transformation, she also became an avid chef with a zest for good old fashioned food preparation with a modern twist – healthy ingredients and ease of preparation.

Nancy is a licensed Family and Consumer Sciences teacher as well as a certified L.E.A.N Health Coach. She has developed and produced Community Nutrition Fairs, mentored students in the Fuel Up to Play program and accompanied one of her students to represent Utah in the National Fuel Up to Play summit in Washington, D. C. In addition, she has coached individual clients to achieve greater levels of personal wellness. And now we have the privilege of announcing Nancy as our very own Culinary Nutritionist here at Reams.

When she’s not sharing her passion for great eating with others, you can find her in her vegetable garden, or knitting or sewing, reading a great novel, hanging out with one of her 21 grandchildren or on the road in the RV that she and her husband love to travel in.