Sometimes weight loss doesn’t work the way we think it will. Here is a small sampling of some strange news on diet and weight loss.
File under: Will draw stares
“Don’t fight your cravings—become friends with them by trying to sneak in a little nutrition, too. Have what you love and crave, but think of a way to make it a little healthier. I make my hot chocolate with carrot juice to get a little health boost.” – Health.com
Our advice: We have nothing against this tip, per se–sneaking some extra veggies in will provide nutrition and bulk up a meal. Just be prepared for people to ask if you are pregnant with this behavior.
File under: Hoarding behavior
“Instead of throwing away a wrapper after you indulge in something sweet, keep it in a jar. It’ll help you be more aware of how much you’re eating.” – Health.com
Our advice: Another way to do this without looking like someone’s batty Aunt Kathy is to record what you eat in a discreet food tracker app on your phone. There are many free and paid options.
File under: What?
Kids who snack on Snickers bars and Twizzlers weigh less and are less likely to be overweight than their counterparts who avoid candy, a new study says. – Canada.com
Our advice: We don’t think there is anything wrong with kids having some sugar as long as they are active enough to burn it off. Plus, it teaches kids to focus on fitting treats into a healthy diet. However, getting kids hooked on Twizzlers and Skittles is not an idea for lasting health, let alone weight loss.
File under: Scam alert
Taking HCG hormone, the one that pregnant women produce, allows women to lose weight without feeling hungry. The regimen requires women to follow a diet consisting of no more than 500 calories a day, plus spending $900 for 6 weeks worth of hormone injections. – wpxi.com
Our advice: Eating 500 calories a day will make anyone lose weight–and become malnourished. We would never suggest a person eat 500 calories in a day, let alone inject a hormone into the body that costs $900. Don’t try this one at home, or anywhere for that matter.
How to spot a weight loss scam
If you see any of these claims, know they are bogus, says the Federal Trade Commission:
1. You can lose two or more pounds per week without diet or exercise.
2. You can eat all you want and lose weight.
3. This product will cause permanent weight loss even when stopped.
4. You can lose more than three pounds per week for more than four weeks.
5. It works for everyone.
6. Patches, creams, belts, and anything else you wear can help you lose weight.