Imagine this: you’re standing in front of the mirror and looking up and down at your body. You don’t like what you see, and you want it to change. Working out seems like too much work though, because you want results now! So you settle back in to watch television, and commercials telling you how to lose weight quick start popping up. Here’s your chance, you think, and so you ring up some sketchy call centre. Needless to say, you end up wasting your money on scam products that doesn’t work.

This happens often, as people know they can cash out on the desire we all have to lose weight. Here are three really influential scam diets from recent years.

Sensa Powder Products

“Get a gym body without going to the gym! No counting calories! No stimulants! No pills!” This is what the Sensa power ad claims, instead offering a different solution: a powder that makes you get full faster, so you eat less, and lose weight, up to 30 pounds.

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The powder was a total scam, of course, as there was no evidence the power would suppress appetite, or that doing so was even a healthy way to lose weight. The company’s former CEO and product creator were ordered by a court to pay over $26 million after being found guilty of defrauding customers. The scam was popular, though, pulling in more than $360 million in four years.

Almond Beautiful Shape Cream Products

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The manufacturer behind this “body sculpting almond extract” product, L’Occitane, claimed the product would be able to take off almost 1.5 inches from consumers thighs in just under four weeks while also reducing cellulite. No evidence that this worked was ever found, and in 2014 the company was forced to pay $450,000 for false advertising.

Shrinking Beauty Lobster Lotion Products

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DERMAdoctor created a lotion and put out ads claiming it mimicked a lobster’s ability to shrink its body. An ad for the product said, “Learn from the lobster. This sea creature knows exactly how to shrink a size effortlessly without going on a diet. Our slimming and toning formula mirrors the ecdysteroid hormone lobsters produce to get skinny and wiggle free of their shells.”

The promised result? 1 inch of cellulite reduction in just two weeks. The Federal Trade Commission eventually caught on, and the company was forced to retract their bizarre claims.

These all sound pretty crazy, right? But desperate times sometimes force people to look past doubts that would normally stop them.

Needless to say, you should be skeptical of anyone telling you losing weight quickly is possible, even us! But our strategies are all based on scientific evidence, so call us and we’ll show you our methods can work for you, starting today!