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.
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
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 [...]