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5 Things The Fitness Industry Is HIDING From You....

Updated on September 29, 2012

Here's the top 5 things the fitness industry won't tell you. If the public remains in the dark on these issues, fitness companies will continue to steal people's money by making false claims and selling scam-products. Don't be 1 of the many people that fall prey to their greedy methods.

1. This is how to burn fat.....

Fitness products sell people on 2 false claims about burning fat- spot reduction and cardio. Spot reduction means that you can burn fat off of your belly by doing ab exercises, or tighten your arms by doing bicep curls or tricep extensions. This is basically saying that you can isolate body fat- a totally false claim. Your body doesn't work that way, you can't isolate fat stores. Sit-ups and crunches will no more burn fat off of your stomach than playing video games. The other fat-burning lie is that cardio is the best method for burning fat- yet again a major falsehood. Cardio plays a part in using the energy you consume (through calories) and therefore preventing fat storage, but it is by far not the best overall method. Commercials will sell you on the idea that their treadmill or cardio machine is the best product on the market for burning fat and that any other attempt at fitness will get you no where.

2. You Can Eat Whatever You Want and Still Lose Weight...

I've seen several commercials for different eating guides that charge a lot of money to show you how to eat. They claim that you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want and still lose weight, if you simply follow their method of eating. What do they have you do, chew it for a while and then spit it out? These claims for weight loss are very sketchy- any trainer or nutritionist will tell you that losing weight requires cutting back on starchy, fatty foods and replacing them with veggies, complex carbs and lean proteins. Any eating guide that sounds too good to be true, probably is.

3. You Simply Can't Lose That Exta Weight- Here Cover It Up...

I've also seen many, many commercials for some type of "slimming garment". These apparatuses usually conform to the torso, fitting under the clothes and spreading out any saggy areas of the body. This technique does work to some extent, but the companies make money off of their product by claiming that you can't get rid of "that extra 10 to 20 pounds" no matter how much you diet or exercise. Is it not obvious that these sneaky market professionals are deliberately trying to portray their product as the only option for a large portion of viewers? It's quite obvious to me. Don't get information on losing weight from a tv commercial- they always have an agenda, and it usually involves your credit card number.

4. Losing Weight Is Fast and Easy, IF....

Losing weight takes time, persistance and dedication. Any product that tells you otherwise is just trying to get your money. This would include all supplements that tell you all you have to do to lose weight is take their pill. Granted, there are some weight loss shakes out there that have provided moderate success to customers trying to lose weight, but these success stories are almost always due in part to the consumer's other attempts as well, like dieting and exercise. One piece of equipment, pill, or powder isn't enough. Fitness doesn't come in a bottle- it's a lifestyle.

5. You Can Burn 12 Pounds of Fat In 1 Week...

Totally false. People fall for these scams by the millions. And by the way, you can lose 12 pounds in 1 week, it's just not fat that you're dropping- it's water. The human body is almost 70% water, so it stands to reason that anything that alters your body-water levels will in turn alter your body weight. These products will expel water from the body in some form or fashion, giving the elusion of weight loss. But then your body reaches a point where it simply cannot lose anymore water (without serious illness resulting) and you don't lose anymore weight. So in the end, you're left dehydrated and just as fat as ever. Please, do not spend your money on scams that offer super-fast weight loss- they're just designed to get you excited enough to open your wallet.

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      Jesse Claffee 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thanks daisyjae! There's millions that trust the wrong people, that's for sure.

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      daisyjae 5 years ago from Canada

      It is nice to see you getting the truth out there. Too many people fall for weight loss scams. Voted up & useful.