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Avoiding Diet Patch Scams

Updated on February 24, 2013

The Diet Patch Scam

Floating amid the sea of obsession with fitness, nutrition, and weight loss are pesky diet patch scams.  Diet patch scams are bread and butter con games boasting the same features of a scam with a new face, and it starts with the clutter in the inbox known as spam.  Before trying any product promoting weight loss, including diet patches its best to do some fact finding.  Remember the old saying about if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?  There are few weight loss programs that serve as a living example of this warning more than diet patches.

If it’s too good to be true it usually is; diet patches might promise the world in weight loss, pounds of fat melted away or inches off your waistline.  Plus you don’t have to change your diet or exercise.  Do nothing except wear a patch and buy skinnier clothes, but actual results may vary.  If looking into a diet patch look for any clinical studies done on it.  These studies attempt to make a scientific baseline for the effectiveness of a product under specific conditions and what potential side effects might be.

Do a little research into the company marketing the product and see if they are legitimate.  Do they have a customer service number?  Do they accept multiple forms of payment or just cash or money order?  Do they sell other products proven to be legitimate?  Is their address an actual retail location or just a mailing address.  Will the company send you more information?  Many scams are operated from another country, and several diet patch scams have originated from Canada, and many are operated from mailboxes offering no physical address and can be notoriously difficult to contact via telephone.

If you decide to try a diet patch such as the apple diet patch you will find several personal reviews online, many saying the product works great, others saying it’s a hoax, still others bashing you for buying a patch rather than relying on diet and exercise, some bashing the diet patch companies for preying mercilessly on the feeble-minded masses and on, and on, and on.  The truth at the core is that as a buyer you need to inform yourself about the product and the company you are buying it from, and the truth about the diet patch scams is that while some might work, they are not proven effective on a broad scale and they are not proven to be any more effective than a simple placebo effect.

Real Diet Aides

When it comes to weight loss, there is no easy solution like a wrap around belt or some type of a patch to melt away pounds. In the end someone who wants to lose a lot of weight will have to make the decision to change their diet, start exercising, and bit by bit anyone can achieve their goals. Look for advice and help from professionals who know what they're doing, not scam artists trying to peddle one more easy answer. Things like "The Biggest Loser" DVD workouts, to something as simple as calorie counting and taking two 30 minute walks every day can be enough to get going, and that first step is the one that matters most.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for an excellent hub. Well done.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      8 years ago

      I never considered skin patches for any cure to be that effective. But hey, that chocolate diet---yummy I like that possibility! ;o)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice hub.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Has there been any scientific evidence that the diet patch actually works, and what does it actually do anyway? Me thinks it's all a scam. Stick to the Jerusalem diet.


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