Weight Loss the Healthy Way in the New Year

Healthy weight loss is the best way to go, say experts, as fads and gimicks are proven not to work.

Weight LossThe Federal Trade Commission has uncovered the truth behind four weight loss aids, and it is not a pretty sight. Millions of people around the world will set their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, and the emphasis should be on healthy ways. The problem is many aids focus on fads and lies.

In the second-largest settlement in history, Sensa has been ordered to pay $26.5 million for the deception with the “sprinkle, eat and lose weight” slogan. Three other weight loss marketers were also involved in this sweep by the FTC, which led to $34 million in total being paid. One of those was L’Occitane, which claimed that skin creams would help with losing weight. When the company failed to provide any evidence for these claims, it was ordered to pay $450,000. The company was also banned from marketing anything applied to the skin as a weight loss aid. LeanSpa and HCG Diet Direct were also fined.

Sensa products have been on sale around the country in stores such as GNC and Costco. It was also available to purchase online. Consumers will be happy to know that the money, where possible, is being paid back to them.

There are a number of weight loss plans on the market that promise a fast weight loss. However, it is important to watch out for those that seem “too good to be true.” The National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom warns people that there is no quick and easy way to lose weight. Those looking to lose weight this year should look for weight loss aids that help them do it the healthy way.

The NHS released its own 12-week weight loss plan this week, which helps people lose between one and two pounds in weight (about 1 kg) per week. It focuses on healthy eating, while reducing the number of calories taken in throughout the day. There is a warning on the website that those who regularly eat over the recommended daily allowance now may find it difficult to drop to the plan’s recommended amount. It is important to take it slowly and follow the steps advised.

Weight Watchers has also released a new weight loss plan for those looking to lose weight this year. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranked it the “easiest diet.” Simple Start involves eating foods that breakdown in the body slowly, keeping people feeling fuller for longer. These include fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and brown rice. For those who like their chocolate, there are two treats per day, which can be anything from the list given. There is no need to count calories, watch portion sizes, or worry about coming up with ideas. People simply eat until they are satisfied and they will lose weight. Like the NHS plan, people following any of the Weight Watchers plans will lose between one and two pound per week on average.

It will be good news for many to hear that some of the weight loss marketers have been caught for deceiving people. For those who do want to lose weight this year, focus on weight loss aids that are healthy and proven to work.

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2 Responses to "Weight Loss the Healthy Way in the New Year"

  1. Andy   January 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    It is so tempting to believe “the easy” solutions for our weight loss journey. Unfortunately it comes in the way of the real path we should take .Healthy life style :exercise and healthy food.Hope that after this was covered by the media more people will hesitate before trying one of the deceptive products.

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  2. Kerri   January 8, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I am glad to hear some of these so called diet miracle products are getting sued. This article hits the nail on the head by saying that health eating and exercise is the ONLY way to truly be healthy and keep the weight off. Even if some of the products do make you lose weight, it will come back quicker than you can say “diet” because it isn’t teaching you how to make it a lifestyle of healthy eating. Point is, it will probably take longer to lose weight the right way, but you will keep it off and continue on this journey because it is a life journey!

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