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Red Flags

Some fad diets and weight-loss gimmicks are just plain unsafe and unhealthy. In fact, these can hurt you more they than can help you.


Beware of Programs That:

  • Require that you purchase special foods or products.
  • Endorse weight loss of more than 1-2 pounds per week.
  • Promote unproven (and potentially dangerous) weight loss aids such as:
    • Starch blockers
    • Diuretics
    • Sauna belts
    • Body wraps
    • Spirulina
    • Amino acid supplements
    • Passive exercise
    • Chromium picolinate
    • Electric muscle stimulating device


If you are currently following a program that includes any of these, please consult your physician or health care provider right away. They will help you find a healthier way to lose the weight, and you'll probably enjoy better results.