Skip to content

Weight loss scams

There’s a lot of weight loss scams out there. Here are some of the more common ones:

Wu Yi Tea / “Easy Weight Loss Tea” / Green tea

There’s nothing very special about green tea, but some marketers will try to convince you that it’s some “ancient Chinese secret”.  Unfortunately, some people have stereotypes about Chinese people and believe things that simply aren’t true.  Some of these sites play upon those stereotypes and make ridiculous claims, saying that green tea is “the reason why Chinese people don’t get fat”.  Reality check: there are A LOT of fat Chinese people.  If there are ancient Chinese secrets, clearly they weren’t in on it.

If somebody speaks English with a Chinese accent, it does not mean that they are more authentic Chinese and know ancient Chinese secrets about health and medicine.  It’s just that English is not their first language – that’s it!

Now you might be led to believe that green tea has health benefits.  That’s what people in the green tea business would like you to believe.  Many other food industries will also promote the health “benefits” of their food.  Take alcohol.  There are reports of its positive effects on health, even though we are talking about a POISON that impairs your ability to drive and causes LIVER DAMAGE.  A lot of these health effects are overrated but intentionally overpromoted.

Acai berry

Another food whose health benefits are blown out of proportion for commercial benefit.  Other foods have more antioxidants, and having an excess of antioxidants does not seem to provide health benefits.

See the blog post deconstructing an affiliate site for acai berry pills for information on how these products are promoted.

Other products that probably don’t work

Colon cleanse / colon cleansing / detox products – Some marketers might pretend like it’s endorsed by Rachel Ray, Oprah, Katie Couric, Jesus, etc.  That’s a lie.

If you simply use your common sense, you can probably figure out the products which are likely a scam.

Fitness Clubs

These are not a scam, but only if you go to the club and actually exercise.  Most people pay upfront for a membership but don’t actually go to the health club.  This is where the clubs make most of their money (especially around New Year’s resolutions).

What does work?

Honestly, I have no idea (other than exercise).  However, do watch out for sites that tell you that X is a scam but Y is not.  Y is probably a scam too.