Every now and then you’ll come across a “magical” or “amazing” product that will help you lose weight, fight disease, or get you in shape faster. It seems like every couple of years (or more often) a product is introduced to the market that targets those people who want the easy way to fat loss or health. The strange thing is, people actually buy this stuff! It’s too bad they don’t realize you can lose weight, be healthier, and feel better just by making a few changes to your diet.
Here are the top 10 health scams:
#1: Toning Shoes
Ah yes, those illustrious shoes designed specifically to help tone and tighten your legs and glutes. The shoes have a convex sole and pods and/or mini balance balls at the bottom. This all works to make you work harder to balance and walk. Some manufacturers even claim they can help with back pain and poor posture.
Let’s think about this for a minute. How can a shoe that forces you to walk unnaturally be good for your posture and spine? It’s not likely. In addition, there’s zero evidence that toning shoes actually do a thing to “tone” your muscles. You do that in a gym, by lifting weights…and we wouldn’t recommend you wear these shoes while doing so.
The only kind of Hoodia that works must be eaten fresh. And since it’s banned from export because it’s a protected flora, you’re chances of getting your hands on real fresh Hoodia are pretty slim. So don’t waste your money on packaged hoodia, and concentrate instead on what you put into your mouth if you want to lose weight safely and properly.
#3: Cellulite Creams
Newsflash: a lot of people have cellulite. Even skinny people get it. And those creams that are marketed all over the place don’t really work. The best way to reduce cellulite is to reduce your sugar intake. Sugar gets stored in the outer fat cells. Exercise regularly, and lose fat naturally. The less fat and more muscle you have, the less cellulite you will have.
#4: Vitamin-Enhanced Waters
There’s really nothing you can do to water to make it healthier aside from making sure it’s clean. And then you drink it. Don’t waste your money on expensive, flavored, “vitamin-enhanced” water. Of course, VitaminWater DOES contain vitamins. That’s true. But the problem is that you could put vitamins into candy and that wouldn’t make them any healthier. Not to mention that the vitamins added into these beverages are mostly synthetic making it harder for your body to absorb them.