Quack Diet Red Flags
Warning: Quick Weight Loss! No Effort Required!
Does it sound easy?
Diets or supplements that tout "no dieting or exercise
needed" or "permanent weight loss, even if you stop using the
product," are bogus, says the FTC. If you rely on supplements or too-strict
diets you're wasting your time, Zelman explains.
Likewise, don't put much weight in the negative-calorie food
diet. The theory there is that when you eat lettuce, celery, and other
near-zero calorie foods, your body burns more calories simply digesting them.
Give me a break, says Zelman. "You may burn a few calories, but so
Sure, some diets work and they're healthy, Zelman says.
"The Atkins and South Beach diets both have merit," she says.
Also, "protein and calcium are showing great promise as
weight loss enhancers," she tells WebMD. "But they're not miracle
foods; you still have to eat a low-calorie diet, and you still have to