After losing 35 pounds myself, I thought I’d offer up some quick tips on whether or not the weight loss plan is a scam:

  • If you have to take an “herbal” supplement, it’s a scam. There is no evidence that the supplements do anything. The CBC busted one such operation recently.
  • If you don’t have to adjust the amount of food you eat, it’s a scam.
  • If you don’t have to keep track of what you eat, it’s a scam.
  • If it’s only available within the next 10 minutes on this special TV offer, it’s a scam.
  • If you see an ad on a mailbox or a telephone pole, it’s a scam.
  • If you can make money signing other people up on the program, it’s a scam.
  • If it involves the purchase of some gadget, it’s a scam.
  • If you have to buy the food from the weight loss provider, it isn’t necessarily a scam, but it does lock you in with them.

The key to proper weight loss is a combination of major lifestyle change and discipline. Some programs will help you out with guiding you to making better choices, but the discipline must come from within.