Mexican Weight Loss Products
I’m sorry to report that phony exercise equipment, herbal supplements, and other weight-loss scams are not just a US-phenomenon. Here in Mexico, where I’ve been traveling for the past few weeks, television commercials with ridiculous claims saturate the airwaves day and night. On many cable-TV channels, it would appear weight-loss products make up more than 50% of all commercials. Here are some of my favorites:
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
This device is a “revolutionary system” consisting of two suction cups that attach to various parts of your body and vibrate muscles over 100 times per minute. The hilarious commercial features well-toned models with muscles jiggling while sitting by the pool, at the gym, and around the house. They claim you will see results in your abs, arms, back, and glutes with just 10 minutes a day.
These contoured shoes supposedly allow you to lose 4 pounds per week while firming your muscles, improving your bust, and combating cellulite. According to the commercial, wearing these shoes just three times a week for only 10 minutes is equivalent to hundreds of sit-ups, curls, and other exercises.
Herbal Diet Pills
These pills, which claim to be clinically-proven, come in official-looking pharmaceutical packaging and promise easy weight loss with no other lifestyle changes. This product is produced by a US-manufacturer which has already been fined more than $1 million by the FTC for misleading weight-loss claims but continues to sell for more than $40 per package here in Mexico.
Magnetic Diet Ring
According to the advertisement, wearing this magnetic spiral ring will allow you to lose significant weight (up to 4 pounds per day), even while you sleep. The ad even claims you can target your abs, glutes, and arms based upon which finger you decide to wear the ring on and see results in less than 24 hours.
Skip the Shortcuts
The old adage “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is” rings true here. TV commercials promising quick and easy weight loss with outlandish exercise equipment, magnetic rings, or herbal supplements still must follow the laws of physics and thermodynamics. At the end of the day, calories in and calories out remains the most effective way to manage weight.
Have you tried one of these products or any other weight-loss scam?
Calorie Count co-founder Erik Fantasia and his girlfriend, Heather Curtis, are currently traveling through Mexico as part of a trip around the world. You can follow their adventures online at www.aroundthisworld.com