When you’re shopping for a weight loss product or looking for a weight loss program, you shouldn’t buy into the first thing that you see. In fact, you should be exercising extreme caution. This is because you’ll never know what it could do to your body, both in the short and long term.
Below, you’ll find potential red flags that you should watch out for to help you know if a weight loss program is worth investing your time and effort in or if you’re better off trying something else.
1. Too many clinical studies cited
If a program that claims to be the best weight loss program has tons of clinical studies cited supposedly as proof of legitimacy on its website, then you should be careful. Most likely, the manufacturers just put them there for show since they don’t really think that most consumers would bother checking them for authenticity. But, you definitely should, and what you find might end up surprising you.
Most legitimate products cite a couple of clinical studies, but not too many for you to count. They will gladly bore you with the details if that’s what it takes to ensure that you are a fully informed and educated customer.
2. Use of flowery and ambiguous descriptions
The biggest red flag here is the word “significant”, because many manufacturers tend to use it differently and most consumers wouldn’t really know any better unless they check closely.
For starters, some manufacturers use the word “significant” to describe a fractional breakthrough. Although this is still technically correct, it is also used incorrectly in terms of framing the research results in the context in which the regular consumer would understand.
A legitimate weight loss program will minimize the use of flowery and ambiguous descriptions and instead, will try and wow you with more relevant and important information.
3. A very shady fine print
Most manufacturers and marketers are guilty of refund policies in small fine print that’s relatively hard to find—or read, for that matter. However, the truly shady ones rely on you not finding the fine print at all. It’s there, but it’s either very small, or even worse, the refund policy only works for certain customers of the program under extremely specific, and often impossible, circumstances.
You should always take the time to find and read the small print. Find out if you can get a refund, and if so, how, and also how much you’re entitled to receive in the case where you’re not satisfied with the results of the program.
The truth is, the best way to lose weight and keep it off is through making very simple lifestyle changes and sticking to them. Eating fewer processed foods, switching to a healthier diet, and exercising more, are all necessary to lose weight, and you don’t really need a weight loss program to tell you that. But, of course, some weight loss programs do actually work, and by keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be able to tell the shady ones from the legitimate ones.