Archive for the ‘Hall of Shame’ Category

December 8th, 2017

Ridiculous Supplement Company Ads: A Cautionary Tale

The last time I bought a muscle magazine must have been 13 or 14 years ago. But I confess, the other day in the gym, there were three bodybuilding mags sitting on the bike, and I flipped through them as I was pedaling. As I saw the number of supplement ads and the outlandish things they said, it reminded me of one of the reasons I stopping buying magazines in the first place…

November 29th, 2017

The Shocking Truth About Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

The “Shocking” truth about electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). Shocking… Get it?  Get it? Sorry, terrible pun. I couldn’t resist. But this deserves to poked fun at. “Attach electrodes to your stomach, turn on the current, and zap! Just like that, you have six pack abs!” These claims are downright hilarious! Yet people fall for this every day because, like so many exercise and diet myths, they have their origins in legitimate science and therapy, but then become bastardized into BS. Read on, and you will be shocked how a recent study picked apart the muscle-building and fat-burning claims of EMS and uncovered the truth…

October 21st, 2017

The 7 Scariest Weight Loss Diets

Happy Halloween! You think that horror flick you watched or that haunted house you visited was scary? The most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen was not produced by Wes Craven or found in a theme park, it’s what I see some people do to themselves to lose weight. Take a look at these SEVEN scary diets… but reader beware if you’re easily grossed-out!

August 6th, 2015

Fat Water And Fat-Burning Fats?

I almost spit out my high protein oatmeal pancake all over my Macbook this morning when I saw this!  I was reading my email, eating breakfast, when I came across this message from a Burn the Fat reader who wrote, “Hey Tom, Have you heard of Fat Water? I’m serious! This actually exists! I’d love to hear what you think of it.”

April 4th, 2014

Green Coffee Bean Extract Exposed: Another So-Called “Miracle Fat Burner” Makes The Hall of Shame

Since 1989, when I started in the fitness business, I’ve seen dozens of diet supplements burst onto the scene, sell into the multi-millions, only to drop off the map and end up buried in the graveyard of fat loss products (that we now know never worked in the first place). The shelf life is usually a year or two – three if they’re lucky – before the FTC sues or the product dies a natural death as the novelty wears off. They’re promptly replaced by “the next big thing” … an African cactus, a berry from the Amazonian rain forests, an ancient Asian tea, an herb from the Himalayas… sound familiar? There’s always an exotic story that hooks people again, isn’t there?

February 9th, 2014

The Truth About Sensa: FTC Says “Weight Loss Sprinkles” Are a Scam

Everyone has heard the commercials at least once. Sensa, the miracle supplement that will help you lose weight without resorting to a diet! Trainers and doctors have been inundated with questions about the supplement for years. Now, thanks to the FTC, the advertisements have stopped. Sensa marketing has been put on hold until the company can provide some evidence that their product works.

November 13th, 2013

4 Bad Justifications For Detoxing

One of the most nonsensical (not to mention irritating) trends in health is “cleansing” or “detox” programs.  They exist in abundance in health circles and can be found everywhere – usually touted as a panacea for any given health problem.  From bookshelves to yoga studios to multi-level marketing campaigns, “cleanses” remain the most prominent socially accepted eating disorder of today.

April 10th, 2013

Enough is Enough – The Scientific Truth on 10 Popular Fat Burners

Enough is enough. Everywhere we go, we are being inundated with ads promising us that taking a few pills a day will burn fat. Turn on the television and you hear doctors recommending the latest and greatest fat burner (here’s a little secret: most doctors take only one class in nutrition during their education, and thus know very little about nutrition and metabolism). If you want to waste your money on fat burners, go ahead and stop reading. If you want to learn the truth, keep reading. We’re going to take an evidence-based approach, and see what the actual scientific research says about these popular fat burners.

March 19th, 2013

The HCG Diet Weight Loss Scam… (Please Go Away Once And For All)

Bogus HCG drops are still on store shelves – even after the recent FTC and FDA warnings. In today’s post, you’ll understand why these products are the biggest scam in the weight loss industry. Real HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadatropin) is also still being promoted for weight loss – by medical doctors no less. It too is a scam – an even more expensive one. A recent issue of the International Journal of Obesity explained that not only does the HCG plan have no weight loss effects outside the 500-calorie per day  starvation diet it comes with, it also has some serious safety concerns. The authors urged professionals in the health community to “speak out strongly against HCG use.” Gladly, I say…

December 20th, 2012

Best Video Compilation of Workout Fails of 2012

This is not only a compilation of the best (worst) workout fails of 2012, this has got to be the best video compilation of workout fails of ALL TIME…