Archive for the ‘Hall of Shame’ Category

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…

April 27th, 2011

Acai Berry Weight Loss Scammers: Caught Red-Handed

Acai Berry has been touted as a powerhouse superfood and weight loss miracle. The truth is, not only are most of the health claims unproven, the weight loss claims have no basis whatsoever.  Although the Acai craze probably peaked a couple years ago, it never went away and the acai berry diet is now back in the news. This month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed 10 more lawsuits against fake acai websites.  Shady business practices on the internet have made acai marketing one of the biggest scams in weight loss history, but people are still buying this baloney.  By the end of this article, you’ll have seen undeniable proof that the Acai Berry Weight Loss Diet is an absolute fraud.

December 27th, 2010

The 8 Worst Diet And Fitness Fads of 2010

Last week I surveyed all my followers on twitter and all my friends and fans on Facebook to find out what they thought were the worst diet and fitness fads of 2010. Hundreds of people responded and many votes were given for a small handful of real stinkers. In today’s Burn the Fat Blog post, you’ll see the complete list, as determined by survey response, along with a few choice comments of my own. Most of these are good for a real laugh, others are taken seriously by many and will surely draw some ire from “true believers.” Either way, this should be fun…