Television and broadcasting, numerous shopping malls, highways and even gym lockers – those are just a few advertising sources that feed us with a great variety of the market news. The problem is whether they are all truth or sweet fraud taken by most of the audience at a face value. Can we, in particular, believe the weight loss ads with the doctors saying from TV that this supplement is a breakthrough in beating overweight or a slim-fit girl telling the story of her incredible weight loss with a pill?
TV weight loss ads banned for potential threat
Sad as it may sound, there is a practice that many ads of weight loss are banned as the ones to threaten people`s health. One of the recent examples is an XLS Medical pill commercial banned for being “irresponsible”. After watching it, many people felt like it was rather advertising anorexia than natural loss of weight. The worst of it was that the ad looked like it was also targeting the ideally slim ladies (together with those evidently over-sized) who needed to get even slimmer in order to look great on the beach.
Yet another irresponsible advertisement called “misleading” was the Pink Patch blamed for fraud because of no medical proof for its positive weight-loss effect, as opposed to the patch ad that did persuade the public in its instant and remarkable slimming result. It was banned eventually, too.
When weight loss ads do good
The principal case when weight loss ads can be useful is informing you of the newly made products, developments and technologies in the weight loss segment. Of course, you should not be misled by the white coats used extensively in advertising as worn by doctors or researchers: this is nothing but scenery. Nor should you believe in the sincerity of celebs promoting these or those diet pills – they are most likely beyond them and just make money scamming you like this.
Still, pricking up your ears will be quite the thing to keep in the know and further check the new with your nutritionist or weight-loss couch. You can find out a lot of the area-specific information from a weight loss ad if listen to it right. For example, you watch a commercial dedicated to some miracle drug fighting easily the extra pounds, and you hear it contains caseine – your task is to pay attention to this very ingredient and find out better ways of its consumption rather than in the form of a doubtful and expensive medication. Get informed but not cheated by advertising.
The advice is so that whatever realistic weight loss ads seem to you, avoid following them blindly, with no prior checking with your doctor, gym instructor or dietician. It can be that the product advertised is good, but it can do bad to you personally. Or, under the worst-case scenario, the promoted stuff is a complete washout and even life-threatening. To be on the safe side, consult an expert on the quality and dosing of the product advertised before you drop into it.