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post #1 of 12
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http://ktla.trb.com/news/local/
(next to the video box click where it says Internet diet scam exposed)

I have been following this for a month but waited to post it till a news station picked it up. The only thing they did not touch on is the health effects people have suffered following this diet. But a class action lawsuit is about to be filed for a number of reasons.

I have followed this is disbelif that there is anyone out there like this that would go to extremes to scam people. Its all very sad. And I feel for all the women who has several from (in some cases) irreversable health effects from this diet.

I posted this 1) to discuss what makes a person scam like this and 2) just to get the word out so on one falls for this scam diet before she gets closed down.

(And just for the record no I did not follow this diet to lose my weight. I am just a mere calorie counter)

ETa I found a direct link to the article: http://video.ktla.com/global/video/p...e&rnd=76277279
post #2 of 12
I don't see the story? Just a page of headlines....am I looking in the wrong place?
post #3 of 12
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When you open it you should see a window for vidoes to play. It should show a guy in blue. To the right of that is a vidoe list. Click the one that says "KTLA Exclusive Internet Scam exposed". I don't know how to do a direct link to just that video.
post #4 of 12
Nah it's good it worked that time - the page didn't load properly the first time.

Oooooooh dear. Someone's in a whole world of trouble!
post #5 of 12
My first thought: Why didn't I think of that? For one, it was stupid of her to admit her location. If she said she was from CA she should have put "New Hampshire" instead.

IMO I think a lot of diets are scams and are unhealthy. Look at Atkins for example, sure people lost weight but blood pressure rose, cholesteral rose, etc. Heck remember that book "how to look like a Frenchwoman?" (or something similar)? All it told you was to EAT LESS!!!!!

In addition to unhealthy diets, the cost of dieting is outrageous. The diet industry really does take advantage of the people that wish to lose weight. The pills, the programs, the books, the meals (if needed to buy)...it's all ridiculously overpriced IMO. If the diet industry really cared about people's weight issues, they would not charge so much $$$.
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I agree Luna. I have tried the South Beach Diet and a not so known diet in the past. Neither of them I could do for very long. All those books had so many requirments to make the diet work. After a week I would give up. It was to hard making 2 breakfasts, lunch and dinner for everyone. Thats why this time I did calorie counting. So much easier and I could modify what I was already cooking to fit my requirements.

On this case like I said I have been following it for about a month maybe longer now. This was not a spur of the moment scam. She started laying the ground work for something like 4-6 years. And the diet is basically a combo of Atkins and Stillmans. I have looked the requirements for this diet scam and it was outrangous. Most of the Fitdays I saw for people following this was well under 800 cals a day and I saw some in the 300s. People's hair was falling out in chuncks, damage to their thyroid, almost fainting while driving, one woman was almost admitted to the hospital on this diet. All those that had those problems have now quit. And now they are promoting yo-yo dieting.

Its crazy.
post #7 of 12
And I don't like the fact that one of it's main calling cards is `NO EXERCISE!!!'.

Exercise shouldn't just be about weight - it's just good for you. People trying to lose weight should always do some form of exercise, even if it's just light walks - and the benefits cannot be quantified. Any diet that advocates never, ever having to exercise rings alarm bells with me straight away.
post #8 of 12
Oooooooo--she's gonna be in some really deep doo-doo for that.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ping View Post
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On this case like I said I have been following it for about a month maybe longer now. This was not a spur of the moment scam. She started laying the ground work for something like 4-6 years. And the diet is basically a combo of Atkins and Stillmans. I have looked the requirements for this diet scam and it was outrangous. Most of the Fitdays I saw for people following this was well under 800 cals a day and I saw some in the 300s. People's hair was falling out in chuncks, damage to their thyroid, almost fainting while driving, one woman was almost admitted to the hospital on this diet. All those that had those problems have now quit. And now they are promoting yo-yo dieting.

Its crazy.
Holy cow that is nuts!!! I hope the people that suffered the worse gets more $$$...at least enough to pay for damages (lost hair hospital visits)

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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post
And I don't like the fact that one of it's main calling cards is `NO EXERCISE!!!'.

Exercise shouldn't just be about weight - it's just good for you. People trying to lose weight should always do some form of exercise, even if it's just light walks - and the benefits cannot be quantified. Any diet that advocates never, ever having to exercise rings alarm bells with me straight away.
I agree, especially once you lose the weight, you have nothing but hanging skin if you don't exercise.

However, this was obviously playing towards the dieters that there is no pain associated with the diet. Most people lose interest in exercising because its too hard, it hurts, etc. One roommate I had in college refused to exercise because she didn't like to sweat. I don't know what she did between the apartment and the car in the humid summer...
post #10 of 12
Any diet that doesn't say "eat less, exercise more" is a scam. Carb-restricting diets work by making your body eat itself, causing ketosis-- a crisis reaction of your body to not having the right kinds of energy. Really any diet that tells you not to eat a certain food group is going to be unhealthy.

And that's why people can lose a little weight, gain it back, over and over. They're not learning how to actually eat right from these diets. Quick-fix diets are the same as get-rich-quick schemes; people don't want to do it right because it's too hard or whatever, so they fall into a trap that leaves them worse off than before.

Anyway, the only thing is woman did worse than any other diet book is the fraudulent claims she made about herself. But really, most diet programs do that.
post #11 of 12
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Oooooooo--she's gonna be in some really deep doo-doo for that.

Yeah, no kidding!

I wonder if they could trace the woman in the picture down and have her sue for copyright theft of the image, as well as impersonating her.
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
One roommate I had in college refused to exercise because she didn't like to sweat. I don't know what she did between the apartment and the car in the humid summer...


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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Any diet that doesn't say "eat less, exercise more" is a scam. Carb-restricting diets work by making your body eat itself, causing ketosis-- a crisis reaction of your body to not having the right kinds of energy. Really any diet that tells you not to eat a certain food group is going to be unhealthy.

And that's why people can lose a little weight, gain it back, over and over. They're not learning how to actually eat right from these diets. Quick-fix diets are the same as get-rich-quick schemes; people don't want to do it right because it's too hard or whatever, so they fall into a trap that leaves them worse off than before.
Eeeexactly. I put on a ton of weight during my miserable marriage and I tried any number of stupid fad diets to lose it until I ballooned out to some unacceptable poundage

With WeightWatchers I lost over 30 pounds and still going. No restrictions, I still eat ice cream and chocolate, I exercise - nothing yet that will kill me because I'm still regaining my fitness back - and I feel amazing. Eat less, exercise, everything in moderation - it's the easiest `diet' in the world. I've never felt like I'm missing out on anything and my energy levels and outlook and skin and hair from the exercise are wonderful. Plus, I've changed my habits, not tried to do some impossible diet that I'll never stick to and then feel like a failure. A MUCH better way to go than all this `lose 100lbs in three days and don't even get off the lounge!' dieting.
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