The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sending 6.3 million dollars in refunds to people who were scammed into buying Kevin Trudeau’s book, “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.”  The book was sold through infomercials that touted it as a simple and effective plan that would enable you to lose dramatic amounts of weight while still eating whatever foods you wanted.  The truth was that the diet was a far from simple starvation diet that also required daily injections of difficult to obtain prescription drugs.  Although Trudeau was ordered to repay cheated consumers millions of dollars in 2009, it was not until a court-appointed receiver was able to locate significant money hidden by Trudeau that money just became available to partially compensate consumers for their losses.  If more of Trudeau’s funds are located, payments will be made by the FTC in the future, as well.  If you were someone who bought this book, go to the tab at the top of this page designated “FTC Scam Refunds” for more information about getting and cashing your refund check.

In addition, The FTC has also settled a lawsuit with Genesis Today, Pure Health and Lindsey Duncan about false and misleading claims that they made about their weight loss products containing green coffee bean extract.  I first reported to you about this FTC action in the Scam of the Day for January 27, 2015.    Duncan and his companies claimed  green coffee bean extracts would enable users to lose 17 pounds and 16% of their body fat in 12 weeks without diet or exercise.  Duncan also referred to a severely flawed clinical study which he claimed supported his claims.  Helping his sales of the weight loss product were his television appearances on legitimate shows such as The View and The Dr. Oz Show.  Dr. Oz received much criticism while testifying before Congress recently regarding the recommending of green coffee bean extracts for weight loss on his show.    The FTC is mailing checks to people who bought the supplements online and for whom the FTC has an address.  If you bought the supplements at a retail store, you can apply for a refund by going to the tab at the top of the page designated “FTC Scam Refunds” for the forms you need.


The truth is that there are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss and you should be wary of any product that promises you can lose tremendous amounts of weight quickly without dieting or exercise.  You should also be wary of any weight loss product that is sold exclusively either over the Internet or through mail-order advertisements.  It is also important to remember that no cream that you rub in your skin can help you lose substantial weight and no product can block the absorption of fat or calories.  The best course of action is to ask your physician about the effectiveness of a particular weight loss product or program before you reduce your wallet in an effort to reduce your waistline.