Last June, I told you about the FTC settlement with Genesis Today, Pure Health and Lindsey Duncan related to 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 regarding the recommending of green coffee bean extracts for weight loss on his show.
Duncan, however, is not the only scammer selling green coffee bean extract as a weight loss miracle. Earlier this week, the FTC obtained a 30 million dollar judgment against Nicholas Scott Congleton, who promoted Pure Green Coffee as an easy weight loss product although there is no evidence the product works. Congleton used phony testimonials and fake news websites to fool people into buying his worthless product.
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.