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If your New Year’s resolutions involve weight loss, watch out for exaggerated claims

Want to lose weight in 2018? If so, be prepared for a challenge. You’ll need to diet and exercise regularly to safely lose weight.

But, what about those advertisements that promise you’ll lose weight with no effort?” The truth is, those ads are promoting products that won’t deliver on their promises, said Andrew Johnson, consumer education specialist for the Federal Trade Commission.

Avoid any garment, gizmo, pill, or potion that promises weight loss with no effort, Johnson said. It may sound appealing, but in the end, the only thing you’re guaranteed to lose is your hard-earned money.

Figuring out whether an ad’s claims are true or false can be tricky. See the video above for a few tips on spotting false ads.


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