I've seen a quote about cleanse diets and detoxing being shared on Facebook quite a lot lately. Each time it shows up, it gets hundreds to thousands of likes and hundreds of shares. Amazing the power of a superficially logical statement that is actually based on a fallacy, this on what I would call a false analogy. I decided I'd like to write a few things about it.
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I have a dream. I dream of a world where strength training experts train people for strength and fat loss experts help people lose weight. In this fantasy world, neither pretends that the other is a primary goal. In other words, my strength experts will not claim that fat loss will make you stronger, and my fat loss experts will not claim that strength training will make you lose weight and therefore make you stronger.
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People love big promises and big protein numbers. A great way to deliver this without outright lying is to use something I've discussed before, literally true but misleading claims.
The website Eat This, Not That, which promises flat abs and more if you just eat the magical foods they profile, used misleading claims in an effective way with it's article Surprising High-Protein Foods For Weight Loss.
It is a common misconception that the FDA requires dietary supplements for weight loss to be approved for use before they can be marketed.
Many people also think that a "clinical trial" must be ran on the product before it can be legally sold. This is not only untrue, but quite naive.
L'Occitane Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight "Slimming Creams" Customers Getting Refunds
As part of the Federal Trade Commissions continued crackdown on bogus weight loss products and false weight loss claims, people who bought L'Occitane Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight "Slimming Creams" are getting refunds for their purchase of these bogus fat loss creams.
You know, it would be beneficial for me to post on forums. Yes, there are still forums out there where people go to seek help for all sorts of problems, or just to communicate with similar people. But I have a reason for not posting on forums. Most of them are ruled by one or two influential people, usually a moderator or even an admin, who are self-proclamed experts. Quite often, they give paint-by-numbers rote advice, or ridiculous advice. For me to go in there and give my kind of advice, would be like swimming upstream. I'd have to deal with the clowns who run the place, and I don't have that kind of patience, at least any more.
Continue Reading » Adding Muscle Burns 30 to 40 Calories A Day: Hocus Pocus Fat Loss Advice
According the a 'slideshow' at Livestrong, yes, the smell of bananas can help you lose weight.Bibliography item brooking not found. How? By "tricking" your brain into thinking you've eaten the bananas. What is the source of this factoid? The source seems to be a study carried out in 1995, as far as I can tell, since, of course, there were no citations given. The study, called Weight Reduction Through Inhalation of Odorants was carried out by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.Bibliography item hirsch not found. As far as I have been able to determine, there have been no applicable follow-up studies, although they may well exist. Does the study conclude that smelling bananas will help you lose weight?
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What if I told you that my brand of headache medicine may make your headache go away faster than another leading brand, such as Excedrin? What would you take my claim to mean? If you are like most people, you will take the word "may" to mean 'probably will' or simply will. However, that is not really what the word "may" means. May means maybe. As in maybe my headache medicine will work faster and maybe it will not.
The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks - Starts with a Lie, Ends Up Being Another Low Carb Diet
Jorge Cruise, in his book "The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks", starts off his book with the following "Welcome, From the desk of Jorge Cruise (what's the rest of the book from?):
I am very happy to be bringing you this guest post by Dave Hargreaves, a fantastic personal trainer operating out of Melbourne, Australia, who specializes in Flexible Dieting with an interest in the avoidance of relapse for those in recovery from, or susceptible to eating disorders. His current and past clients include marathon runners, triathletes, powerlifters and others with general fitness and body conditioning goals. Dave has an infectious passion for the truth, and absolutely no tolerance for the pseudo-scientific and often harmful claims and prescriptions that plague the fitness and health industry. He goes after nonsense, and those who perpetuate it, with a fierceness and complete lack of pretension that is not often seen in this industry. Here, he rebuts an article from T-Nation, and its fantastical and baseless claims concerning 'toxic hunger.'
By Dave Hargreaves
Last week the T-Nation website ran an article on nutrition, which included some highly dubious claims about what happens when you choose “the wrong foods,” according to a new theory apparently coming out of the nutrition community.
Continue Reading » Toxic Hunger? Toxic Clickbait is More Like It!