Avoiding Diet Scams

Dieting, weigh scaleKnown and loved by so many, daytime TV celebrity Dr. Oz was recently scolded at a hearing by several US senators about his endorsement of different kinds of dieting pills. Whether you believe that Dr. Oz is indeed supporting these diet pill fads, or whether he himself is a victim with his image being used to market various weight loss products, you can be certain: quick fix diet pills don’t work. Weight loss, especially in the long term, needs to comprise all aspects of health; nutrition, exercise, stress release, sleep hygiene and toxin management for long term success.

Dr. Oz makes some great recommendations about health but when it comes to weight loss, he (or his image) promotes too many “miracle” ingredients that often turn into huge profit for companies offering “pure” ingredients with negative side effects and no proven or guaranteed results. Here we will discuss a few of the main ingredients promoted by Dr. Oz, their alleged function, and be clear that we do not recommend them here at Mountain Trek.

Raspberry Keytone


Raspberry Ketones: Allows the body to produce a protein (adiponectin), that is said to have positive effects on liver function, insulin levels and metabolism



green coffee bean


Green Coffee Bean Extract: Contains chlorogenic acid, which is said to slow the absorption of glucose, thereby allowing the body to burn excess fat, sugar, and ensures fat does not form.


Cambogia Garcinia


Cambogia Garcinia: The active ingredient, HCA (hydroxycitric acid) blocks the fat forming enzymes from being able to even form fat, so that fat stores are used up. Also, it increases the feel good hormone serotonin, which makes you feel happier, gives a boost of energy, and suppresses appetite.


In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s ‘7 point check’, we too would encourage wariness about any product, like those with the ingredients above, that claim to:

  • cause substantial weight loss regardless of what you eat or if you exercise
  • cause substantial and continued weight loss even after you’ve stopped taking the supplement
  • safely allow the user to lose more than 3 pounds/week for more than 4 weeks
  • allow anyone to lose weight

There is simply no supplement substitution for nutritious food, regular exercise, and general healthy life habits like getting enough sleep, de-stressing, and getting outdoors for some fresh air!