Have you heard about a weight loss patch? When you wear it behind your ear, it will speed up your metabolism and help you curb your appetite. That sounds really reasonable, doesn’t it? After all, if someone had told you some years ago that you could quit smoking by sticking a circle of fabric on your skin, would you have believed him?
Unfortunately, losing weight by using weight loss patch isn’t true. According to Dr. Michael Myers — who maintains the popular website weight.com — this is just another of the hoaxes that greedy promoters are using to bilk you out of your money. Weight loss business is a gold mine, and unscrupulous operators will use any gimmick to convince you that their product is the magic pill that will melt away your pounds without any effort on your part.
Here are a few of the current weight loss gimmicks and the truth about them:
1. Shred It with Weight Loss Patch
Transdermal delivery of medication is a reality, and there are certain medications that are absorbed readily through the skin. However, the most common active ingredient used in diet or weight loss patches on the market is ‘fucus vesiculosus’, a seaweed that is a major source of iodine. Iodine was once a recommended treatment for obesity, because it helps promote healthy thyroid function. It was abandoned because of side effects and the untoward effects when treatment with iodine ceases. In other words, it’s an outdated medication being revived for delivery in a new — though useless — way. Never play with iodine, your thyroid might be ruined for the rest of your life!
2. Wash Your Fat away with Slimming Soap!
They claim that this ancient Chinese soap contains a unique blend of ingredients derived from seaweed which will ’emulsify’ the fat. Further, it comes in several different versions, including one that is specifically meant to give you ‘beautiful thighs’. In all truth, the ingredients sound like they’d do a lovely job of softening and toning your skin and melting the fat away, but there doesn’t exist an ounce of research quoted anywhere that can be checked for the results. If there is anything happening, it’s resulted from vigorous scrubbing and cleaning – not the ingredients!
3. Magnetic Weight Loss… Earrings
Yes, earrings. According to the press, this is yet another ancient Chinese Secret that has to do with balancing the magnetism in the body. By wearing a magnet near the ear, you can suppress hunger, increase metabolism, speed up the healing process and reduce pain. Again, though there’s mention of ‘studies’, none are cited, and I couldn’t find any in any medical journals. It won’t kill you, at least, and the earrings are pretty, but I wouldn’t put much stock in their weight loss properties.
All of these weight loss discoveries should be filed in the “Yeah, right” file, right next to sauna wraps, copper bracelets, and electro-slimming belts. If it sounds too good to be true, remember, it probably is. The only way to weight loss is to eat less, eat right food and move more!