by Pamela Redwine
With the New Year and the ever popular weight loss resolution right around the corner, misleading weight loss advertising will be everywhere. These advertisements prey on consumers desperate for an easy solution. But claims for diet products that promise weight loss without sacrifice or effort are bogus and, in some cases, dangerous.
Despite the claims, there are no magic pills or effortless ways to burn off fat. The only way to lose weight is to lower caloric intake and/or increase physical activity.
Fraudulent advertisers prey on consumers and reap billions of dollars each year. While the scams may vary (for example, pills, patches, clips, body wraps, insoles or “diet teas”), the claims are almost always the same – dramatic, effortless weight loss without diet or exercise.
A claim is too good to be true if it says the product will…..
· Cause weight loss of two pounds or more a week for a month or more without dieting or exercise.
· Cause substantial weight loss no matter what or how much the consumer eats.
· Cause permanent weight loss (even when the consumer stops using the product).
· Block the absorption of fat or calories to enable consumers to lose substantial weight.
· Safely enable consumers to lose more than three pounds per week for more than four weeks.
· Cause substantial weight loss for all users.
· Cause substantial weight loss by wearing it on the body or rubbing it into the skin.
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Recipe of the Week
· 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough
· Cooking Spray
· 1/8 teaspoon salt
· 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
· 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 1/4 teaspoon pepper
· 8 ounces chicken breast tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
· 1 1/4 cups water
· 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
· 1 cup mushrooms, quartered
· 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can condensed reduced-fat,
reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup
1. Preheat oven to 425º
2. Cut 3 (4-inch) circles out of dough; discard remaining dough. Place dough circles on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat dough circles with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Pierce top of dough with a fork. Bake dough at 425° for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
3. Combine flour, sage, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a zip-top plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag, shake to coat. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken mixture too pan; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Stir in 1 1/4 cups water, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in vegetables, mushroom, and soup; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook 10 minutes. Spoon 1 cup of chicken mixture into each of 3 (1-cup) bowls, top each serving with 1 piecrust. Yield: 3 servings (serving size: 1 pie)