Thursday, March 15, 2007

Online Weight Loss Confusion

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The Minefield That Is Online Weight Loss

 Weight Loss Online is a minefield for anyone serious about weight loss. There are snake oil salesmen, peddlers of poor quality products, and of course those people out to make a quick buck from a desperate dieter looking for a quick answer and some help from a Guru.
 What many of these online weight loss "experts" rely on is the fact that 95% of dieters will buy a diet program, open the front cover, see it's BIG and involves work and then give up. Really, how many diet books, exercise video's and pieces of exercise equipment do you have around your house ... and how many of those have you actually used (and used consistently) and I don't mean to hang your shirts and dresses on.
 I can highly recommend choosing an online weight loss program because there are some great ones out there. When you are choosing your weight loss program, bear in mind a few things.
 What is the guarantee of the program you are looking at? Do they offer you a 7, 14, 30, 90 day guarantee or longer? The longer the guarantee the more chance you have to test the program thoroughly to make sure it works. However, check the fine print of the guarantee. Some of these programs have a lot of weasel clauses in them designed to make it difficult for you to return the product and get your money back. Look for a guarantee that is completely unconditional and you know you are safe. Do a web search and see what others are saying - ask around, did any of your friends use it. If you are part of a forum or group - post a question about it.
 If the program is purchased through Clickbank or Paypal then you know you are safe because Clickbank has an 8 week money back guarantee which it forces all merchants to comply with. In fact, you can contact Clickbank direct for your refund without involving the merchant. Paypal is also very protective of its customers, and whilst it doesn't force a guarantee on its merchants, it will investigate claims about products not being as described.
 EBay is another source of diet and weight loss programs. However, this is an even bigger minefield. eBay is an excellent marketplace, but it is unfortunately frequented by scammers and conmen selling pirated and illegal products, particularly if you are buying supplements or physical programs. Always check out a sellers feedback and make sure there is a lot of positives there - and check what they are for! A lot of sellers will buy 1c or $1 auctions to get lots of positive feedback in order to look better as a seller. Make sure the positive feedback is for the product you are buying.
 Check how long they have been on eBay too. If they are a new seller then there is more of a chance of them not being 100% honest. However, if they have been there for years and have lots of positive feedback then you know they are much more likely to be honest. Ebay is a fantastic marketplace, but just like a real marketplace, you, as the buyer, need to have your wits about you.
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There are some excellent online weight loss programs that come highly recommended, so be diligent in your selection of one and you can find yourself getting rid of that weight and being your ideal weight. There is a great e-book on the site called Burn The Fat - Feed The Muscle I would highly recomend you read it.

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