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"1 Tip for a Tiny Belly"

Monday, July 11, 2011

Washington Post reporter, Paul Farhi, looks into the ubiquitous web ad that the Federal Trade Commission estimates has netted $1B so far.

Do you have a tip for losing belly fat?

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Comments [29]

chester

Balance spleen and triple warmer meridians - that's all you need to do. You can see how to do this - very simply - in "Energy Medicine for Women" by Donna Eden, who inadvertently lost 17 lbs in 7 weeks balancing the meridians for other reasons. Simple little movements that feel good enough to do that you don't have to remember to do them! I tried it and lost 15 lbs. - maybe 2 months - eating whatever I wanted - and the weight and off where it needed to, where it is dangerous to have collect. (Belly fat!)

Jul. 14 2011 03:12 PM
Muriel Bodenweber from CT

This has become too silly. The point of the segment was not "how to eat less" nor "how to exercise". The point of the segment was to alert a public audience to scam ads that appear on your home screen and about those fools who click on the ads and fall for the scam. No more, no less. And no, you can't call your credit card co. or bank to stop the payments because you did not make the contract with the bank or credit card co. Just try to get automatic payments to a health club stopped and you will experience real misery. (lesson learned by a friend) So, your abs, weight, routines, etc. are your problem. a punitive, false ad on the internet is a problem for all of society. (Considering the number of those who "fall for the prose".) And the real losers are the newspapers, radio stations, etc. who must depend on the income from selling ads as the viewer becomes "blind to all the ads" or does not trust any internet ad.

Jul. 11 2011 11:36 AM
Isabel from North Jersey

Over a year ago, I foolishly responded to one of these ads to get the "free" sample not only for myself, but for my husband (2 different credit cards). Before we knew it, our credit cards were being charged for multiple shipments. Here's how we resolved it:
1) My husband called the company directly and demanded they stop sending the product and remove the charges from his credit card. Oddly enough they complied.
2) When I tried calling, they were absolutely adamant that it was my fault for not reading the fine print and refused to resolve the situation. I then called my credit card company (Chase VISA) who couldn't have been more helpful. While I was still on the line they resolved the problem and removed all charges from my account. I can't say enough about their fantastic customer service and highly recommend others try the same avenue if they find themselves in a similar situation.

Jul. 11 2011 11:16 AM
Andy B. from New York

Estelle- you don't know the science. Just read the book.

Jul. 11 2011 11:10 AM
wavydavy from peekskill

For flat abs, one simple trick.
Lie face down on the floor.

I would of course no more believe one of those ads were genuine that the promises of a politician.

But it is good that someone pays for the WWW

Jul. 11 2011 11:09 AM
LARRY PHILLIPS

I AM SUPRISED THAT YOU FAILED TO ADVISED THE VICTIMS OF SUCH OBVIOUS CONSUMER FRAUD ABOUT DISPUTING THE CHARGE WITH THEIR CREDIT CARD COMPANIES. IF A CHARGE IS DISPUTED FOR NON RECEIPT OF GOODS, THE CHARGE IS IMMEDIATELY REMOVED. SIMPLE AS THAT. FILING REPORTS WITH THE FTC IS AN ABSOLUTE WASTE OF TIME AS THE FTC DOES NOT, I REPEAT DOES NOT PURSUE INDIVIDUAL COMPLAINTS ABOUT SUCH PRACTICES. THEY NEVER HAVE, AND THEY NEVER WILL. THE CONSUMER WILL RECEIVE A RESPONSE FROM THE FTC AFTER MANY WEEKS SAYING JUST THAT. A BETTER WAY IS TO CONTACT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER FRAUD. THE PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE HAS TO BE PLACED ON THE CONSUMER WHO FAILS TO GET/READ ALL OF THE DETAILS OF THE OFFER AND KNOW SPECIFICALLY WHAT TO DO IF THEY ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE PRODUCT. EACH OF THESE SITES IN THE FINE PRINT OF THE OFFER ADVISES YOU THAT YOU HAVE TO CALL AND CANCEL ANY FUTURE SHIPMENTS WITHIN THE FIRST 10 TO 30 DAYS OF YOUR USE OF THE FREE SAMPLE. YOU SIMPLY CALL THE COMPANY, MAKE SURE YOU GET THE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU SPEAK TO, ASK FOR A CANCELLATION CONFIRMATION NUMBER, ETC. RECORD THE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE DATE AND TIME OF YOUR CALL, AND YOU ARE DONE. WORKS FOR ME EVERYTIME. LARRY PHILLIPS

Jul. 11 2011 11:05 AM
Estelle

Andy, you're over-complicating it. Burn off more than you eat. It's that simple. Calories are a *measure* of this. You can eat healthy stuff or unhealthy stuff, and still lose weight as long as you're eating less than you're burning; it's a fact. You can lose weight eating all meat, or all bread, or all smoothies. I still advise doing it the healthy way though, with a well-balanced diet. You feel a lot better that way, and develop habits for a lifetime.

Jul. 11 2011 11:03 AM

Part of the problem is the American government attitude to consumer protection. The default model in the United States is that something is okay until proven otherwise. Thus, we have a nearly entirely-unregulated dietary supplement industry.

Jul. 11 2011 11:02 AM
Andy B. from New York

What a lame excuse that the Washington Post has their "hands tied". They are responsible for the ads that they run on their site.

If they choose to run scam ads, then that lowers their reputation to a paper that cares more about money than about the truth.

Jul. 11 2011 11:01 AM
brando from Bklyn

the best thing for your abs is a good core workout plan. plus doing the following:
1. knee ups
2. planking
3. mountain climbers
4. eating less carbs after lunch time
5. take CLA's to help get rid of fat around the stomach area.

Jul. 11 2011 11:00 AM
Katie from Brooklyn

The government can't shut them down because the ads are protected by the first amendment unless the government can prove that they are fraudulent.

Jul. 11 2011 11:00 AM
Serious Business from Sunset Park, Brooklyn

The one tip you need is this: Install Adblock+ on your browser so you don't see this silly advertisements.

I had not heard or seen this spam advert until a few days ago.

Jul. 11 2011 10:57 AM
Ken from Little Neck

I can't believe people haven't learned by now to *never* give out a credit card number unless you know exactly who's getting it.

Jul. 11 2011 10:56 AM
Michelle from nyc

I can't believe this guy never heard of acai. Even Dr. Oz talks about acai...

Who clicks on those side ads anyway? They're ads!!!

Jul. 11 2011 10:54 AM
Andy B. from New York

1. Brian ought to consider that much of the "obesity epidemic" is simply due to the aging population. Age up means metabolic rate goes down.

2. Chad - it's carbs, not calories. Read Gary Taubes' "Good Calories Bad Calories". ( He has been a guest on this show).

Jul. 11 2011 10:54 AM
Bk from Nj

You give out your credit card number and then are surprised that the "free" sample was not free? Geez
That said, if they keep charging you and won't let you cancel due to hang ups etc call credit card
Company and report fraud and challenge the charge.

Jul. 11 2011 10:54 AM
Estelle

I'm with Chad in NH; worked for me.

All sit-ups and crunches are gonna get you is a hernia.

Jul. 11 2011 10:54 AM
David from West Hempstead

For a flat belly, get off your tucus.

And learn to adblock, guys, seriously.

Jul. 11 2011 10:54 AM
Andy B. from New York

1. Brian ought to consider that much of the "obesity epidemic" is simply due to the aging population. Age up means metabolic rate goes down.

2. Chad - it's carbs, not calories. Read Gary Taubes' "Good Calories Bad Calories". ( He has been a guest on this show).

Jul. 11 2011 10:54 AM
Katie from Brooklyn

The caller, Jackie, made an interesting point. People want health care. I'd be interested to know what percentage of the people who click through don't have health insurance.

Jul. 11 2011 10:53 AM
Angie from Queens

This is news? Doesn't every weight loss ad do this? In fact, doesn't every AD do this? Who doesn't know this?

Jul. 11 2011 10:53 AM
Gabriel from NYC

Sounds like those fake news ads from during the Bush era.

Jul. 11 2011 10:52 AM
Naomi Alexis from Brooklyn

Underemployment has kept me pretty svelte..

Jul. 11 2011 10:51 AM
Peg from Southern Tier NY

My tip - Take back the jobs that only immigrants are willing to do. Eight to 12 hours a day in an agricultural field, in the hot sun, working and sweating as hard as you can... AND WATCH THOSE BELLIES FADE AWAY!!!

Jul. 11 2011 10:51 AM
Andy B. from New York

1. Brian ought to consider that much of the "obesity epidemic" is simply due to the aging population. Age up means metabolic rate goes down.

2. Chad - it's carbs, not calories. Read Gary Taubes' "Good Calories Bad Calories". ( He has been a guest on this show).

Jul. 11 2011 10:50 AM
Bart from New York City

Can't you call your credit card bank and stop payments on these purchases (if you can't cancel your subscription over the phone?)

Jul. 11 2011 10:50 AM

People click through on these ads?! Isn't it obvious that the "1 tip" ads (and _most_ net advertising) are just 1 step away from the "I'm a Nigerian princess in prison" spam?

Jul. 11 2011 10:50 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Reason*s* not to click on those ads? How about just 1 tip: Duh. It's a scam.

Hey, maybe I can sell that as "1 tip for not losing your money online" & get rich!

Jul. 11 2011 10:48 AM
Chad in NH from New Hampshire

Expend more calories than you consume for as long a period as is necessary to reach the desired goal. Isn't that the "one tip"?

Jul. 11 2011 10:33 AM

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