Pure Weight Loss Helped Customers Lose Money, Not Weight, Says Attorney General

Pure Weight Loss Helped Customers Lose Money, Not Weight, Says Attorney General

Last week, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the PA-based company Pure Weight Loss and its owner, Vahan Karian. Pure Weight Loss, which has about 400 stores nationwide, announced last December that it was going out of business, and yet continued to accept pre-payment from unaware customers up to four days after posting the announcement on its website. Since closing, it has failed to reimburse customers fees for unfulfilled contracts or deliver the supplies they’ve already bought.

Infomercial Scammer Kevin Trudeau Found In Contempt Of Court

Infomercial Scammer Kevin Trudeau Found In Contempt Of Court

Kevin Trudeau, well known for all sorts of cons over the years—his most recent one was this diet book—was found in contempt of court last week by a U.S. District Court judge for violating his permanent 2004 injunction.

It's Science: Diets Don't Work

It's Science: Diets Don't Work

“Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.”

Introducing: The CVS Chocolate Diet!

Introducing: The CVS Chocolate Diet!

Reader Greg sends the above photo of his local CVS. Now there’s a diet….or perhaps just a helpful suggestion for those shoppers who are often drawn to this particular aisle.—MEGHANN MARCO

Special K: No Miracle

Special K: No Miracle

Jared over at The Lose Weight Diet is with us on the inherent bullshittiness (yes, we invented that word) of “The Special K Challenge,” from his post:

How To Tell If A Diet Is A Sham

Jared points out his amusing list of the top 10 ways to tell if a weight loss program is a buncha snake oil.

Atkins Diet Leads to Head Exploding?

Atkins Diet Leads to Head Exploding?

No, it doesn’t. But now that the lo-carb craze is over (again), our cholesterol-drenched hearts heaved a few millimeters higher to hear the results of the latest report decrying the Atkins Diet fad.

Mars’ CocoaVia: Life by Chocolate

What’s healthier? Eating a “heart smart” chocolate bar packed with antioxidant flavanols or not eating a chocolate bar at all? Mars, maker of M&Ms and Snickers, is promoting their new ‘healthy’ branding experiment CocoaVia, suggesting that the consumption of two portions of the dark, hippie chocolate will help to reduce bad cholesterol.