The Perfect Punch advertises a full-body, fat-burning workout, but you might as well just hit the treadmill.

Putting Jay Glazer’s Perfect Punch And Other Infomercial Workout Systems To The Test

If those jeans you got as a gift this holiday season don’t fit because of the all the food you devoured in the last few weeks, you might be tempted to buy one of those exercise devices advertised on TV. But some of these products aren’t worth the price — or effort. [More]

(Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie)

Study: Weight Loss Programs Are Just As Good As Relying On Doc’s Advice To Shed Pounds

As parents are fond of noting, maybe you shouldn’t jump off a cliff just because all of your friends are doing so, but if you have pals that are seeing results from joining a weight loss program, you might want to join them. Not in the cliff-jumping, Weight Watchers or something like it. A new study says people in such programs are often just as successful or more so than people who only rely on medical advice from a doctor to lose weight. [More]

Cut Carbs With These Food Substitutions

Cut Carbs With These Food Substitutions

If you’re trying to lose weight by cutting down on carbohydrates, you don’t necessarily need to alter your diet drastically. By swapping out carb-rich ingredients in favor of low or no-carb stuff with similar shapes, tastes and textures, you can stick to your plan without much sacrifice. [More]

One Man's Plan For An All-Out Attack On His Excess Baggage

One Man's Plan For An All-Out Attack On His Excess Baggage

Some weight loss experts warn against sudden, drastic changes in lifestyle and diet to try to lose weight, but there’s no restrictions on the results that determination and careful planning can yield. Those who have already given up on New Year’s resolutions to lose weight may find inspiration in people who are making sweeping changes. [More]

Study: Cutting Carbs 2 Days A Week Could Be Enough To Lose Weight

Study: Cutting Carbs 2 Days A Week Could Be Enough To Lose Weight

Not everyone has the self-control to downsize their bellies by cutting bread completely out of their lives, but they might not need to. According to a British study, avoiding carbs just two days a week could be all dieters need to do to lose weight. [More]

Fat Gets You High

Fat Gets You High

A new study finds that eating fatty foods triggers the release of endocannabinoids in the body, which are marijuana-like chemicals. And the feeling they give you makes you want to continue eating more fatty food. [More]

FDA Approves Lap-Band Surgery For Not-As-Obese Patients

FDA Approves Lap-Band Surgery For Not-As-Obese Patients

The folks at Allergan, the company behind the popular Lap-Band weight loss surgery, have 26 million reasons to cheer today. After all, that’s the number of potential new Lap-Band patients now that the FDA has lowered the minimum weight loss requirements for the procedure. [More]

HCG Diet Products Are Fraud, Says FDA

HCG Diet Products Are Fraud, Says FDA

There are tons of diet pill pages on the internet prosthelytizing the wonders of the miracle diet drug HCG, or “human chorionic gonadotropin.” You have the usual “before” and “after” pictures where you get to play that fun game of trying to figure out if they’re actually two different people, and the promises of losing 30 pounds in 4 weeks. Only problem is that HCG doesn’t work for weight loss, and an FDA exec says they may even be illegal and fraudulent. Quelle surprise! [More]

Researchers Conclude Wii Fit Produces 'Underwhelming Results'

Researchers Conclude Wii Fit Produces 'Underwhelming Results'

Nintendo’s flapjack-like selling Wii Fit isn’t much of an exercise program, according to researchers from the American Council on Exercise, who researched the calorie-burning video game along with the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Gamasutra reports.

344 Now 224 lb Reader Featured On TV, In Newsweek

344 Now 224 lb Reader Featured On TV, In Newsweek

Reader Tyler Weeks, who started a blog to chronicle his journey from 344 pounds to his current weight of 224.6, was recently featured in Newsweek and on his local CBS news station for his weight reduction success story. Nice job! Here’s the video.

How I Lost 100.4 Pounds In 6 Months

How I Lost 100.4 Pounds In 6 Months

Reader Tyler started 344pounds.com to document his weight loss journey. We’ve checked in with him before when he lost 32 and then 54.6 pounds. Now that he’s hit the hundred-pound-loss mark, Tyler wrote this feature for us to share his methods.

Sorry, You Are Too Tall For Weight Watchers!

Sorry, You Are Too Tall For Weight Watchers!

This is kinda sad. JJ is 6’10” and wants to lose a little weight. Trouble is, 6’10” is too tall for Weight Watchers Online.

Can't Cancel Weight Watchers Online Membership? Here's Help

Can't Cancel Weight Watchers Online Membership? Here's Help

Are you having trouble canceling your online Weight Watchers membership? If the normal online cancellation channels don’t work, try this number. Remember, like all contact information provided on this site, it is to be used for good, not evil, and only when all other options don’t work.

Easy Weight Loss And Free Cash: A Dubious Product Online Marketing Empire Revealed

Easy Weight Loss And Free Cash: A Dubious Product Online Marketing Empire Revealed

I started out looking at the advertising and affiliate practices of one company, CreditReport America, and learned that the company that owns this site apparently produces a solid majority of the ads on the Web that annoy me.

Exercise Science Shocker: Regular Exercise And Diet Are The Best Ways To Lose Weight

Exercise Science Shocker: Regular Exercise And Diet Are The Best Ways To Lose Weight

Are you sitting down? Of course you are, that’s why you were interested in a lose-weight-quick scheme to begin with. Well, bad news. Exercise physiologists took at look at several six-week weight loss programs and determined that no, those products don’t work, and that if you want to stop looking like a “dumpling,” it’s going to take at least six months of actual effort.

Careful, Those Free Acai Products Might Come Attached To A Delicious Scam

Careful, Those Free Acai Products Might Come Attached To A Delicious Scam

The BBB is warning consumers about scams attached to the popular, yummy acai berry. Online ads claiming endorsements by Oprah and Rachel Ray are pitching acai-berry-themed weight loss products — and are generating thousands of complaints from angry consumers who say they’ve been scammed.

http://consumerist.com/2008/08/20/nbc-and-general-mills-are/

NBC and General Mills are planning on launching a “Biggest Loser” line of food this fall. The idea of someone sitting at home watching that show while munching a “Biggest Loser” energy bar is deeply depressing. [Entertainment Marketing Letter]

100 Calorie Packs Makes You Fat

100 Calorie Packs Makes You Fat

Smaller-sized 100-calorie snack packs are supposed to help with weight loss, but the problem is they don’t work. In an experiment published in the Journal of Consumer Research, subjects were primed to think about their body shape and then given bags of potato chips and placed in front of a TV. The group that was given nine small bags ate much more than those given two large bags, 46.1 grams vs 23.5. What’s going on? It appears that the smaller size tricks people into thinking they’re eating less, so they feel fine about chowing down more. Consumers may merrily consume the innocently small packages of Little Pleasures at an even higher pace,” wrote the study’s authors, “leading to over-consumption.”