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BBB: Lose Weight Not Money-Avoid N.Y. Weight Loss Scams

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New year resolutions are likely in full swing. Many of which include losing weight or getting in shape. The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan has a word of caution to help you avoid losing money.

New year resolutions are likely in full swing. Many of which include losing weight or getting in shape. The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan has a word of caution to help you avoid losing money.

“You’re going to be seeing a lot of advertisements on social media and TV with things you can do to lose weight, but we want people to approach this with a lot of caution.”

Many people may be wanting to lose that holiday weight now that we’re in to the new year. But, the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan is warning consumers that the desire to get in shape or lose weight fast creates a risk of being deceived by products that do not work as advertised. BBB Communications Specialist, Katie Grevious says it’s important to be vigilant, so that you don’t lose money instead of weight.

“We want people to do their research, so they’re not spending hundreds of dollars for things they think are going to be some sort of miracle or immediate weight loss solution then are sorely disappointed.”

Grevious says there are a lot of good supplements, programs and companies out there, you just need to find the right ones.

“Do some homework on that company, make sure they’re legitimate. That they’re advertising what they say they are. If you can’t find a lot of info on them, that’s a red flag, that maybe you should look somewhere else, that maybe you should look to a different company to help you out.”

Grevious says you should also make sure you understand commitments to gyms and clubs.

“We see a lot of upset consumers who maybe didn’t do as much homework that they should have on the gym they want to join. And they didn’t read that contract. That’s our big one, make sure you’re reading those terms and conditions.”

Grevious says as always, you can go to BBB.org for more information.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.