2001 Slim Chance AwardsEach year, Frances M. Berg, M.S., who operates the Healthy Weight Network presents "Slim Chance Awards" to promoters of weight-loss schemes. Here are the awards for 2001:.
Worst Product: Hollywood 48 Hour Diet.
Advertised that you can lose a dress size over the weekend.
Worst Gadget: Slenderstrip.
This repeat winner of the worst gadget award is a snake oil-on-a-band-aid type of magical cure with the false claim that you can lose weight by attaching the strip to your body.
Worst Claim: Super-Crash Diet.
Supposedly "turns ugly fat into harmless water which flows right out of your body by the hour!" and can shrink you "a full size smaller" in 24 hours.
Most Outrageous: Blast Away Fat.
Uses apple pectin to "seek and destroy enemy fat" and leads people to believe they can lose as much as 60 pounds in 90 days.
This article was posted on December 22, 2008.