You’ve been lied to. Time and time again. I want to make sure that you recognize these scams so you no longer get ripped off. This time we’re taking a look at common scams the supplement industry pulls on you. If you’ve wasted tons of money on supplements over the years and have never been satisfied with the results, this might sting a bit. Someone’s gotta break the news to you though.
- Outrageous Claims
One of the most obvious ways that supplement companies scam people is by making ridiculous claims that are too good to be true. Something dietary supplement companies especially like to do is show before and after photos. This is actually starting to die down because consumers are getting smarter, but it’s still common.
Take a look at this video Furious Pete made that illustrates how easy it is to fake those before and after photos.
Of course it’s pretty obvious that those before and after photos aren’t real, but people will believe what they want. It’s easy to con someone out of money who is desperate and there are lots of people who feel desperate to lose weight.
Many companies have taken it a step further and found a bogus doctor willing to put their name on the product to give it credibility.
Recently, Dr. Oz was called into question for all of his outrageous claims about the supplements he promoted on his show.
I was so happy when that news story broke! For years it has baffled me that people actually think of him as a credible source of information.
- Proprietary Blends
Another common scam that is less obvious is the use of proprietary blends.
What makes this less obvious is that the idea of a proprietary blend makes sense in a way. The idea behind a proprietary blend is that a company can hide its secret formula or recipe. They have to state the ingredients, but not the amounts of each ingredient if they are in a blend. They just show the total quantity of the entire blend. So if a company has discovered the perfect ratio of ingredients to be most effective then they don’t want their competitors to figure it out and copy them.
The downside is that there’s a lot of room for fuckery there. Legally you could just sprinkle in the expensive ingredients so they are technically in there and just add a cheap filler like silica.
Check out this clip from the documentary Bigger Faster Stronger, which I highly recommend watching by the way.
The way you can watch out for this is to look for products that don’t hide doses in proprietary blends. If a supplement uses a proprietary blend that doesn’t always mean they are dishonest, but it should at least raise a little suspicion in your mind. A lot of companies will show the doses of the most important ingredients and create a blend of ingredients that don’t matter as much – that’s fine.
- The Cheap Protein Scam
Have you noticed that some protein powders go for about $30 for a 2 lb bottle and you can find some at Walmart for only $10. Do you think that’s because Walmart cares about bringing you the best prices on the best quality products? No, of course you aren’t stupid.
Is it because the more expensive brands are just ripping you off that much? You’d think that right? Interestingly in this case, the companies selling the cheaper protein are the ones scamming you.
Here’s a video made by Marc Lobliner, who owns and has owned several supplement companies. Within a year of this video being released there has been a class action lawsuit filed against a brand that was suspected of amino spiking. Watch the video to find out what amino spiking is and why you aren’t getting the amount of protein reported on the label from those cheap protein powders.
Unlike other supplements, when it comes to protein powder you get what you pay for. If you choose to use protein powder, think of it as food. You don’t expect the cheapest food to be the best quality food do you?
- Banned Substances
This one has gone unnoticed for years, but is finally getting some attention. Everyone knows that supplements are nowhere near as strong as drugs. However, if supplement companies could make a product that was as strong as drugs they could see a huge profit.
Well, some companies have figured out ways to do just that. What they do is put a drug in the product and just not claim it on the label. Since the FDA doesn’t regulate dietary supplements, they don’t ever find out until it’s already on the market and people have used it.
Supplement companies have done a tremendous job covering this up for decades.
The oldest trick in the book is to release a product with some sort of steroid or illegal stimulant (depending on the product) in it. The product will get insanely popular in a short amount of time because word gets around quickly when a supplement ACTUALLY works.
Then once you’ve built up a base of loyal fans for a year or two you start to attract the wrong attention when people think your product is too good to be true.
That’s when you decide to take the banned substance out and release a “new formula.” If you read reviews on these supplements you will see that the newer formulas always suck. I’ve experienced this myself many times. That’s because they no longer have the illegal but more effective ingredients.
Many big names have made the news in recent years for this. Jack3d is a popular pre-workout supplement that included a stimulant that was actually legal, but is alleged to have killed two marines who were using the product. The stimulant was similar to an amphetamine.
Another pre-workout supplement, Craze, had an illegal amphetamine in their product that they got busted for. The drug was chemically similar to methamphetamine.
Fat burners are notorious for this sort of thing. Hydroxycut has also killed someone and I see women drinking their shit all the time.
This is more common than you would imagine. Small supplement companies are constantly popping up and sell synthetic drugs disguised as legal supplements and close shop after about 6 months. Then they create a new brand and sell the exact same product under a different name. Since the FDA doesn’t ever step in until they get caught, usually by killing someone, they are never technically “in business” long enough to get punished. You can’t sue a corporation that no longer exists.
- The Entire Industry is On Steroids Anyway
I know you’d like to think that all these natural supplements can perform miracles, but most of the time they don’t do much at all.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some great supplements out there. There are supplements for general health that are very effective and I also feel that nootropics are actually very effective.
However, when it comes to sports supplements there are really only a few things that are THAT effective. Even those that do work only help a little.
The supplement industry marketers would like you to believe you could achieve their physique with their supplements, but they’re all on drugs. They might actually use those supplements, but they got their results from steroids.
He’s got a point – we should be smarter. Fortunately if you read this website, you are.
Many of the people selling health and beauty products obviously have had tons of plastic surgery. Although they’d like you to believe it was their magic pill or cream that kept them looking youthful.
Even women in the fitness world are on steroids and lie about it. This one bothers me because it scares women away from weight lifting, which they could greatly benefit from. They see these women on steroids and think that weight lifting made them look that way.
You can get in great shape naturally, but you have a genetic limit to how much muscle you can build and maintain. Unfortunately that limit is WAY lower than supplement marketers want you to believe.
It’s in their best interest to be in the best shape possible, with the help of steroids, while taking their supplements so you have proof that their supplements work. However, you have to keep buying more and more because you can never catch up to where they are if you are natural. Of course if they came out and told you they were on steroids you might question how effective their products really are – so they prefer not to tell you.
Surely they aren’t all on steroids right? I mean, these are business owners with a lot to lose and using steroids is illegal. Well, there’s a way around that.
The new thing that athletes, actors and yes imagine this – supplement promoters are doing is getting steroids from their doctor legally. It’s called testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT for short. I can’t speak on this from experience, but I can point you to a guy that can.
Danger and Play is the best source that I know of for learning all there is to know about legal steroid use, or TRT.
Many people actually need TRT for legitimate reasons, low testosterone is a serious health issue for men. I don’t want you to think its sole existence is a legal loophole. It’s similar to medical marijuana – sure there are people who use it for medical reasons, but many people claim medical reasons and use it recreationally.
The way the supplement industry got so big was through bodybuilding magazines. The majority of fitness magazines are actually owned by supplement companies. So they control the all of the “information” about the fitness industry. They can write articles to “educate” you about supplements and show you a bunch of fitness models who use steroids and convince you that it’s the supplements that led to those results. Do you see how there could be a conflict of interest there?
There are a lot of scammers out there, but there are still tons of supplements out there that are safe and beneficial. You just need to do your own research.
Knowledge is power and the smarter you are the harder it is to rip you off. Here are two sources I highly recommend:
- Alan Aragon – This guy is one of the best sources for anything about nutrition and dieting. He gets my seal of approval and that is difficult.
- Examine.com – This website actually compiles all of the legitimate research done on supplements so you can see what has been scientifically proven to work and what hasn’t. This is a great way to find out what dosage you should expect on the labels of your supplements too.
Of course I will never steer you wrong with information I put on my site, I guarantee that. However, I don’t go in-depth into nutrition and supplements like those two resources do.
Like I always say, you have to question everything. Unfortunately there are people who have no problem ripping you off, as long as they are never questioned about it. When something sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.
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