Saturday, January 13, 2007

Thank You FTC!

When this news was published a couple weeks ago, I got a bunch of emails from people who were wondering if this meant anything to Beachbody and Million Dollar Body. As far as I am concerned, it's great news, because the more publicity there is saying that a healthy lifestyle doesn't come in a bottle, the smarter our balanced approach looks.

There just is nothing better than achieving weight loss through fun fitness, simple portion control, and a peer support system that helps you stay on track. If you want to lose weight you need to balance calorie expenditure with calorie consumption to create a daily deficit. And if you want to keep it off, you have to support your metabolism with food and resistance training. That's the solution. Anything else is like borrowing a skinny suit for a weekend with the penalty of feeling lousy and gaining more back soon after. Can some supplements help you get results? Sure, in a supportive role to a healthy lifestyle. The pill pushers recommend diet and exercise in the fine print, when our community knows better. Bravo FTC!

FTC fines 4 diet pill makers for false claims
Marketers of popular weight-loss drugs misled consumers, FTC says
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday fined the marketers of four weight loss pills $25 million for making false advertising claims ranging from rapid weight loss to reducing the risk of cancer.

FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras said the products would remain on store shelves, but that the companies would have to stop making the false claims.

“What we challenge is the marketing of the claims,” she said. “The marketers are required to back up the claims with the science and if they can’t do that they can’t make the claim. But we don’t ban the products from the shelves.”

The FTC investigated a variety of claims made — including rapid weight loss and reduction in the risk of osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and even cancer, Majoras noted.

Fines were levied against marketers of Xenadrine EFX, One A Day Weight Smart, CortiSlim and TrimSpa.

Telephone calls to the marketers seeking comment were not immediately returned Thursday.
Majoras said that some of the money paid as civil fines would be returned to consumers. “We always try to get money back when consumers have been deceived,” she said. “In this instance I’m pleased to say that I believe we’re going to get millions back from some of these products to be able to return it to consumers.”

The largest fine was levied against two marketers of Xenadrine EFX, made by New Jersey-based Nutraquest, Inc., formerly known as Cytodyne Technologies. The marketers will pay at least $8 million and as much as $12.8 million. A federal lawsuit has been filed in Newark, N.J. The marketer was identified as RTC Research & Development, LLC, based in Manasquan, N.J.
A $12 million fine was assessed against seven marketers of CortiSlim and CortiStress. The marketers were identified as Window Rock Health Laboratories, based in Brea, Calif.
The Bayer Corp., based in Morristown, N.J., will pay a $3.2 million civil penalty to settle the claims and agreed to stop ads that say the multivitamins can increase metabolism. TrimSpa, based in Whippany, N.J., will pay $1.5 million.

Placebo more effective Majoras cautioned the estimated 70 million Americans trying to lose weight not to turn to pills.

“You’re not going to find weight loss in a bottle of pills,” she said.
She said the FTC investigation found that the marketers of Xenadrine had a study that said those who took a placebo actually lost more weight than those taking the pill.

“They not only didn’t have studies to support the claim, they actually had a study that went the other way,” she said.

Some of the products marketed their claims through infomercials or celebrity endorsements. Anna Nicole Smith, for example, has endorsed TrimSpa.

“Testimonials from individuals are not a substitute for science,” Majoras said. “And that’s what Americans need to understand.”'


Anonymous said...

This is what we have been saying all along! LOL

I know we finally got it through our heads! LOL

I have suggested the slimming formula to some of the people I coach. They always ask if this is so they dont have to workout anymore! My first reply is, if that was the case MDB wouldn't sell anything else! LOL

I have to constantly tell people there is NO magic pill!

Of course, I am a walking testimonial for MDB! I always have people ask me how I'm doing it. They are blown away to hear that I eat right and exercise! LOL

Thanks, Carl, for everything!
Keep Up the great work! And the great ideas!

Elizabeth (aka Liberty)

psalm9567 said...


I saw this same article and LAUGHED AND CHEERED that these people have to pay through the nose for misleading their customers!!

Hopefully, those same disheartened customers will realize that it's through the "no-brainers" that make that weight loss journey a success!!

No pill on earth is worth more than a good sweat!!

Kudos to BB and MDB for pushing us to reach our goals the healthy way!


Anonymous said...

Dear Carl,

I was wondering if Tony Norton was running any onsite trainings, for P90X program, here in the US? Does he partake in a week training now and then?

Also does he do any personal training?

Thank you.

Carl Daikeler said...

Mr. Horton does fitness camps from time to time (He is doing one this weekend, April 4, in Washington DC)

He does do personal training from his personal studio in Santa Monica, CA. The best way to reach him is through his blog, or Tony's mailbag at Team Beachbody.