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Deadly Holiday Drinks, Acai Berry Scams and Seasonal Weight Gain Survival Guide

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:00pm

hot chocolate Deadly Holiday Drinks, Acai Berry Scams and Seasonal Weight Gain Survival Guide

Here is the holiday time of year. Where people are running around shopping, going to social gatherings, and unfortunately adding on some extra pounds.

Why wait till New Years to make some promise to lose weight when you can get back in control right now? Here’s some simple things to be aware of and a free survival guide at the end to keep you on track during the holidays.

Do You Know What You Are Really Drinking?

One of the deadliest calorie bombs around the holidays comes from sources that most people won’t even count, that being what you drink. Yes sad to say that drinks also count towards putting in the excess calories and shutting down fat burning (from the high sugar intake).

Here is just a few samples of the deadliest drinks during the holidays that may be sneaking up on you. All of the stats below are based on 1 serving size/cup (8 fl oz) and taken from www.caloriecount.about.com.

  • Eggnog - is about 350 calories with @40g of sugar per serving!
  • Hot Apple Cider - While not too high in calories does pack about a 30g sugar punch! (but the real danger comes in multiple servings)
  • Pumpkin Spice Frappuchino - will give you 230 calories almost 50g of sugar in the smallest size (with the largest size over 500 calories and 90g of sugar!)
  • Hot Chocolate Drink (from a Coffee Shop) - can give you (or your kid) about 250 calories and 40g of sugar.

Keep in mind, these are just 8 fl oz or the smallest sizes. Now imagine going and having a medium/large size that can get to 500+ calories and 90+g of sugar! Or have more than one cup (who really stops at one?) at the party and you are packing in more calories than you would be able to walk off in an hour!

The Weight Loss Scams

Around the holidays and the New Year is when the ads really start to ramp up for weight loss products . As traditional advertising outlets start to decline (magazines, newspapers) and more shift their ad revenue online, you will undoubtedly see more and more weight loss ads on websites.

But there is a new breed of online marketers who are using some tricks to part you from your money. These “slick” marketers are coming up with more creative and believable story lines to disguise what they are really doing. This includes “fake” blogs and news sites popping up to try and trick people into buying something. These sites will make use of:

  • Videos about the topic (from reputable sources)…but they are in no way associated with the product, or even talk about it
  • Images of celebrities or other well known people (like dropping Oprah’s name on the page for the reader to associate her with this product)
  • Use  “As seen on” and then images of news/magazines such as CNN, NBC…when in fact their specific product was never seen on it (just maybe a general topic about some part was).
  • “Borrowed” before and after images from other places off the web (not theirs at all)
  • A blog setup to look like a real person (with fake comments and all), but it is not a real blog and only one page
  • Designed to look like an trusted online news site/release about a report on some hot new supplement

Nice huh? Well like they say, if it sounds too good to be true…read the fine print. Such as the following from this fake Acai Berry blog:

You are ordering the Acai Alive 10 day risk-free trial offer for $2.86 shipping and handling. If Acai Alive is not right for you, call 1-866-214-3295 within 10 days from your order date to cancel your trial and you owe nothing more. Otherwise, do nothing and at the end of your 10 day trial, you will be automatically enrolled into our Home Delivery Plan and your credit card will be charged $79.90 for the bottles you received. Approximately 60 days from your original order date ( and every 60 days thereafter), you will be sent a new two monthly supply of Acai Alive & your credit card will be billed $79.90 plus $6.95 S&H (CO residents add sales tax).

or from this Colon Cleansing site:

Start your RISK-FREE Trial today and we will send you a full 30-day supply of the Colon Revitalize System. Just pay $4.99 in shipping and processing. You will have 14 days to try the Colon Revitalize System and discover why it is the perfect colon cleansing system for you. If you like how our system cleanses out the colon, do nothing - at the end of your free-trial* period you will be charged the discounted price of $78.88.

So just get suckered in for something “free” as what have you got to lose right? But they neglect to inform you about being billed $80 for that free trial, and being on some auto-billing program from that point on. Good luck getting your money back from those guys. Not too mention who said any of those products really do anything (as you can read more about the exaggerated hype and claims of the Acai berry with this story on MSNBC )

Oh and by the way, anything that looks real is just for show and may not be taken literally such as pictures, comments, or any results….who said marketing wasn’t honest (note sarcasm)….

This website, and any page on the website, is based loosely off a true story, but has been modified in multiple ways including, but not limited to: the story, the photos, and the comments. Thus, this blog, and any page on this website, are not to be taken literally or as a non-fiction story. This blog, and the results mentioned on this blog, although achievable for some, are not to be construed as the results that you may achieve on the same routine. We are not affiliated in any way with, the Rachael Ray Show, or the Oprah Winfrey Show.

FREE Holiday Weight Gain Survival Guide

holiday weight gain Lastly we have put together a free holiday weight gain survival guide (PDF) for you, your friends, coworkers, family or whoever you want to share it with. Simple strategies to keep you enjoying the holidays without needing to go up a pant size in the process. You may even lose weight too!

Just click here (or on the picture) to download the PDF at this page. You have our permission to email the page or PDF to anyone and everyone to help them also not gain that extra weight around the holidays (that seems so hard to get off for many and just adds up over the years).

Hope you have a fun holiday season…and keep off those unwanted pounds too!

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