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10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick

Questions to Ask Yourself to Avoid a Scam

-- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

Fitness infomercials promise a lot: dramatic weight-loss, big results, a six pack in 30 days! But unfortunately, most of them do not deliver on those promises. When those ads are so intriguing and believable, how do you know which new products deliver and which ones leave much to be desired?

To separate the real fitness tools from the get-fit-quick scams, just ask yourself the 10 questions below. If you answer, "yes" even one of them, save your money: It probably won't give you the results it promises!

10 Must-Ask Questions before You Buy Another Exercise Product

1. Does it sound too good to be true?
If it does, it probably is. The people behind these products and ads really are marketing geniuses. In a matter of seconds, they harness your attention. Within minutes, you believe that you can have the body of a fitness model in just minutes a day, too. But we all know that isn't realistic. Looking like a fitness spokesperson has everything to do with a very low body-fat percentage, which takes hard work, time and dedication. Here's another insider trick: When calculating how many calories a new product burns, many companies will test their product on a very large, muscular man to get an inflated number, which skews the calorie burn for most people. If the ad in question is promising results that logically aren't possible, change the channel.

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