Contact Kim: Weight loss remedies

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to lose weight, you may have seen – or even fallen for – one of those "lose weight quick" gimmicks.

They promise that if you take their pill, the weight will simply melt away. It is tempting to think there is a quick fix around the corner, but nothing beats good old-fashioned changes in diet and exercise habits.

Turn on the TV or flip through a magazine, and you'll find ads for miracle weight loss pills, drops and capsules that promise to burn, flush, block, or eliminate fat.

"There are all kinds of gimmicks out there that promise you are going to burn fat. You can eat all these desserts and take their pill and you are going to lose weight. You may see a little weight loss, but probably it's going to come right back," said Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau.

Even though it's tempting to think you can shed pounds without working for it, the truth is there is simply no magic pill to help you lose weight. "Don't get enticed by those. In the end, you will end up doing the good old traditional exercise and eating less," Mason advised.

Mason suggests you make the smarter choice: talk to your physician. "Make sure anything you are considering is safe for you, and know that if those gimmicks really worked, everyone would be doing it," she said.

The BBB has a list of rated fitness facilities and gyms at their website. As for the "magic pills," several companies marketing those claims recently made a $34 million settlement with the FTC over false or misleading claims.

Remember, when breaking news happens, we break it first online, by email, and by text. If you want to receive our breaking news alerts by text, pull out your phone right now and text NEWS to 44848. Message and data rates may apply. You can text STOP at any time to cancel your subscription, text HELP for more information, or call 877-571-0774 for support.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved.