What does a pill advertised as Shark Tank’s biggest deal in history and a pill that was developed by a master’s student have in common? They are both keto scams.
Keto Scam on Instagram
After seeing the profile @sarahjohnson.stanford on Instagram (and its many other variations of Sarah and Stanford), we started to fall into the rabbit hole of keto weight loss scams.
This person does not exist. In fact, it says so on the clickable link in her bio. There is a company out there using these Instagram accounts that have STOLEN transformation photos from other pages claiming that these individuals used their pill. There is an elaborate backstory as to how the pill was created, but the real kicker is that these ketogenic diet pills keep changing names.
Different Names, Same Scam
Every time you click on the link you get a different name. Just in a matter of minutes, we got the following names:
- Purefit Keto
- Keto Rapid Max Pure
- Keto Legend
- Holistic Bliss Keto
- Keto Supreme
- Keto Max Burn
- Keto RX
- Envy Naturals Keto
- Shark Tank Keto Diet Pills
What is the Big Issue with these Keto Scam Diet Pills?
None of these so-called keto pills have any ingredients listed. These keto diet scam pills make ludicrous claims like being “scientifically proven to block fat,” but they have no explanation as to how they work.
They rope you in by promising a free bottle of magic keto pills and free shipping but don’t tell you there is an automatic renewing fee. There are numerous complaints online on the Better Business Bureau’s website about getting charged $90+ after trying to cancel the subscription.
Diving deeper into fraudulent keto claims, we came across the Shark Tank keto diet pills that were supposedly the biggest deal ever in the show’s history… The problem is that they were never on Shark Tank. The photos they used from Shark Tank were stolen from different women, and the news reporters’ photos for their website were also stolen.
Our friend, Suzanne Ryan (@ketokarma), had her photos stolen by the company Keto Slim Life (ketoslimlife.com). They claimed she lost 120 pounds on their pill. This was completely false and belittled all of her hard work.
Beyond Losing Money: What is the Bigger Issue?
Losing money is terrible, but what is even worse? Damaging someone’s health.
We don’t know what ingredients are in these pills and they are completely unregulated. Not to mention these pills won’t work. What’s the result of all these potential health risks and no results? People who take these keto scam pills will blame the ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones for not working rather than the shady company.
How Do I Spot a Scam?
Here are a few red flags you should watch out for when buying any product claiming to be keto:
- Are the ingredients listed?
- Can you find REAL reviews on reputable websites?
- If they are on social media, do they tag the original poster of before and after photos?
- If it is BHB, is it in a pill? (it is very difficult to fit an efficacious dose of BHB in a pill)
- Are they Ketogenic Certified? (Earning the title of Ketogenic Certified means that they have been tested for efficacy and artificial sweeteners.)
If you know me, you know I’m all about offense and I’m about to go on all-out offensive front educating stronger than ever about keto as it relates to the diet and even exogenous ketones. Both can and do have an impact on optimizing human potential, but when taken at of context, it brings a negative clout to the entire conversation. I believe this is a conversation worth protecting.
Do me a huge favor and please be cautious when buying any weight loss supplements. Additionally, thoroughly vet out exogenous ketones. It’s important to understand that an effective dose isn’t delivered in a pill and 99.9% of companies are using a racemic mixture so effectively it’s less than 50% as effective as they are even claiming.
How Do I Learn More About this Scam?
If you’d like to learn more about this topic, make sure to check out our in-depth video covering all aspects of this Shark Tank keto diet pill scam.
Dr. Ryan P. Lowery is the CEO of Ketogenic.com, author of The Ketogenic Bible, President of the Applied Science and Performance Institute and KetoPhD™. His mission is to spread awareness around the Ketogenic Lifestyle and its’ many benefits beyond body composition. He earned his BS and MS in exercise physiology and exercise and nutrition science from the University of Tampa and completed his doctorate work at Concordia University in Health and Human Performance with a focus on “The Effects of a Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet and Exogenous Ketone Supplementation on Various Markers of Health and Body Composition in Healthy and Diseased Populations.” Over his career, Ryan has published over 150 papers, abstracts, and book chapters on human performance and sports nutrition and has dedicated his life to educating the masses. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his best friend, Scoot the Keto Pup, jet skiing, and traveling around the world. The way to his heart is through a good glass of wine and Keto desserts.