Today we’re taking a look at the website DietRatings.org, which was spotted in an ad today online, promising us 5 diet pills that work. So since they’ve put themselves out there with such bold statements, we thought we should take a closer look.
The ad we saw today was sharing the same space with a Peaklife.com ad, which already makes us take pause. Read our peaklife review here.
The ad for DietRatings.org read:
5 Diet Pills that Work
2012s Top 5 Weight Loss Pills. Updated Consumer Ratings. Free Report.
When we visit the website, we see that it is “sponsored” by Applied Nutritional Research. They claim to have a “Proprietary 3-Stage Ratings System” which includes compiling product data, calculating averages, and recommending the most effective products.
Sounds great, right? The problem is, we end up seeing the same old tired, unproven products that every other affiliate marketer is pushing. Three of their five products we have already written about here on Waffles. Finally, they list “best price online” next to each product, all of which were much more expensive than we found at sites like GNC or Amazon.
In short, the site appears to be nothing more than an affiliate-type website designed to push commonly peddled weight loss products. Let’s take a look at their 5 diet pills that work:
Raspberry Ketone – $37
First up, we see their top rated diet pill to be raspberry ketone.
This is the latest “miracle pill” pushed heavily by affiliate marketers, often charging outrageous prices or pushing “free trials” which hit your credit card for exorbitant rates. And you can just run down to the nearest drug store if you want to try it, often far cheaper than these online retailers who hype it beyond belief. Read our full writeup here.
Though they say the best online price is $37, we found several similar products at GNC for $12 to $20.
African Mango – $37
DietRatings.org claims that African Mango is their 2nd best diet pill and sends readers to officialafricanmango.com. As with raspberry ketone, African Mango has been promoted relentlessly by shady online marketers for the past year or two. Often the quality of the product and the validity of their claims are questionable.
It should be mentioned that their “Get Lowest Price” button shows $37 as the lowest online price, yet I found African mango at GNC’s website on sale for about $13, with a regular price of $25.
Read our full writeup of African mango here.
Phosphacore – $37
The #3 pill is Phosphacore, which has an active ingredient of Phosphatidylserine. We have not yet reviewed this product. They tell is the best online price is $37, yet we easily found it at Swanson for $19. WebMD doesn’t list weight loss as a possible use for this ingredient.
Maqui Berry – $37
#4 on the list is the Maqui Berry, which they tell us is cheapest (again) for $37. They send us to maqui6.com, which looks very similar to the African mango site they linked. We were able to find several Maqui Berry products at Amazon for under $20. WebMD has stated that all claimed uses for this product are insufficient.
Slimming Coffee – $47
The #5 pill promoted by DietRatings.org is slimming coffee. This is one we’ve actually discussed in two articles, as it is one of the main components of the heavily-touted, and expensive, RealDose.
In our article on slimming coffee, you’ll read that these expensive green coffee bean supplements do no more good than regular coffee. We found similar extract on GNC for $22.
While we wouldn’t say DietRatings.org is a scam, they don’t offer anything new or substantive, and the prices they quote are much higher than most drug stores or major supplement outlets.
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