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Ten weight-loss ads that make us want to hurl (and watch the pounds melt away!)

Fitness and diet schemes have been around as long as there's been advertising. It's the sale of empty hope -- machinery with limited usage, devices with inflated claims, herbal supplements that skirt FDA regulations. But we know all that, and still we watch. And some of us still buy.

Of course, we don't watch for the info. We watch for the dazzling lack of production quality, the stunningly cheesy spokespeople -- and maybe so we can fantasize, while we're tucked under our Snuggie at 2:30 in the morning, basking in the glow of dead-of-night television, about a miracle pill or a wondrous apparatus that will solve our problems for us without having to leave the couch. In the daylight, though, we can all laugh at just how ludicrous some of these ads really are. Here, ten of our favorite.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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