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The True Story of Amanda Haughman Weight Loss — It's Fake!!!

Sea Published On Wed Apr 01 2020   Modified On Wed Jul 27 2022
The True Story of Amanda Haughman Weight Loss — It's Fake!!!

Is there even such a story of 'Amanda Haughman Weight Loss'? Apparently not, by all accounts. But it was something people were astonished over and even followed the supposed story for their own body, which, by several reviews, never really worked.

Several years after its appearance, the story based on a completely unrelated photo and false claims is convincing people to follow "just Keto with apple cider vinegar" diet to shed a drastic amount of weight within a month. It seems to be placed as ads on so many other websites thenceforth. But many keen-eyed publications have torn the story apart and broken down the facts already. And everything about it seems to be a lie.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Did the Cornell student really cut down on 37 lbs with these kinds of supplements?
Photo Credit: ThamKC, Shutterstock

Here's the first thing that disproves it already; the site,, which placed the ad that the story was from CNN Nutrition (which of course is completely false) had been shut down already, and independent was misspelled with an 'a' instead of an 'e', at the end. Plus, research made by QZ at the time showed up no one as 'Suzanne Pischner', the alleged author of the ad.

The Advertised Story Allegedly from CNN: 'Student from Cornell University Cuts 37lbs On University Budget!'

There were three people involved in the alleged CNN story of April 2017, besides the interviewer 'Suzanne' (if she's even real), — Amanda Haughman, her friend Mark, and Melissa McCarthy (yeah, the 'Mike & Molly' actress with her own inspiring weight loss story).

The story starts off with her incredible story right from the start. "Amanda Haughman, a student at Cornell University, was able to drop 37lbs off her waist in 1 month. Amanda is studying nutrition sciences at Cornell, and for a required research project Amanda thought it would be perfect to use university funds to find out how to 'hack' her weight loss. According to Amanda, 'the most expensive piece of it all was actually finding what worked.' "

Are you there, Amanda? Likely not.
Photo: That Advertisement

Then goes her titular statement, "I had struggled with my weight my whole life. I tried things like 'Weight Watchers' and Jenny Craig, which just didn't work as good as they promised. I am a single Mom with a kid at home and I am also working towards my degree, so I don't have any time to be at the gym. When I was assigned this big research project, I saw it as a perfect opportunity to get a deeper look at the natural weight loss opportunities that are out there, and that is when I found out about combining TrimGenesis Garcinia and apple cider vinegar. The best part of it all, I can tell that my daughter is proud of me."

The story continues by saying Amanda shared the weight loss secret — a combination of a keto diet and apple cider vinegar supplements of 'Garcinia Cambogia' into a product 'Refresh Garcinia Cambogia' or 'Garcinia Slim' — with her friend Mark who also lost over 130 lbs in under 3 months. For proof, there were both their photos included. And the product was being circulated in the ads as a real thing.

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It goes on to allege Amanda saying she burnt her research money given by the university on finding a solution, looking into other successful stories until, being a Melissa McCarthy fan, she found a radio interview of McCarthy allegedly crediting her weight loss to combining the advertised Keto diet and the apple cider vinegar solution.

Beware!! How are this person and the person in the photo above the same one? Mind Blown!!!
Photo Source: Fit Happy Free

Then, Amanda went in and bought it all, as she described the process of consuming the diet and how she suddenly thinned out in the waist area. Here's one such copy of the advertisement.

The Truth: It's False

There Are Other Similar Weight Loss Story with a Real "Bridie Ritchie"; The Interview Had the Exact Same Words

In addition to the website with a spelling mistake not existing anymore, the writer was not available on LinkedIn or Twitter (under an alias name maybe? Maybe not). The other thing found was a bunch of other stories circulated on several health ad-posting websites and even fishy-looking weight loss ads written by the same author, Suzanne Pischner. One particular ad supposedly came from TMZ posted under the URL trompe l’oeil

The same interview was used in exact copies by several other diet brands, promoting their products, like Green Vibe Keto, Just Keto Keto Fit, HCA Trim, Electro Keto and so on, claiming to be a CNN Nutrition article. And despite having Trademark symbols (™) with the name, it feels like it's not safe to go through their methods. Such clickbait-y posts have swarmed social media with fake stories, and fake comments and boosted with likes, that read "12 like", yes, without an 's'.

Credit to Jordan from 'Fit Happy Free' for digging these out. She too was fed up with it.
Photo Source: Fit Happy Free

One another particular weight loss advertisement article to stand out from many of those containing her byline — is a story of an Australian bride, Bridie Ritchie, losing weight in order to look the best for her fiance on her Wedding Day. Thank heavens Bridie is a real person.

In the story too, Suzanne interviewed Bridie about losing 120+ lbs, and guess what, the story had words in almost the exact same order Amanda's story was written. It still advertised the Keto and apple cider diet but of the brand Keto Fit. It was slightly edited to fit the woman's true story. Yes, there was Melissa McCarthy (she was a fan too?) again, but no Mark or any other friend, and still advertised KetoFit saying they provided her a free one-month sample to lure others in.

Yeah, this story actually true. Well... Only the true portions of it.
Photo Source: Another Advertisement

Bridie really did the sweetest thing for husband Michael though, but not the way Suzanne's words made it out to be. She really lost weight between the time of her engagement and the time of her wedding. She lost about 132 pounds within that time, but that feat was obviously impossible with a diet at the time she did it, with all respect to Bridie.

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Bridie underwent gastric bypass surgery with encouragement from her friend, and considering Michael was thoroughly surprised on their wedding day; the weight loss happened only within a few days.

Here's another advertisement about Instagram personality, Jessica Wilson, if she even is one.

Next: Amanda Doesn't Exist, Probably

Nope, there is no Amanda Haughman. And the photo taken as the cover is of Rachel Graham.

Here's the complete research into whether or not Amanda Haughman is real and who Graham really is.

And That Friend? Mark of the Photo Does Exist, But He's Not Amanda's Friend & Never Used Garcinia Slim

Since Amanda doesn't (probably) exist, it goes to say that Amanda never had a friend named Mark. However, separately, the Mark that was shown in the photo does exist.

The photo was extracted from a weight loss story of October 2014 from Daily Star, according to which Mark Smithers "dropped from a whopping 24 STONE to a slimline 13 stone after he promised his dying friend he would lose weight." But he did not ever use the products advertised by any of the Amanda Story-users. That's another pretty inspiring story blemished by fake news.

Yeah, that's another Mark.
Photo Source: SWNS

As for the Melissa McCarthy story, there exists no such radio interview as she politely refrains from talking about her drastic weight loss over the years. Even if she has, she's never mentioned any such diet.

"The Naturally Occurring Ingredient, Hydroxycitcric Acid" Is Against Blundered and Potentially Dangerous

When QZ explained why Suzanne couldn't have "sat" down with Amanda was because Amanda had "no lower extremities," we laughed our heads off. The article also goes on to mention the brand's claims range from absurd and dangerous.

First, there is a little type in the word 'Hydroxycitcric' mentioned above. It's Hydroxycitric, without one added "c". Second, not all naturally occurring objects are meant to be consumed, giving the example of Arsenic and Mercury (the metal, not the planet).

The product's real though. 
Photo Source: Amazon

There's a whole study from 1998 about how Garcinia Cambogia, which contains the aforementioned acid, has no significant effects on the weight of an individual. Meanwhile, another 2011 study in the Journal of Obesity showed consuming the supplements will likely have twice as much danger of having bad gastrointestinal side effects despite giving some loss, but not as drastic as any other brand claims it to be.

And all the claims that these brands make about losing weight, are bogus. None mention the benefits of apple cider vinegar, but that's beside the point as none is related to weight loss. The ad is just promoting drinking it, huh.

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Final Verdict

It all boils down to false advertising that's consuming the internet. What started as an Amanda Haughman-Trim Genesis Garcinia story turned into so many branches. It became an Amanda Haughman-HCA Trim story, an Amanda Haughman-Green Vibe Keto story, a Bridie Ritchie-Keto Fit story, a Seana Forbes-Premiere Garcinia Cambogia story, a Jessica Wilson-Electro Keto story, a Sarah Johnson-Keto Prime Diet story (with the same photo as Jessica's) and so many more that we're exhausted by just searching for the names of the diet and alleged people involved.

The good thing is many of these Keto Diet Scams have been analyzed and truths were uncovered there as well. It links the Amanda Haughman story as well as every other mentioned here.

The apple cider vinegar thing was not changed one bit in all those stories, and so many keto diet products just took that story and changed it to their will to attract customers. While some may work on you, there is no telling which one will just eat away your money, or even adversely affect your physical or mental health.

The US Food and Drug Administration often does warn you that these weight loss supplements often contain undisclosed ingredients, including active drugs. Don't go with it blindly. Guess, 'South Park's 19th season was a complete eye-opener, huh?

Stay tuned and connected to IdolPersona for true and inspiring weight loss stories from your favorite celebrities, with links to trusted websites for proof.