This post is part of an ongoing series of question explanations for the LSAT. In this post, I explain LSAT PrepTest 52, Section 3, Question 2. If you are looking for a copy of PrepTest 52, check out my post on where to find LSAT PrepTests. If you already have a copy, keep it on hand as you read the explanation.

### Question Type: Identify the Conclusion

Identify the conclusion questions require us to 1) analyse the argument’s reasoning structure, 2) identify the argument’s conclusion, and 3) choose the answer that most clearly expresses the same content as the conclusion.

### Analyzing the Argument’s Reasoning Structure

The argument begins by introducing a new set of products that use “fake fat.” We are told here what “fake fat” is and why consumers are excited about it. Specifically, we learn that “fake fat” is designed to taste like real fat and have the same consistency of real fat without having the “harmful effects” of real fat.

The next statement in the argument is a claim. We are told that the consumers who expect these “fake fat” products to help them lose weight will likely be disappointed. Why will be they be disappointed? Presumably because the “fake fat” won’t help them lose weight. Notice how tricky this statement is. This appears to be a claim about consumers. But it’s not! This is a claim about the “fake fat” products. The dietitian is claiming that the “fake fat” products will likely not help consumers lose weight.

Our final statement is a reason to believe that the “fake fat” products will likely not help consumers lose weight; it’s support for the previous sentence. If people are taking in the same number of calories with “fake fat” as they are without “fake fat,” then the “fake fat” is probably not helping people lose weight!

### Identifying the Argument’s Conclusion

In this case, the conclusion is the middle sentence, which claims that consumers who expect these “fake fat” products to help them lose weight will likely be disappointed. This statement is supported by the final sentence in the argument. However, the middle sentence does not support any other statements in the argument. Thus, because this statement receives support but does not provide any support, it is the argument’s conclusion.