Recently I was attending a meeting and heard from 2 different people that they were using the “amazing HCG diet”. HCG is human chorionic gonadotropin. ” Take these drops or injections (depends of the plan) and stick to a 500 calorie diet each day and you will lose about a pound a day” one person said. Well in my experience if you are on a 500 calorie diet, you will lose weight! No surprise there.
But the people insisted that this was “the way” to get back into shape. No hunger pains, no exercise, no real work or worry. I would worry about taking something that the FDA has not looked favorably upon. I would worry about cutting my food intake so much that I was burning more that fat in order to “lose weight”. If things are too easy, most times there is something wrong with the process. But these 2 people were sticking to the plan.
In January 2011 and an updated statement in December 2011, the FDA issued statements saying that homeopathic HCG products are illegal. “The FDA is warning consumers that over the counter HCG products marketed as weight loss aids are unproven and illegal. Many HCG products are marketed to be taken in connection with a very low calorie diet — it’s the decrease in calories that accounts for any weight loss. There are currently no FDA-approved HCG products designed to help you lose weight. FDA and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly issued warning letters to companies illegally marketing over-the-counter HCG products labeled for weight loss.”
Letters have been sent to 7 different companies according to the FDA statement. “FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by FDA, and that make unsupported claims.”
These companies are:
Nutri Fusion Systems, Inc
Natural Medical Supply, LLC DBA HCG Complete Diet
HCG Platinum, LLC
HCG Diet Direct, LLC
For more information on the HCG diets and their negative side effects, visit the FDA website.
According to the FDA site, “Living on 500 calories a day is not only unhealthy—it’s hazardous, according to FDA experts. Consumers on such restrictive diets are at increased risk for side effects that include gallstone formation, an imbalance of the electrolytes that keep the body’s muscles and nerves functioning properly, and an irregular heartbeat.
Shirley Blakely, a nutritionist at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, echoes concerns about such restrictive diets. They can be dangerous, she says, and potentially fatal.”
Of course I am partial to the clinically proven, natural weight management system from Shaklee call Cinch Inch Loss Plan. Loose inches, keep the muscle mass you need and loose the fat you don’t need. Muscle mass = metabolism. The main thing is to lose the weight safely, slowly and in a manner that breaks the “YoYo” diet cycle! Stay well.