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Is anyone familiar with the HCG diet?

By January 29, 2011 - 8:36am
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CLand - The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers that these diets are fraudulent.

From USA Today:

There is no evidence the oral over-the-counter products are effective for weight loss, says Elizabeth Miller, FDA's leader for the Internet and health fraud team. While they may not be dangerous, they're at least "economic fraud," she says.

Because the products do not seem to be "a serious direct health hazard or a serious indirect health hazard," they have been a lower priority for FDA action than other products. Still, Miller says, "they could be subject to enforcement at any time."

Full article at: http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/fitness/weight-loss-challenge/2011-01-24-hcgdiet24_ST_N.htm

January 30, 2011 - 1:18pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

People that I personally know have had dramatic weight loss on drops ordered off the internet... I have asked three different doctors about it and all they can tell me is "they don't know what the long term effect is. I know it works because I've seen it, but I'm so afraid of using them!
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January 30, 2011 - 9:09pm
(reply to CLand)

Can you tell us what other weight loss methods you have tried? When you talk with your doctors, are they helpful in providing other resources?

I have read the same information as Pat provided: most of the clinical research did not show sustained weight loss (once drops or injections were stopped); that is great that you do know of some personal success stories. The vast majority of users did not show similar and sustainable weight loss results. A few women have complained of side effects, including heavy bleeding. Since this is not an approved FDA produce (with or without potential side effects) it would not be a recommended weight loss method.

However, the FDA has not approved this weight loss method, and it may be banned. Personally, I would stay away from anything that can be potentially banned and not approved by the FDA!

How much weight are you trying to lose?

January 30, 2011 - 9:17pm

Yes, I have researched this topic for another member, and the research and studies found this diet was highly unsuccessful at helping women lose weight.

There are other effective methods for women to lose weight that does not involve potentially harmful hormone injections-- what weight loss methods have you tried?

January 30, 2011 - 8:07am
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