Monday, February 7, 2011

More Weight Loss Scams

An article in USA Today on 1/24/11 by Nanci Hellmich reports that the FDA declared HCG weight loss products fraudulent and illegal. According to the agency, there is no evidence that oral over-the-counter HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) products are effective for weight loss.  It should be noted that HCG's are approved as a prescription treatment for infertility and other conditions.  Read the full article online.

So my take on this like most other weight loss products is that they are very useful when it comes to one thing - losing money!  I hate to think how much time (as well as money) people wasted on these kinds of things expecting to dump pounds easily, then becoming disappointed when the results never materialized. 

Interestingly enough, in this case the article indicates that the HCG products are supposed to be used in conjunction with a very low calorie diet of 500 calories per day.  HELLO... if you are only bringing in 500 calories per day, there is an excellent chance you are going to lose weight from the virtue of burning more than you consume, not because of any other product combination.  So why spend money on a supplemental "drug" when you are already doing the hard part without it?

I rest my case - focus on the basics of weight loss - diet and exercise - as icky as that may sound.  And remember, I never advocate fad diets or painful workouts! Whatever you choose you must be able to sustain for the rest of your life, because the day you stop is the day the weight starts coming back.

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