Saturday, January 14, 2012

Foiled by the FDA

FDA Bans Homeopathic HCG Diet Products

The Food and Drug Administration took a stand against Homeopathic HCG (H- HCG) diet products. See their press announcement here. HCG Diet protocols differ slightly according to the company marketing each individual product. However, the common program involves taking H- HCG while following a very low calorie diet of 500 calories per day.

The FDA categorized HCG as a drug and stated HCG was not approved as a treatment for weight loss. They said the products and diet plans were likely dangerous. The FTC partnered with the FDA in the ban, citing the prevalence of deceptive advertising in the weight-loss market.

I lost 30 lbs on the H- HCG Diet. I was rarely hungry, had increased energy and experienced no adverse side effects. I’m disappointed it won’t be available any longer. I considered buying a few more bottles of HCG drops and continuing the diet while my supply lasted, but that seemed stupid in light of the FDA’s warnings. I have to change to a different diet sooner or later and I might as well get a head start on the next one. So, I’m foiled by the FDA. And I'm back to the drawing board. Low-carb, anyone?


Kellie said...

It figures. Doctors even endorsed this diet. :(

I was going to buy some HCG drops the other day but decided to wait a bit. Now, I might go out and get a few bottles.


liz said...

Maybe some studies will get done to show the effect of HCG on weight loss. Either way I doubt they'll ever approve the OTC version. Stop back by the blog and let me know what you decide to do!
Thanks for stopping by this time,