FDA warns consumers to avoid HCG weight-loss products

Posted 30 July 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to avoid human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) weight-loss products. These products are typically sold in the form of oral drops, pellets and sprays, and can be found online, at weight loss clinics and in some retail stores. Claims that HCG can “reset your metabolism” and change abnormal eating patterns are unsubstantiated. HCG is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. The FDA has approved HCG as a prescription drug for the treatment of female infertility and for other medical conditions, but not for weight loss and not for use without a prescription for any purpose. Marketing of HCG for weight loss is typically accompanied by the recommendation to limit calorie intake to 500 per day, which is dangerous.

Avoid dangerous HCG products. FDA consumer update, July 13, 2020

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HCG for weight loss – Not!

Posted 07 December 2011

Federal regulators order companies to stop selling homeopathic weight loss remedies

By Associated Press, Published: December 6

From the Washington Post 

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are ordering several companies to stop selling an unproven weight loss remedy that uses protein from the human placenta.

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HCG weight-loss products are fraudulent

HCG weight-loss products are fraudulent, FDA says

By Nanci Hellmich,

A popular type of weight-loss products, heavily promoted on the Internet, is fraudulent and illegal, Food and Drug Administration officials say.

HCG weight-loss products that promise dramatic results and claim to be homeopathic are sold as drops, pellets and sprays on the Web, in drugstores and at General Nutrition Centers. They are supposed to be used in combination with a very low-calorie diet of 500 calories a day.

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