The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning for consumers to stay away from HCG diet products.
Although the HCG diet has been gaining popularity, there is a lack of evidence that it helps promote weight loss or fat redistribution. The diet involves severely restricting daily calories and receiving injections of a pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).
According to the statement issued by the FDA, HCG weight-loss products are marketed over-the-counter and are identified as "homeopathic." However, the FDA has only approved prescription HCG for female infertility and other medical conditions. HCG is not FDA-approved for weight loss. The FDA noted that any weight loss achieved while taking these products is likely due to severe calorie restriction and that HCG cannot be legally sold as a homeopathic medication.
The FDA advised any consumers in possession of HCG products to dispose of them immediately and to stop following the restrictive dietary guidelines associated with the diet. For more information about the HCG diet, please visit Natural Standard's Health & Wellness database.
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