BBB says stay away from HCG!
Looking to lose a little weight? Be careful what you wish for... and what supplements you buy.Photo: Video by IdahoOnYourSide.com
Still thinking you should lose a few pounds before summer is over? Here's a weight-loss method to avoid: the Better Business Bureau is working to get ahead of what might be the next weight loss fad: vibrational HCG. BBB's Dale Dixon joined GMI to talk about why the fad is a waste of money, and downright dangerous.
He explains that fads and diet aids often promise rapid weight loss, but also often recommend potentially dangerous practices. These include HCG weight-loss products marketed over-the-counter (OTC) that are identified as "homeopathic" and direct users to follow a severely restrictive diet (a daily caloric intake of just 500 calories!).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to steer clear of these "homeopathic" human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) weight-loss products. They are sold in the form of oral drops, pellets and sprays and can be found online and in some retail stores. The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have even issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by FDA, and that make unsupported claims.
So, the latest fad to pop up is now "vibrational" HCG, which Dixon says is just as ineffective and dangerous. The company – Goin Home dba ThinSlim – professes to have a new, FDA-approved product called vibrational HCG, which is energetically charged HGC transferred into a stable substance –glycerine.
Independent research papers and articles have identified radionics – the energetically charging of products – as being based in mysticism and superstition, with no scientific basis behind its theories, according to an American Cancer Society report.. The BBB's concern is that they're starting to see the name show up in multi-level marketing schemes right here in the Treasure Valley. They don’t want to see people get caught up in something that is basically hocus-pocus with some mysticism thrown in.
In general, the BBB offers these tips when considering a weight loss supplement of any kind:
- Do your research. It is important to know the risks of diet supplements since many are untested and unreliable. Most are composed of caffeine, appetite suppressant, fat blockers and more. Even “natural” supplements are made up of unhealthy ingredients.
- Know the side effects. Diet supplements are full of ingredients that cause adverse effects such as nausea, increased blood pressure, stroke, seizures, headache, insomnia, and much more.=
- How realistic are those results? Shed those extra pounds, have increased energy, feel fuller faster – are these guaranteed results? Most diet supplements are marketed with extreme dieting and exercise regimes that are not only unhealthy but also dangerous.
- Don’t forget the fine print. Many manufacturers of diet supplements don’t offer moneyback guarantees. Can you return any unused product? Will you be charged monthly for auto-shipping? Be sure to read all disclaimers and know what you’re signing up for before you buy any products.
The Better Business Bureau has a number of resources to help you protect your identity and money. To find out more, visit their website.