Product No Case: HCG Supplements

January 16-22 is Health Weight Week. I love their 3-fold mission:
1. Celebrate diet-free habits
2. Prevent eating & weight problems
3. Work towards being accepting, happy, and healthy at our natural weights

On the Healthy Weight Week website, they name their 2010 “Slim Chance Award Winners” for the worst weight products of the year. These horrible weight products has inspired this month’s “Product No Case” post.  And here it is folks: HCG Supplements. Let’s agree together to never support a product that offers empty promises, a 500 calorie a day diet, and horrific side effects. 

HCG Supplements

In a resurge in popularity of HCG injections among some practitioners and spas, this 1950s weight loss method has spawned excitement in the supplement field, as well. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone produced during pregnancy, is claimed to reset the hypothalamus, improve metabolism and mobilize fat stores. However, there is no scientific evidence supporting HCG treatment as a weight or fat loss strategy. In its herbal versions, HCG drops are placed under the tongue (5 drops times 6 times a day or 10 drops, 3 times). Advertisers claim, “You easily can lose 1-2 pounds per day safely! Shed Excess Fat … HCG resets your hypothalamus so that your weight loss is permanent!” “HCG will melt fat permanently while maintaining muscle tone.” HCG does all this, it is claimed, without exercise. The caveat: the program requires a semi-starvation diet of 500 calories a day, with attendant severe risks to long-term health and almost guaranteed weight rebound. Further, the HCG program often begins with a liquid fast detox period. Common short-term effects include fatigue, headache, mood swings, depression, confusion, dizziness and stomach pain.



  1. Most of the younger moms that I know are doing this diet and it works for them, but the side effects aren’t worth it. Plus, from what I’ve researched, this diet is for women well outside the child bearing years. No Thank You indeed!

  2. Jessica, you make a great point! With these extreme products and diets, it’s not a question (generally) of whether or not they “work.” Often enough, you do lose weight! It’s a question of whether or not is safe and sustainable for the long-term. If the answer is no, why bother? Yo-yoing weight isn’t fun or healthy physically, mentally, or emotionally. In fact, research shows that doing these types of extreme dieting is one of the best predictors of future weight gain. Not the desired effect. 🙂

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