HCG Injections for Weight Loss a Bad Idea, say Experts


Human chorionic gonadotropin has become a popular topic in the dieting community, thanks to aggressive Internet marketing, which has targeted overweight men and women who are desperate to drop unwanted fat. If you’ve been considering HCG injections for weight loss, learn what some reputable experts are saying.

FTC Warns Against HCG Injections

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers against using human chorionic gonadotropin as a weight-loss supplement. According to the federal agency, the hormone has only been approved for very specific medical uses and won’t help dieters drop unwanted fat. Additionally, the FTC warns that using human chorionic gonadotropin could potentially lead to health problems. Recently, I participated in an interview detailing HCG diet dangers and side-effects, which explains why the FTC is unable to successfully regulate companies who market the hormone as a diet drug. I encourage you to read this piece before considering this type of weight-loss strategy.

Oprah Winfrey’s Doctor Speaks Out

Many experts have warned dieters against using drugs or supplements that target hormones; however, recently, one notable doctor gained attention by publicizing his concerns on Oprah Winfrey’s website. In a Q&A piece, David L. Katz, MD told fans of the show that he is firmly against the use of HCG injections for weight loss.

According to Katz, no study has demonstrated that the hormone has any effect on fat loss. What’s more, he warns that, because human chorionic gonadotropin stimulates the ovaries, it has the potential to cause hormonal imbalances in females, which could lead to the development of ovarian cysts.

What Dieters Should Know

Unfortunately, because the FTC’s power and budget is limited, it doesn’t have the ability to stop companies from promoting HCG injections for weight loss. Instead, it has engaged in a campaign to educate consumers about the potential risks associated with the hormone. If you are thinking about purchasing HCG drops or injections, review the following video from the FTC to get a better understanding of the risks associated with drugs that affect the body’s hormones.

By Paul A. Achoa (37 Posts)

Paul A. Achoa is KingofHowTo.com's Editor and Health and Fitness expert.

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