The Controversial Trick for Blasting Away Up to a Pound of Flab a Day
April 13, 2011
More than 50 years after a doctor at a Roman clinic began promoting hCG as a dieting aid, it is as popular as ever, even though there is scant evidence that it makes any difference. The regimen combines daily injections with a near-starvation diet, and patients, mostly women, are often enticed by promises that they can lose about a pound a day without feeling hungry.
In response to inquiries stirred up by the diet's popularity, the FDA warned in January that "homeopathic" forms of hCG, like lozenges and sprays, sold over the Internet and in some health food stores, are fraudulent and illegal if they claim weight-loss powers.
Doctors who prescribe hCG for dieting say that experience is in their favor, even if the research is not.