There are many ways to lose weight. Some may go for healthy ways by having regular exercises and healthy balanced diet, while some may opt for fad diets or diet aids in order to see fast result. One of the popular diet products which has been announced as illegal and banned by Food and Drug Administration or FDA is the Homeopathic HCG DietProducts. FDA has advised public to stay away from these dangerous products which can be purchased over-the-counter or online. Warning letters have also been issued to illegal HCG dietproducts sellers who make unproven claims.

What is HCG?

HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a hormone which is produced by human placenta during pregnancy, and can be found in the urine of a pregnant woman. FDA has approved HCG drug to be prescribed for the treatment of infertility among female as well as other medical conditions. However, this product has never been approved as a weight loss aid.

HCG was first marketed as weightloss product in 1950s. The popularity for these products has decreased after 20 years i.e. in 1970s, when people found out that there was no evidence proving its effectiveness in promoting weight loss. After a few decades, illegal HCG products marketers have made this diet becoming popular again.