HCG Platinum Drops Weight Loss Supplement a Fraud Says the FTC
Have you considered trying the HCG Diet for losing weight? You might want to reconsider this after a recent news report about one HCG-related weight loss supplement that marketers were fined for by the FTC for using fraudulent sales tactics that were deceptive and not supported by scientific evidence as claimed.
Since the 1950s, the HCG diet has been promoted for weight loss through a combination of a restrictive low-calorie diet and the natural hormone HCG. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone made by the placenta in women during pregnancy that helps support the normal growth and development of a fetus.
On The Dr. Oz Show, the HCG diet has been reviewed a few times with no clear answer on whether or not this type of dieting actually works. At best it appears to work for some dieters, but definitely not for all or the majority of dieters who try HCG. Here are Five Truths about the HCG Diet that were pointed out in a past article.
Advocates of the HCG diet claim that the miracle behind using HCG during dieting is that it helps retain lean muscle while fat is being lost, rather than wind up losing both fat and muscle at the same time as often happens during dieting—especially during a very low calorie diet (VLCD) where protein intake is significantly limited.
Opponents of the HCG diet, however, point out that even without HCG, a VLCD would result in weight loss by itself and that HCG could cause harm to a woman’s body such as unusual hemorrhaging.
The most promising HCG-related dieting method involves getting HCG by injection rather than through oral supplements. According to a past Dr. Oz special guest―Sheri Emma, MD―taking HCG injections makes dieting favor loss of fat over loss of muscle.
“It’s the diet that drives the weight loss, it’s HCG injections that affect how you lose the weight,” says Dr. Emma as she elaborates by telling Dr. Oz that a standard low calorie diet will cause weight loss, but at the same time muscle is lost as well. But with the HCG injections in conjunction with the very low calorie diet, she states that her research has shown that the muscle mass is retained, which she states is important toward maintaining the weight loss rather than regaining it later on.
“It [HCG] changes your body composition in favor of muscle over fat. It’s more of a selective fat loss and that’s what helps you keep the weight off,” says Dr. Emma.
Unfortunately, not every dieter is able to afford continuous HCG injections during dieting and therefore have to rely on getting their HCG through more-affordable oral supplements that are widely available through the internet and claiming to be as effective as getting HCG injections.
As it turns out, the FTC recently reported that some marketers pitching HCG for weight loss were found to be fraudulently making claims about the HCG Platinum Drops weight loss supplement that did not stand up under their investigative scrutiny.
Among the fraudulent claims promoting its weight loss abilities, consumers were told that just by placing the product under the tongue before a low calorie meal would result in rapid and substantial weight loss―even as much as 50 pounds, as claimed in testimonials. In fact, in some of their HCG products labeled as “homeopathic,” it turned out that the level of HCG was diluted so low that it was virtually undetectable. In other words, many customers buying their product through the internet, GNC, Rite Aid, and Walgreens were paying monthly between $60 and $85 for a 30-day supply of nothing!
Following a lawsuit, the marketers of HCG Platinum Drops agreed to pay a $1 million settlement to the FTC. A $10 million judgment may fall on the defendants if it is later discovered they falsified their finances during the investigation. In addition, according to a FTC news release, marketer Kevin Wright and his Utah-based companies, HCG Platinum, LLC and Right Way Nutrition, LLC, are banned from making similar weight-loss claims in the future.
“Fad weight-loss products like HCG drops come and go, but consumers shouldn’t be fooled by their empty promises,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The foundation of successful weight loss is to eat a healthy diet and to increase physical activity.”
For another weight loss aid that was deemed fraudulent by the FTC this year, here is an informative article about how marketers sold caffeine-infused weight loss underwear to consumers.
Reference: FTC news release: “Federal Trade Commission Continues Crackdown on Fad Weight-Loss Products”