Putting the Squeeze on Bogus Weight Loss Products
Looking for a product to help you lose weight? Ask some questions before you plunk down any money. For example: “Will I really lose a pound a day if I squirt a few drops of homeopathic hCG weight loss drops under my tongue before I eat?” No, you won’t, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlement with HCG Diet Direct, LLC, a company that marketed and sold the drops. The drops were advertised on a company website and popular social media sites and touted in testimonials made by the owner’s relatives. They generated sales of more than $3 million despite the fact that hCG has never been scientifically proven to work for weight loss.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to lose weight and keep it off, stay away from any product that claims it will help you lose weight without changing your habits. It just isn’t true. Consider your habits and health concerns: what makes sense for you? You may want to team up with your health care provider to design a nutrition and exercise program that works for your lifestyle and metabolism, or check out these sources for healthy eating tips: Nutrition.gov, ChooseMyPlate.gov, and the Weight-control Information Network.
Please report fraudulent weight loss claims to the FTC.