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Diet Supplements Make False and Illegal Claims, Says New Report

Ryan | October 12th, 2012

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According to a new government report, numerous weight loss pills and diet supplements are fraudulently labeled and illegally marketed, making claims about effectiveness that are not scientifically or medically based. The supplement industry, which includes immune system supplements, generates an estimated $20 billion annually.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general reveals that 20% of the 127 weight loss and immune-enhancing supplements that were available online or on retail store shelves made false claims, including that they could be used as treatments for diabetes, cancer and AIDS.

The report did not specifically mention HCG weight loss supplements in the report, though none of the over-the-counter products studied were mentioned by name or brand. The FDA has already issued a public warning communiqué about the dangers of HCG diet side effects, calling the HCG weight loss program “hazardous.”

Avoid Fad Diets with Physician-Supervised Weight Loss

People looking for the best ways to lose weight are advised by doctors and nutritionists that the most sustainable way to shed pounds and keep them off is through a program of healthy, proportionate diet and regular exercise. The physicians at The Center For Medical Weight Loss have helped thousands author their own stories of weight loss success by customizing a unique diet and exercise program for each individual to suit their medical history, lifestyle, and weight loss goals.

According to Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder of The Center For Medical Weight Loss, “It is true that people on HCG diet programs do lose weight, but what the ads don’t say is that along with HCG injections, drops, pills, pellets and sprays, people follow a very restrictive and nutritionally unsound 500-calorie-a-day diet plan. No wonder they lose weight! But it’s not because of the HCG, it’s because of the extremely low calorie intake.”

Consumers not warned of HCG diet side effects, or dangers of other supplements

The government report advocates for the FDA to increase its oversight of over-the-counter health and weight loss products. Though companies are required to submit evidence of their claims, the report found that some supplement makers submitted advertisements, press releases, links to Wikipedia, or even handwritten college term papers as “scientific” verification of their supplements’ effectiveness.

“Consumers rely on a supplement’s claims to determine whether the product will provide a desired effect, such as weight loss or immune support,” the report said. “Supplements that make disease claims could mislead consumers into using them as replacements for prescription drugs or other treatments for medical conditions, with potentially dangerous results.”

Alternative to HCG weight loss products

According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, the average patient at The Center For Medical Weight Loss loses 11.1% of total body weight in 12 weeks, which comes to approximately 28 pounds for people who start the program weighing at 250 pounds.

To see if there is a Center near you, enter your zip code in the box above. Special offers are available at select locations for first-time visitors.