The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to avoid HCG weight loss products.
HCG products are typically sold in the form of oral drops, pellets and sprays, and can be found online, at weight loss clinics and in some retail stores.
As a prescription medication, HCG is used mainly to treat fertility issues. HCG is not approved for over-the-counter use, nor has it been proved to work for weight loss.
The FDA has sent warning letters to several companies that market homeopathic hCG products.
There are safer ways to lose weight, and a realistic goal is vital to successful dieting.
Very-low-calorie diet, under 1,000 calories per day, is usually recommended for someone who is obese and has a medical condition such as high blood pressure, but such diet must be carefully supervised by a doctor.
Once the diet is over, you have a body that burns calories more slowly, and you usually regain the weight.
Skipping breakfast seems like a simple way to cut calories, but studies show people who eat breakfast every morning are more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
Not drinking enough water? Water is essential for burning calories. If you let yourself get dehydrated, your metabolism drags, and that means slower weight loss.
Food cravings have little to do with nutrients and plenty to do with the brain chemistry of pleasure and reward. Therefore, keep in mind that overindulging can sabotage your diet.
An hour of exercise typically uses 350 to 500 calories. However, running, swimming or kickboxing may be closer to 600, while an easy stroll burns around 200 calories.
To rid yourself of 10 pounds, you’d need a deficit of 35,000 calories. Remain active and move as much as possible throughout the day to see better results, because sitting or being inactive can actually negate the benefits of exercise as well as impact metabolism and your body’s ability to burn fat.
Sometimes, medical conditions and genetics complicate what might otherwise be a straightforward process. That’s when diet and exercise are not enough.