Weight Loss Clinics Offering HCG Diet Under Scrutiny

Weight loss clinics in Texas are now forbidden from marketing the HCG Diet, following action by the state Attorney General’s Office.

The HCG Diet, a weight loss program that requires participants to receive injections of the prescription hormone chorionic gonadatropin (HCG) while eating a scant 500 calories a day, may be on the way out in the Lone Star state. That’s because the Texas Attorney General’s Office has negotiated an agreement that limits the way weight loss clinics and distributors can market the program.

The FDA has never approved HCG as a weight loss drug, although variations of the HCG Diet have been around for nearly six decades. According to the Texas AG’s Office, Professional Health Products Southwest has advertised and sold a homeopathic version of HCG as a weight loss product, which was marketed by several clinics throughout the state. Under the terms of the agreement, the distributor and the clinics all must stop advertising HCG for weight loss.

“Physicians and weight-loss clinics may not advertise HCG for weight loss, in part because the FDA has stated there is no substantial evidence indicating that HCG leads to weight loss, beyond that which stems from severe dieting,” the AG’s Office said in a press release last Thursday, adding that there are also no FDA-approved homeopathic or over-the-counter HCG products.

HCG is a prescription hormone normally used to treat fertility issues caused by testicular and ovarian abnormalities. Proponents of the diet claim that the injections reduce hunger pangs while helping the body store fat for fuel, although no formal studies support these claims.

Biohealth of Texas, Weight Control of Texas, Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery, Dragon’s Breath Massage and Optimum Health Care all previously offered HCG for weight loss and are included under the agreement.

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