FitLinks: HCG Diet is a SCAM?


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In December, I came across news items and articles ranging from the FDA warning companies to stop marketing HCG products to exercise labels showing promise as an effective deterrent of sugary drink consumption. For more, check out the articles below:

1) HCG Diet Products Illegal, FDA Warns Seven Companies

The HCG Diet, which requires eating only 500 calories per day and injections of HCG hormone to help speed up metabolism and improve hormonal balance has spread like wildfire in the last couple of years. The success of HCG may come to a screeching halt as the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to seven companies that market HCG, calling for these companies to stop selling and marketing these unapproved drugs. First, HCG is unapproved as a drug and second, only trace amounts are typically found in these products.

2) Blood Sugar Lowered By Brief, High-Intensity Workouts In Diabetics

I’ve written numerous articles about the benefits of short, high intensity workouts to aid in fat loss and improve cardiovascular health. Research is now showing brief, high intensity workouts can help lower blood pressure in Diabetics.

3) Our Attitude to Food and Fitness ‘is Fixed at Ten Years old’?

A study out of Newcastly University found that a person’s attitude towards food and exercise is largely set by the tender age of ten. The results revealed that the diet and exercise habits we pick up in childhood stay with us throughout life.

4) Nestlé Expands U.S. Nutrition Programs To Combat Obesity

“Nestlé has introduced and expanded new Nutrition, Health and Wellness (NHW) initiatives, announced several partnerships with leading industry organizations, and launched multiple campaigns to increase nutrition awareness and help combat epidemic rates of obesity.” While I’m sure most of the folks who work at Nestle are good, hard working people, I find it difficult to take wellness initiatives seriously from a company that is certainly not helping the obesity epidemic. What do you think?

5) ACE’s 2012 Fitness Trends

Each year the American Council on Exercise (ACE) creates their Fitness Trends report. In 2012, 9 fitness trends are listed. The first three are (1) Obesity Awareness, (2) Whole Life Training, and (3) Behavior Modification. For the rest, follow the link above.

6) Exercise labels, not calorie information, are more likely to deter sales of high sugar fizzy drinks

Showing the high calorie content of sugary drinks to teenagers makes little difference in dissuading them from consuming these drinks. Showing how much physical exercise would be needed to burn off those calories on the other hand does make a big difference. Should this concept of showing exercise labels on food products be expanded? The ethical challenge is that it may be considered misleading.

7) Most Parents Not Told By Doctors Their Child Is Overweight, USA

“Only 29.1% of parents in America whose children are overweight say their doctor mentioned this problem to them, the rest do not recall ever being asked about their child’s bodyweight by a physician or any health care professional, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine reported in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine…”. Should Doctor’s be incentivized to say something? Parents may get defensive if a doctor says a child’s weight is a problem, so it’s a tough situation.

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