I received an e-mail from a fellow diet blogger about a website who has stolen our before & after pictures claiming that we used their program to lose our weight. This is a scam. We did not use HCG (human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) and never will. I lost my weight using a low carbohydrate diet. There were no magic pills that allowed me to miraculously lose weight.
I have not yet contacted this website. I'd prefer first to get input from my readers as to the best course of action. It's not just about removing my picture. I am more concerned with shutting down a fraudulent company who is preying on those of us who are looking desperately to lose weight. I am sure that there are many laws being broken beyond just violating my photo rights.
Besides all the issues mentioned in this article, I am really frustrated to hear about so many people going on the HCG Diet because they take the "research" the people that sell this stuff post on their website as facts.
In 2009, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians issued a position statement which stated:"Numerous clinical trials have shown HCG to be ineffectual in producing weight loss"
If someone achieves any permanent weight loss by using it, I would say it is probably a case of their being at a point when they are emotionally and physically ready to drop the weight, and the HCG is just a mental tool they use to help themselves do it.
However, the extremely low calorie limit is what concerns me the most about the HCG diet. Nearly all medical experts agree that it is not safe to eat only 500 calories a day for an extended length of time. It can cause all sorts of health problems. Please do not risk your health on their theory about the HCG only causing your body to burn fat and not muscle!
I've noticed LOTS of people that sell HCG products are filling up the diet-related health forums with "success story" posts about how great it is and how much weight they supposedly lost, along with a link to a website where you can order it. I would be very skeptical about dealing with any of those companies.