The Food & Drug Administration has claimed a number of over-the-counter weight-loss products which contain a certain ingredient are both fraudulent and illegal.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), the element in question, is present in all these products. However, the labels also say users must take these supplements in addition to eating a very low-calorie diet to see results. Because eating low-calorie meals is already crucial to losing weight, the FDA asserts the weight-loss products don't have any additional benefit, MedPage Today reports.
"There is no substantial evidence HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from the recommended caloric restriction," said Elizabeth Miller, acting director of the FDA's fraud unit for OTC products.
The labels claim that taking the pills while eating a diet that doesn't exceed 500 calories a day could help users lose 26 pounds in 26 days.
If the companies do not agree to stop the sale of their products, the FDA will take the required legal action to halt production. The government organization typically gives manufacturers 15 days before taking any steps to enforce regulations.