A friend of mine that lives in Grand Rapids, MI just sent me her Groupon post of the day. The Groupon offer was a $199 for the HCG Diet Program. This program only allows you to consume up to 500 calories a day and requires that you inject yourself for 40 days. Sound like fun?
With all the New Year Resolutions starting it is not surprising that gimmicks like this get posted! It is just scary that consumers may see this “deal” and believe “uhhhhh….must be a good idea.” HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone, that is actually produced during pregnancy. It happens to be the hormone that is detected in urine after conception.
For weight loss, it is said to help speed up your metabolism and reduce your fat cells. However, there is no good scientific research supporting this claim! The Groupon even has this disclaimer at the bottom, “The FDA states that ‘HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or ‘normal’ distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.'”
Of course you would lose weight on this program! You are starving your body by consuming only 500 calories a day, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Even so, many consumers purchased this product. A total of 31 people bought this Groupon. It is uncertain how many HCG Diet Programs were bought, because the “deal” gave a choice between mesotherapy treatments too.
Whether it is 5 or 31 consumers that purchased this Groupon, it still sparks many questions in my head:
1) Does no one try eating healthy and exercising anymore? IT WORKS!
2) Are people only searching for that magic pill or in this case magic shot that works? THERE IS NO SAFE QUICK FIX!
3) Do consumers just avoid reading the fine print to ease their conscience? SADLY, IT MAY LEAD TO A HARD LESSON LEARNED.
Eating healthy and exercising is NOT a gimmick…it just works. Good things in life take time and that is why there are no healthy fast fixes. So, before you spend money on unsafe and unproven products on Groupon or anywhere else try putting some effort into your health first!
Have you seen any crazy weight loss ads lately?