Don’t let your waistline waste your money: BBB warns consumers against using HCG Diet Plan Canada for weight loss

  
     
March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014 – CALGARY, ALBERTA - With summer only a few, short months away, consumers are looking for fast fixes to drop those pesky pounds in time for bikini season. After receiving several complaints against HCG Diet Plan Canada, Better Business Bureau is urging consumers to do their research before committing to a weightless plan that could leave them losing more than they bargained for.

After receiving numerous non-delivery complaints from consumers who had ordered and paid for weight loss products from the HCG Diet Plan Canada website, BBB decided to launch an investigation. It was found that the business is located in High River, Alberta and that the business has failed to respond to the majority of complaints. Consumers have reported difficulties in contacting the business regarding their orders and some consumers have asked the business for a refund but have not received one. 

HCG Diet Plan Canada has faced controversy in the past for its unorthodox dieting methods. Consumers are instructed to ingest, or in some cases be injected with, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) which is a naturally occurring hormone in the human body known as pregnancy hormone. HCG ingestion combined with a severely restricted daily caloric intake of as little as 500 calories, as well as the allowance to consume fatty and sugary foods with no exercise may seem like a quick fix to shed unwanted weight.

President and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and Eat Kootenay, Sandra Crozier-McKee, says sometimes the old-fashioned way is the best way when it comes to getting that bikini body. “Convenient weight loss plans may be appealing for those looking for fast results with minimal effort required,” she says. “But it is crucial to not only make safe health decisions but safe financial decisions as well. As always, we encourage consumers to check with BBB before making a financial commitment, especially if the deal seems too good to be true.”

BBB provides these tips for choosing the right health plan for your needs:

  • Avoid products that claim to help you lose weight without diet or exercise. Losing weight takes work. Pass up any product that promises miraculous results without any effort.
  • Research the business. Find out where the business is located and confirm the contact information in case you have questions or concerns throughout your weight loss journey. Be sure to inquire about payment methods, contracts and shipping processes before making a financial commitment. 
  • Know your fitness goals. If you’re going to invest your time and money in a fitness plan, find a program you can stick with, and preferably one that you enjoy. Restrictive caloric intakes may leave you feeling deprived and possibly lessen your chances of success.
  • Consider your budget. Does a weight loss plan require you to buy special foods or supplements? Can you cancel if you move or find that the program doesn’t meet your needs?
  • Consult your healthcare practitioner. As with any fitness, dietary or weight loss plan, ensure it is safe and realistic. Have your doctor monitor progress to ensure you aren’t endangering your health.

For more consumer tips, visit bbb.org.


 

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Leah Brownridge
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