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The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About

Get a lean, sexy body in 30 days! And keep the weight off forever!

Sound like something you might hear on an infomercial? It should. Kevin Trudeau featured his book, The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don’t Want You to Know About, on infomercials.

In March 2014, a federal judge in Chicago sentenced Trudeau to 10 years in prison for criminal contempt after Trudeau broke a previous court order to stop making misleading infomercials. Trudeau plans to appeal the decision, his lawyer told CNN.

The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About cuts calories so drastically that you get only 500 calories a day -- far below the 1,600 to 2,400 calories adults normally need. (The exact number of calories you need depends on your age, gender, and how active you are.) Very-low-calorie diets -- those defined as less than 800 calories per day -- are for use only in limited circumstances. They should be used only when supervised by a trained weight loss specialist in a setting where the person can be monitored. The rapid weight loss caused by such drastic restrictions in calories can result in health complications.

The plan also involves taking supplements, detoxing, and injecting yourself daily with hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone produced during pregnancy by cells of the placenta.

No form of hCG has been approved for weight loss, and hCG diet products are illegal. The FDA and Federal Trade Commission have cracked down on marketers selling over-the-counter hCG products that make claims promoting weight loss.

Diet plans that include hCG typically also involve very-low-calorie diets. The drastic cut in calories, not the hCG, explains the weight loss, the FDA says. False claims for these diets are that they can result in 1-2 pounds of weight lost daily, can reduce hunger, and can help maintain muscle tone. Studies have shown that following a very-low-calorie diet does result in short-term weight loss; yet the addition of hCG does not provide any additional benefit.

Very-low-calorie diets are dangerous, because you're not getting enough calories to fuel your body and because you're not getting enough vitamins and minerals. To lose weight safely with dieting, experts recommend cutting back your calories by 500 calories a day, which results in about a pound a week of weight loss.

If you've been using an hCG product for weight loss, "stop using it, throw it out, and stop following the dieting instructions," the FDA advises.

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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on May 14, 2014

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