The HCG diet has been a hot topic lately, with even Dr. OZ chiming in on the debate. For a while there was contingent of folks who claimed that the HCG diet could cause more harm than good, and then some of those people changed there mind and said it was ok, and now the FDA has weighed in (no pun intended!) and officially said that the HCG diet is NOT safe! I think this refers mostly to the diet that involves taking actual injections of HCG, but either way if the FDA says it's not a good idea to try this diet, then I'd have to say that I agree with them! Really the best way to lose weight is to forget about these crazy diets, and start focusing and getting some exercise and making changes to your eating habits that you can actually sustain long term! That seems like a much better option that risking your life or long term health with some crazy crash diet like HCG, or any of the other fly by night that come across your television scree or on the internet. No matter what you decide to do, you should always check with your doctor first, and just stick to what feels best for you! Best of luck!