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Does hCG Really Work For Weight Loss?
*Update: Please read what the FDA says about HCG. Click here.
For a diet to be effective it doesn’t always have to be common or traditional. The only problem is, when a diet recommends that you do something like inject a hormone found in the urine of pregnant women into your body (HCG) you may want to reconsider.
With the amount of people in this country (and others) who are overweight, it’s no surprise that the weight loss industry is a 30 billion dollar a year industry. And what fuels this industry are quick and easy solutions to a problem that really requires a re-adjustment of day-by-day activities (diet and exercise). The main problem is that people are short on time and want quick solutions to problems. They don’t want to have to wait months and months to see results. And I understand that. I suffer from the same “need to have instant gratification” that everyone else suffers from. But with weight loss it’s different. This is your HEALTH we’re talking about here.
How Does hCG Work For Weight Loss?
So, does hCG really work? Well, the theory behind hCG is that it works to suppress you cravings and then forces your body to use more fat for fuel. The diet requires that you eat only 500 calories per day of foods that are all-natural, organic, and unprocessed. In addition to the foods you’re supposed to take an injection of hCG or drops under your tounge (some of the hCG liquids that you find on the market may not contain ANY hCG). You’re supposed to follow this plan for a month and a half (45 days) and at the end of the diet supposedly your metabolism will be fixed and you will have lost several pounds a day.
How Does hCG Diet Work According To Nutritionists And Diet Experts
Most, if not all, nutritionists and diet experts say that this diet works only in that you’ll lose weight because it’s a starvation diet, not because of the hCG. If you only eat 500 calories a day you’re going to lose weight regardless of whether or not you take the drops or injections.
There is no scientific evidence that can support that hCG helps with weight loss. Two studies, one in 1995 by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and another in 2009 by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians came to the conclusion that hCG should not be used for weight loss.
Most experts agree that it’s not going to help you lose weight and that the overall protocols of the diet are very extreme and almost impossible to stick to. Think about it, do you think you could only eat 500 calories a day for 45 days? I know I couldn’t.
Also, the FDA has not classified hCG as a weight loss drug and does not oversee websites that sell it. So if you buy it you are open to receiving products that not be free of contaminants.
The Potential Side-Effects and Health Risks
There are many problems associated with this diet not least of which is malnourishment. It’s all but impossible to get all the nutrients you need to be healthy with only 500 calories per day. You need fiber, good fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. With this diet, more than likely, you won’t get the supply of vitamins and minerals you need to function properly.
The minimum number of calories you need to function properly and not enter “starvation mode” is 1,200 calories per day if you’re a woman and 1,500 calories a day if you’re a man.
Bottom line: This diet may not be all it’s cracked up to be.