People all across the country are exploring the so-called “power” of the HCG diet. You may have a close friend or family member raving about their weight loss results due to their use of HCG. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of the health complications that accompany this disproven approach. It is critical you know the research behind this approach before taking it on. This approach may help you temporarily lose weight and appear like a quick/easy fix, but it will likely permanently harm your health and quality of life.
What is the “HCG Diet”?
HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy and helps to maintain a normal pregnancy. As a drug, it is as a fertility agent to help women conceive and maintain a pregnancy.
In 1954, a physician used HCG injections along with severe calorie and fat-restricted diet (500 calories per day) and found that people lost weight. He claimed that the hormone helped with hunger, redistributed fat, improved libido, and induced a feeling of well-being.
People are drawn to the HCG diet for the fast results. Most fail to look into the dangerous effects of the HCG diet and only see these short-term results.
Dr. Abby’s Concerns About HCG
Dr. Abby has experienced had many questions from patients and colleagues recently regarding the HCG Diet. You may have friends or family members who have tried this program and you may have seen dramatic results. These results, however, are short-lived, and not a result of HCG.
A multitude of studies have found no evidence that the hormone does any of those claimed effects. In fact, studies show that the dietary restriction with HCG compared to the dietary restriction with a placebo showed no difference in weight loss or fat distribution. The hormone also comes with risks.
Risks of the HCG Diet
- edema – swelling in body tissues
- mood changes
- breast enlargement in men
- blood clots
“I am so concerned when I hear about doctors who peddle this dangerous treatment for the patients who are induced to try it. The evidence is clear. These programs are not effective and they are not safe.” -Dr. Abby