A dangerous diet: The hcg diet

The HCG diet brings into the spotlight the hCG hormone. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced during pregnancy that is made by the developing placenta after conception, and later by the placental component syncytiotrophoblast.HCG diet

British endocrinologist Albert T. W. Simeons proposed HCG as a supplement to an ultra-low-calorie weight-loss diet (less than 500 calories). The role of the hCG is, on normal conditions, to protect the developing fetus by promoting mobilization and consumption of excessive adipose deposits. Observing this phenomenon, Simeons opinioned that hCG might also “re-set” the hypothalamus and force the body to burn the abnormal deposits of fat outside pregnancy, too. In his book, Pounds and Inches, he recommended low-dose daily hCG injections (125 IU) in combination with a customized ultra-low-calorie (500 cal/day, high-protein, low-carbohydrate/fat) diet to un-trap the excessive abnormal fat.

Simeons claimed that the result of this diet is the accelerated loss of adipose tissue without loss of lean tissue.During treatment, even if dieters have a 500 daily calorie intake only, they shouldn’t feel hungry because their body is living off the calories from the trapped fat. It is only advisable to participate in this stage of the diet for 21 to 40 days.  On a 40 days diet, people can lose up to 40 pounds.

During the hCG diet, people following it can take the hCG supplement as drops or injections. The diet should be followed only under medical supervision. The patients have to be carefully screened and monitored from the beginning of the diet until the moment when the transition to eating normal foods has come to an end. The hCG diet does not teach healthy eating, so once the diet is finished, people should pay a lot of attention to their eating habits, to make sure that the lost weight does not return.

The proponents of the hCG diet promise that this diet will not only help patients to lose weight, but it will also reduce the number of markers of disease. These include metabolic syndrome markers, elevated blood pressure, high blood glucose levels, high C-reactive protein and total cholesterol levels. It is said that some patients may even find they no longer need some of their medications.

Hcg diet dangers:

  • The hormone was not approved for weight loss, but for fertility treatments. Its full risk profile is unknown. There were cases of pulmonary embolism after using hCG. In December 2011, FDA and FTC started to pull unapproved hCG products from the market.
  • The hormone is known to cause headaches, blood clots, leg cramps, temporary hair thinning, constipation, and breast tenderness.
  • From medical point of view, HCG was not proven weight loss effective. The connection between the hCG intake and weight loss was not scientifically proven.
  •  After the diet, a lot of dieters put back the lost pounds and added additional weight.
  • During the hCG diet, the body is tricked to starvation, without feeling any major hunger.
  • Due to the hCG supplement and the required medical supervision, the hCG diet is very expensive.





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