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Popular HCG Diet That “Tricks” Body to Lose Weight May Carry Health Risks
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

    In the ever growing catalog of radical diet fads, the New York Times recently reported on one that seems especially extreme.  More and more women are paying top dollar for a fertility hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG.  The trendy new “diet” requires regular self-administered HCG injections and a restricted calorie intake.  The science behind the diet is flimsy and by no means universally accepted and the FDA will not stand behind any of its purported weight loss benefits.  However, a recent write-up in Marie Claire says many woman are seeing positive results.
    Like many unapproved and scientifically dubious weight loss “potions,” HCG may also carry some serious health risks.  The New York Times reports that the FDA recently received a report of a patient on the diet who suffered a pulmonary embolism.  A spokesman for the agency says the hormone carries a risk for blood clots.  The FDA recently put out an article warning against fraudulent weight-loss supplements.
    HCG is produced in the body naturally when a woman becomes pregnant.  Supporters say when it’s used synthetically for weight loss, the hormone essentially tricks your body into thinking it’s pregnant and triggers rapid fat burning for energy to nourish the fetus (which doesn’t actually exist). 
    If the idea of tricking your own body – or regularly injecting yourself – makes you a little uneasy, you’re not alone.  Although HCG has been used medically for decades to treat infertility, many doctors warn that much is still unknown about possible adverse effects.  The University of Maryland Medical Center put out a study in 2010 indicating HCG may lead to thyrotoxicosis, a dangerous condition caused by elevated thyroid levels in the blood. 
    Others say the hormone diet simply doesn’t work.  They say any weight loss resulting from the HCG diet is the result of a tightly restricted 500 calorie/day diet and has nothing to do with the hormone’s presence in the body. 


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3 Responses to “Popular HCG Diet That “Tricks” Body to Lose Weight May Carry Health Risks”

  1. This mad rush to obtain Phentermine for weight loss is stupid and dangerous, but people will believe what they see and hear in the media advertisements. Proponents of Phentermine tell us that if we use this drug in moderation and over the short term, we can achieve the goal of weight loss, with minimal side effects. But what does “moderation” and “short term” really mean? There is no such thing as a dosage that is both safe and effective because of the nature of this drug and who thinks of losing weight as a “short term goal?” Nobody wants to go back to being obese. Furthermore, aside from the dependence and addiction, with each dose of Phentermine, the consumer spends about six hours in the same physiological state as one would be in facing certain death. Accordingly, there are serious psychological and physiological consequences to subjecting oneself to this huge amount of stress. First the initial desired effects like increasing activity and vitality, reducing tiredness, raising mood, improving concentration, suppressing appetite and reducing the need for sleep become excessive. Thus the person becomes sleep-deprived, undernourished, dehydrated, incoherent and ends up babbling incessantly. The physiological effects include, narrowing of the blood vessels resulting in poor circulation of the hands and feet, hypertension, stroke, cold sweats, seizures, gastric reflux, constipation, nausea and vomiting, heart attack, loss of bone density, and kidney failure. Finally, the onset of the mental and physical destruction is insidious because of the initial euphoric response and rapid weight loss. As long as there are physicians who are willing to prescribe this poison and a company that campaigns for widespread use the medical malpractice and product liability lawyers should be very busy. Perhaps the contingency legal system is the only way to stem this nefarious “red tide”.

  2. HCG Diet says:

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  3. SULIZ says:

    I have taken the HCG diet and I have to say the results are fantastic. Like with any diet program there are risks. If you take the time to thoroughly read up on the science, the HCG simply helps curb the hunger. It is true that the restriceted hign protein low calorie diet is what forces your body to burn the stored fat but the HCG, increases the pace of that process giving you results faster. Most people don’t understand that the HCG diest is actually a lifestyle change and ultimately teaches you to eat healthier and with a better understanding of portion size. You only take the hormone for about 3 weeks with a maximum of 6 weeks. Then your on maintainence for 6 weeks, which then continues to reiterate the lifestyle change in order to stabilize your metabolism and keep the weight off. This may be a “trendy” diet, but there are so many poeple who are happily repeating a second and sometimes even third round!

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