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Tuesday
Jun282011

Is this HCG diet for real? You're supposed to stick to a 500 calorie/day diet and the HCG is supposed to stop your body from going into starvation mode and storing the fat. Really...? Is it safe?

If it sounds too good to be true, it is. The average, normal weight person needs 1800-2200 calories a day. Anything less than 1200 calories a day runs the risk of not providing the body with an adequate amount of nutrition from the three macronutrient sources which are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Of course if you eat only 500 calories a day you will lose weight, lots of weight. Unfortunately, it will come from lean lean muscle tissue and that tissue is not just from your limbs it is also from your organs like the heart, liver and kidneys. HCG is human chorionic gondatropin which is a hormone made by pregnant women. Hormones are very powerful body regulators and when they are out of balance they can cause major body disruptions. Unqualified people, which would be most of us, should not mess around with hormones. This diet isn’t approved by the FDA and doesn’t come cheap. A month of syringes with the hormone can run over a thousand dollars and the suppliers are also not regulated so you may pay a lot for just sugar water.

The best evidence against the use of HCG is the product itself. Since 1975, the FDA has required that HCG producers and distributors must have a disclaimer on their products. The disclaimer reads: “HCG has not been demonstrated to be an effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”Why pay for something that openly claims it cannot do what it claims to do?