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Is the physician supervised HGH diet safe and effective? Would you please list the pros and cons. 

HGH injections are used to treat adults and children who have growth hormone deficiency, for people who are undergoing organ transplants, and for AIDS-related muscle wasting. Healthy adults, including people that want to lose weight, who take HGH put themselves at risk for joint and muscle pain, swelling in the arms and legs, carpel tunnel syndrome, and insulin resistance. In the elderly, these symptoms are more profound. The FDA has not approved HGH for weight loss for a variety of reasons, including the cost which is easily as much as $1,000 per month, potential aggravation of insulin resistance and other side effects, and lack of long-term safety studies. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has stated that it is not recommended that obese patients use HGH.
Using HGH for weight loss, body building, or anti-aging is experimental and controversial. HGH injections are believed to decrease fat storage and increase muscle growth to some extent, but studies have not shown this to be a safe or effective weight loss remedy. Until more research can demonstrate the long-term safety and effectiveness of using HGH for weight loss, it's wise to avoid it.
Unfortunately, there are no magic pills or methods when it comes to losing weight. Using pills or injections won't teach you how to change your behaviors or lifestyle. It provides a crutch. What happens when you stop using the pills or injections?  Healthy weight loss means taking in fewer calories than you burn in physical activity and increasing that physical activity. It requires a change in lifestyle and behavior.


I've read that eating dinner too late can cause you to gain weight. Is there any truth to this and what is the best time to eat dinner for proper nutrition?

The body doesn’t know if you are eating during the Today Show or if you are eating during the Tonight Show. What matters is how many calories you are consuming in relation to how many you are expending. My husband and I are fitness instructors and have early evening classes a couple of times a week. This means we eat dinner at 8:00 or 8:30 p.m. on some nights. After our workouts we need to eat! If you have eaten a substantial dinner at 5 or 6 in the evening and then find yourself having a big bowl of ice-cream or another meal while watching the 10’oclock news, you may be eating out of emotion rather than for nutrition. If the time of day was that important to eating and weight gain, then only people who ate after a certain time of day would have weight problems.


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?