If you think you’ve heard it all before, you just might be surprised by the recent buzz in the news about a new diet plan that involves urine injections… Â That’s right, urine!
First reports of a woman named Sheryl Paloni’s weight loss on an unorthodoxed diet surfaced at The Boston Channel and the story was later picked up by the respected, Globe and Mail among other news outlets. Â Apparently, Ms. Paloni lost a whopping 43 lbs and 30 inches since June of this year.
How did she do it? Â This ‘new’ diet fad involves daily injections of urine from pregnant women alone with a radical 500 calorie per day diet.
â€œI thought, â€˜My goodness, you could lose a pound a day just taking a shot? Iâ€™m going to find out about this,â€™â€ Sheryl Paloni told The Boston Channel.
At the Boston Channel, Iris McCarthy of Success Weight Loss System attributed the diet’s success due to the “human coriogonic gotrophin.” Â Don’t worry if you’re scratching your head trying to figure out what “human coriogonic gotrophin” is because it appears that someone doesn’t know how to spell, human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG).
What Is the hCG Diet?
Though there’s been some recent buzz surrounding this proposed weight loss agent, its use has been popular since before 1990. Â Even back then, people were using intramuscular injections of HCG despite the lack of evidence for its effectiveness [1-3]. Â The HCG diet itself has apparently been around for over 60 years, but has experienced a resurgence in popularity following the release of one of Kevin Trudeau’s books, (“The Weight Loss Cure They don’t Want You to Know About.”)
Does the hCG Diet Work?
In the same original story, Dr. Barry Ramos, a cardiologist offered his opinion:
“The HCG doesn’t have anything to do with the weight loss… Â The fact is if you go on a 500 calorie-a-day diet, you lose weight. The bottom line is, it’s potentially dangerous because you don’t know what you’re injecting in your body. The best way to lose weight is diet and exercise.”
How much are people willing to pay for a diet method that’s potentially unsafe as well as ineffective? [1-3] Â HCG products are available online and this particular program apparently costs between $300 – $565 US for the 6 week program.
More traditional uses for human chorionic gonadotrophin include treating certain fertility disorders in premenopausal women as well as certain testicular development problems. In short, the HCG Diet is just an old fad that’s resurfaced and is not a new phenomenon.