Dieting trends come and go. One year, the Atkins Diet is all the rage, while the next year itâ€™s all about the South Beach Diet. This year, the diet of choice is the hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) diet. Instead of portion control, eating healthy foods and exercising, the hCG diet is about messing with hormone levels and drastically cutting calorie intake.
hCG Diet Risks
hCG is a hormone produced by women during pregnancy. When on this diet, a person needs to inject themselves frequently with hCG and eat little to no food. hCG is used for dieting purposes due to the belief that it reduces hunger and will help the body get rid of fat in specific areas like the arms, thighs and stomach. Many people â€“ women in particular â€“ are very interested in this diet, which supposedly can help you lose up to one pound a day without having to suffer through pangs of hunger. Women across the country are flocking to doctorsâ€™ offices and shelling out thousands of dollars to get started on this diet.
Side Effects of the hCG Diet
Sounds good, doesnâ€™t it – losing all the weight you want in the right places with a minimum of effort. However, the Food and Drug Administration has something to say about this diet fad. Using hCG to lose weight is not a new idea â€“ itâ€™s been around at least since the mid 1970â€™s. Although prescribing hCG for weight loss is legal, the FDA has reissued recently released the same warning they gave everyone in the past â€“ there is no evidence that the use of hCG promotes weight loss either in general or in specific parts of the body, or reduces hunger.
In fact, preliminary evidence suggests that hCG can cause gallstones , headaches, breast tenderness or enlargement, hair loss, headaches and depression. Many doctors and dietitians also express unease about the fact that the hCG diet strongly resembles anorexia and does not promote healthy long-term eating habits.
With little evidence in its favor, why has the hCG diet become so popular though? Some doctors suggest that is has to do with the fact that itâ€™s only available by prescription. Because of that, hCG seems quite reputable â€“ you have to make an appointment and talk to a real doctor, not some quack, to get it. People tell themselves that if hCG didnâ€™t work, then it wouldnâ€™t be available, and certainly not promoted by respectable doctors who supposedly know what theyâ€™re talking about.
hCG Fad Diet
For those looking to lose weight, keep in mind that easy comes, easy goes. If you donâ€™t make healthy changes to your lifestyle in the areas of diet and exercise, the weight you lose will all come right back when you stop a diet like the hCG diet. Losing twenty pounds in a month may do the trick for that wedding you want to attend, but in the long run it wonâ€™t help and may even harm you.
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