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What is the HCG Diet?

It is a shot given to people to help them lose weight.  HCG know as Human Chorionic Gonadtropin which is seen in pregnant womens urine.  Along with this hormone you are on a restricted diet of only 500 calories in the beginning.  Plus you can only take so many injections until you have to come off or your will adapt to it.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There is no magic pill for weight loss, not even the HCG diet. In this video, Dr. Oz and Dr. Pieter Cohen talk about the HCG diet and why it is so controversial.



The HCG diet has been marketed since the 1950's. This diet, utilizing HCG drops and injections, has been touted as a "cutting edge" method to lose weight. The HCG is used in combination with a 500 to 800 daily calorie intake. Controlled studies have shown that if a client loses weight using this diet plan, the weight loss comes from the calorie restriction and not the HCG. Since 1975, the FDA has required all HCG marketing materials to state that "HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from calorie restriction".

The proposed calorie restriction of 500 to 800 calories a day is not safe, and will not support healthy brain and bodily functions. The only healthy and safe method to acheive long term weight loss is a medically sound exercise and eating plan. Less calories in, more calories out. There is no secret "magic bullet".

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