Monday, August 30, 2010

HCG Diet is Dangerous

The HCG Diet is all over the web and I am starting to see it in stores now too, but what is it?

  • The HCG Diet is a diet based on extremely low calories, how low? 500 calories!!! Let me start with that; Only 500 calories a day of course you are going to lose weight, the average person will burn over 2,000 calories a day which means by diet alone there is a daily 1,500 calorie deficit which equals 3lb lost per week. The problem is you are starving yourself, and one meal away from flat out fasting. You will slip into "starvation mode" and your metabolism will slow down. Good luck maintaining a 500 calorie a day diet for the rest of your life, because once you go back to "normal" you will indeed gain the weight back too.. In my opinion this is the definition of a crash diet that is impossible to maintain as a lifestyle.
  • HCG is short for human chorionic gonadotropin, it's a hormone produced during pregnancy, and the reason why people thinks this is good for weight loss is because of Dr. A.T.W Simeons HCG Weight Loss Protocol, or the Original 500 Calorie a Day Diet. Apparently this hormone keeps the hunger away but according to numerous studies there is no difference in weight-loss through placebo or HCG and there is no difference in hunger either. Source LA Times
  • HCG is expensive, shots can run hundreds of dollars a month, and since the FDA ruled that is not safe for weight loss you need a prescription for another issue, like what it's really used for, fertility.  
  • Sure you can buy it online from what may be a real source, but without a prescription you are breaking the law, and paying lots of money for nothing that really helps you lose weight.

 I am normally not one to knock another person's diet because there are a lot different plans that work, but this plan is flat out dangerous! I hope by getting the word out, I can stop someone from going down this unsafe path. You need to find a safe plan that works for you and your lifestyle, I have learned that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to find something you can follow the rest of your life.  Otherwise once you go back to "normal" the weight will come back too.

To summarize, stay far away from anything related to HCG for weight-loss, here's why.

  1. Extremely low calories, only 500 a day.
  2. Injecting your body with a non-FDA approved drug for weight-loss
  3. It's expensive
  4. It's illegal without a prescription, which Doctor's are not supposed to prescribe for weight loss.
You do not need to starve yourself to lose weight, nor pump your body full of illegal drugs. 

Please share this with your friends and family, if they are trying to lose weight they will undoubtedly come across HCG. The marketers behind it are very smart and have websites everywhere keeping the real information about the dangers of HCG buried behind hundreds of Pro-HCG websites.


  1. It is scary. I hear about this everywhere I go now. I even heard a woman at Starbucks trying to sell it to the barrista! Luckily, I was in line behind her and I talked the barrista into joining fatsecret instead :) It's sad really that people are so confused about how our own bodies work that we're willing to go to such extreme and unnecessary measures. Thanks for getting the word out that weight loss needn't be drastic, it can be as simple as changing your habits moderately.

  2. Several corrections:

    *It is misleading to say it is illegal to purchase without a prescription. Anyone can legally buy homeopathic HCG for as little as $30 a bottle.
    *The FDA has not said it is unsafe for use in weight loss, they just haven't approved it. Big difference.
    *Individuals can do sublingual or injected HCG - if they don't want shots, they don't have to have them.
    *"Starvation Mode" does not occur with HCG because the hormone causes your body to use stored fat as a dietary caloric supplement.
    *Some people do well, others do not. The diet is not meant for those needing to lose only a few pounds. It is meant for obese persons with considerable deposits of abnormal fat.

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  4. FiveFatCats is correct. BIG difference between not FDA Approved and FDA saying it's not safe for weight loss. If people don't want to make a lifestyle change, not even the HCG will work for them because it's still fundamentally necessary to make lifestyle changes to maintain healthy eating habits. But for those of us that already have tackled the mental aspect as well as the lifestyle changes/habits, HCG is a good scientific helper to get some more weight off. Personally, it allowed me to get some off which in turn, allowed me to be ABLE to exercise more because I have back problems, but with a quick 25lb loss, that was the difference between me walking to my car everyday vs. walking 2 miles on the treadmill. Plus, it's not like it's "new". This has been around for over 50 years and because the health and wellness industry is on a straight up trend right now, that's why it's gaining popularity.

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