hCG Diet: Is it Really Safe?

Despite concrete evidence of long term effectiveness or even a true grasp on how it works weight loss centers around the US are attributing short term weight loss success to the hCG Diet.

“I don’t try to explain much about how electricity works behind a wall. I know the switch works,” one center founder said “What it does for a woman when she’s going to have a baby, it makes it possible to build a baby without harming the mother. So if it can do that, I can’t imagine why it can’t help me lose weight.”

That is sound reasoning if I’ve ever heard it.

hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy. In the 1950’s a Dr. by the name of Albert Simeons began administering the hormone to young boys who “weren’t going through puberty fast enough.” According to Simeons, the boys were transformed from pudgy shaped pears into very masculine young adults. Based on that research the modern day hCG diet has hit the market running.

Celebrities such as Britney Spears and members from the Jersey Shore have all tried the diet, which allows you a maximum of 500 total calories per day, with success, but the question still remains. Is the hCG diet too good to be true?It doesn’t take a degree in nutritional science to figure out that consuming less than 1/3 of the calories that the average human needs on a daily basis will result in a loss of weight. According to Dietician Micah Wing,

“You miss out on several vitamins, minerals, several pieces of nutrition that are important and key in helping to maintain daily function. You’ve slowed down your metabolism, you’ve lost your lean muscle mass and now in place of it, you’ve added fat mass for storage because your body thinks it needs to store up for the next starvation mode.”

In spite of the inherent risks associated with it, the diet is receiving praise because of its ability to promote rapid weight loss in a short period of time.

[via News10]