It seems that so many people lately have been asking me about this so-called "HCG-diet" and whether it's safe or healthy to do. The answer is a big fat NO!
One of my trusted colleagues and Nutritionist, Coach Josh, just wrote up an article on this same topic so I wanted to share it with you, so you don't go down the wrong road and think it's safe to try HCG.
Take it away Coach Josh...
3 Reasons You Should NOT Try the HCG-Diet
by Coach Josh, founder of BellyFatFree
READERS QUESTION <<<
Hi Coach Josh! One of my coworkers recently dropped 20-lbs in four weeks. I asked her for the secret to her success, and she mentioned something called the HCG-Diet that is suppose to reduce cravings. She looks better and I want quick results like that! Is this something you advocate? How does it work?—Mary P., Kansas City, MO
JOSH’S RESPONSE <<<
Thanks for writing in Mary. Don’t be jealous of your coworkers’ fat loss. If she keeps following this diet soon she will be suffering from an irregular heartbeat, hair-loss, and she will very likely regain the weight within one year. In today’s article I’m going to EXPOSE the HCG-Diet. You can then decide for yourself whether or not you want to follow in the path of your coworker.
What Is The HCG Diet?
This diet was fairly popular in the 1950’s until it became clear that there was insufficient evidence to support using HCG for fatloss. As with most fad diets, the HCG Diet has resurfaced and makes some pretty outlandish claims. Many of the products declare that the diet will “reset your metabolism”, change “abnormal eating patterns” and result with a “loss of 1-2 pounds per day.”
HCG is a hormone produced in women by the placenta during pregnancy. HCG is sold as a prescription drug approved by the Food & Drug Administration for various medical conditions including the treatment of female infertility (but not weight-loss). The diet requires a daily injection of this hormone along with a scary obligation to eat a very low calorie diet of ONLY 500 CALORIES A DAY!
Why Do People Lose So Fast?
In short, people are actually losing twenty pounds and more per month because they are starving themselves! If you stop eating, you will likely drop weight quickly no matter what you are injecting into your body.
It’s insane really... it will cost you hundreds of dollars a month and the real secret to this diet is... starvation. You don’t have to pay for that... you can starve yourself free of charge. =) (Which I don’t recommend.)
The HCG label actually states, there “is no substantial evidence that it increases weight-loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or ‘normal’ distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”
Is It Safe?
No matter your size, that level of calorie restriction is severe and does not lack consequences. These include, but are not limited to, gallstone formation, irregular heartbeat, vitamin & mineral deficiency and electrolyte imbalance. This means that the HCG diet is not only unhealthy, it’s hazardous.
Keep in mind that following this diet will give you an increased risk of headaches, blood clots, restlessness and depression. In addition, the HCG can give you pregnancy-like symptoms, such as water retention, breast tenderness and swelling. And finally, HCG can also cause a condition called OHSS, or ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, which is potentially life-threatening.
In addition to the calorie restriction being unsafe, the HCG hormone is actually illegal for over the counter sale for any reason. In fact, it’s not approved for weight-loss even as a prescription. The FDA is warning any consumer currently using HCG for fat-loss to stop taking it and to stop following the dieting instructions immediately. I recommend this too!
My suggestion? Stick to what we know works—eating natural, wholesome foods, healthy supplements and exercise—and don’t be fooled, misled or tempted by fad starvation diets. Sustainable, healthy fat loss takes a permanent change of your habits and lifestyle.
So what about those pesky cravings that the HCG diet was suppose to end?
It’s no secret that excess hunger and cravings are the #1 reported problem of all my readers. And let’s face it, no diet is ever going to help you lose body flab if you can’t first control your cravings. Luckily there is a real scientific solution to your cravings and you can learn about it at my site here:
Foods that KILL cravings (for a flat stomach)
To your health,
Thanks Josh! I completely agree...I think it's ridiculous that so many people keep falling for dangerous fad diets like this instead of just truly adopting a healthy lifestyle, daily exercise, and the right healthy eating plan for life.
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