HCG Diet....

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    Sep 16, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    HCG diet.... has anyone done this with the drops, not the injections.. I have a friend who has been doing this for the last 30 days and she has lost 18lbs so far. I was considering doing this to drop some weight and help change my eating habits. Has anyone heard of it?

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    Sep 16, 2011 1:18 PM GMT
    This is my take on the hCG diet after reading about at medical sites and not at sites promoting hCG for monetary gain..

    On the program, the dieters may consume less than 500 calories a day. Anyone that consuming less than 500 calories a day would lose enormous amounts of weight without the need for supplementing with hCG. There are reports of individuals losing 30lbs in one month. A 1200 calorie is the minimal caloric intake recommended by many nutritionists and medical professionals when dieting.
    Caloric intake less than this would result in nutritional deficiencies and adversely effect ones health. Although I find it hard to believe, the average reported caloric intake at the Auschwitz death camp was around 1500 calories a day.icon_eek.gif

    What is hCG? HCG is the hormone found in pregnancy. Advocates of the diet believe it suppresses appetite. This doesn't make much sense to me. Pregnancy can result in a ravenous appetite for many women resulting in profound weight gain.

    The following was quoted from this article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/hcg-diet-controversy_n_826837.html...The idea of using hCG injections to curb appetite was introduced over 50 years ago and has been carefully studied in over a dozen well-done trials. Every single well-done trial showed that the hCG injections were no better than injecting a salt-water placebo. In other words, people injected with hCG lost the same amount of weight as people injected with a salt-water placebo.

    hCG is by prescription only and buying over the counter is probably illegal, but I'm not a lawyer. You need to check this out..

    HCG is a protein, so I don't believe taking it by mouth would work. All proteins are digested by the GI tract into their individual amino acids. That's the reason why protein hormones like insulin and growth hormone needed to be injected to avoid digestion by the GI tract.

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    Sep 16, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    My friend went on this diet and I did an exaustive search only to find their is no credible documentation that HCG alone can cause weight loss.

    The weight loss comes from eating 500 calories a day, which if maintained for a significant period is very unhealthy.

    To me this is the essence of yo-yo dieting. Going from eating whatever the hell you want to 500 calories will just make the swing back to eating whatever the hell you want all that worse.
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    Sep 16, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    500 calories a day doesn't sound healthy, though I can't honestly say I've researched the issue specifically.
    It also seems unnecessary and maybe not that useful if you're trying to change eating habits... I don't think those are habits you're trying to learn for the long term.

    (by the way, 8-10lbs of whatever anyone first loses on a typical diet is almost always water and crap (literally, emptying out of the intestines). I can't imagine that *I* would be very effective functioning on 500 cal's day.

    If you're just trying to fast lose some weight (which isn't what you said, but is the example you gave), try something like 1200 calories, >50% protein (regular whey is helpful) and regular exercise... Just a suggestion.