Go on a simple diet for 30 days and lose one or two pounds each day. Sounds like a dream for anyone who has struggled with a lifestyle change like weight loss … right?
The latest in controversial weight loss solutions, the HCG diet includes taking a dosage of the HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) hormone each day — either orally or by injection — and coupling it with a diet of 500 calories or less. Most HCG diet plans suggest that dieters eat only a few ounces of meat and vegetables, as well as one serving of bread, each day. The hormone itself is supposed to quell hunger and prevent the body from going into “starvation-mode.”
The HCG hormone, which is naturally produced by pregnant women, is already used to treat fertility issues in women and endocrine disorders in pre-pubescent boys. Doctors and nutritionists remain split on whether the HCG diet is effective in the long-term and if it’s even medically safe to begin with (HCG is not FDA approved for weight loss). Those who promote the diet tout weight loss effectiveness as the bottom line. However, those speaking out against it point out that anyone only consuming 500 calories a day would lose weight — as well as losing out on necessary nutrients.
“It’s reckless, irresponsible, and completely irrational,” Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, told U.S. News and World Report about the HCG diet. “Can you lose weight on it? Of course, but that’s mainly because you’re hardly consuming any calories. And
I was totally fine on 500 calories and HCG spray — even during CHRISTMAS! I did the diet during the holiday season on purpose! You don’t miss anything and your head is resetting what your body needs vs. wants. I lost 27 pounds in 41 days and have kept it off for four months and counting.