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HCG is a Villain In The Scary World of Weight Loss Products

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Women and men who have pursued elusive weight loss regimens by injesting potions, pills and protein-powdered drinks—more than likely have tried HCG. HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a hormone, not unlike estrogen or testosterone, but HCG is a hormone secreted by the placenta of pregnant women. Knowing what this hormone is—if the mere thought is not daunting enough—should seriously give people who want to use HCG pause. .

HCG, like the hormone estrogen, can lead to blood clots in certain people. Blood clots can prevent oxygen from getting to the brain and can cause stroke. In the worst case, strokes kill; in the best case, strokes let a person know that life is fragile and that possibly one may need to live differently with a greater emphasis on taking better care of their health. Some people maybe prone to strokes without adding fad-diet hormones, like HCG, to their diet regimen; but why increase the odds?

The use of HCG in diets has been around since the 1950s when British endocrinologist A.T.W. Simeons found that providing obese patients small doses of HCG regularly helped them lose fat. The procedure only worked, however, when accompanied by a “near-starvation” diet. Apparently, HCG also only works if a person stays on an extremely low calorie diet, such as consuming 500 calories/day, which is not healthful in the long term. [Query as to why 500 calories a day by itself does not cause enough weight loss?] Other commonly known facts about HCG:

· The FDA does not approve of HCG for weight loss and advises consumers to steer clear of the “homeopathic” HCG weight-loss products sold in the form of oral drops, pellets or sprays!

· HCG may cause hyper-stimulation of the ovaries in women, which can lead to ectopic pregnancy, ruptured fallopian tubes and death.

· HCG injections can increase the risk of blood clots, stroke and certain types of cancer.

· While HCG is approved for fertility treatments, it may also cause birth defects.

We look for more news about HCG as recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by FDA, and that make unsupported claims. You will find FDA’s list of manufacturers, distributors and products—and more information about FDA’s concerns about HCG at www.fda.gov/hcgdiet

Pieter Cohen, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard University Medical School, commented on the use of HCG in a weight-loss diet regimen, "It's reckless, irresponsible, and completely irrational," "And any benefit [from using HCG] is not going to last." No matter one’s girth, why would anyone want to risk their life on a diet program that would ruin their health for some fleeting results that are not sustainable?

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  1. Sabrina Hill says:
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    Why would anyone want to use HCG as an effective weight loss aid? Because it works. I have been on the HCG diet for almost 4 months and lost 52 pounds. I started it on the recommendation of women who had been on it for longer and had even greater success.

    Yes, the diet is effective because of the severe calorie reduction. Anyone could loose weight on 500 calories per day; however it is so difficult to stay on such a sever diet that failure is almost guaranteed. Except with HCG. These drops keep hunger at bay and the way you loose the fat is different than other diets.

    I have been on every diet available from Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig to Atkins, the Cabbage Diet, The Zone, I have even had the lap band. And the weight loss on these programs was minimal and fleeting. ANd no, I was not just cheating and sitting around–I exercise regualrly and eat a very healthy low calorie diet. My issue always felt like a metabolism problem, but no doctor could pinpoint anything specific. So after years of struggling with weight control, dealing with diabetes and high blood pressure and shopping in the fat-lady stores, I tried this program. I have lost 52 pounds in 3.5 months. I am taking 1/4 the insulin I was taking, I have reduced my blood pressure meds (all under a doctor’s supervision). I have no intention of staying on this diet forever, just until the weight is under control and the health issues are in check. But I will tell ou that I feel better eating like this than on any other diet I have been on. I LOVE the program, and I am heart-sick that this product might be taken off the market because the of FDA. Maybe they should focus on cigarettes…

  2. Sarah says:
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    I know of two people (previous yo-yo dieters) who did this over a year ago and have kept it off. I kept waiting for it to come back, and it still hasn’t, so I gave it a go myself and am SO glad that I did. After 3 weeks of this, I feel much better than I have all of last year and am dropping weight. I used to crave alcohol every evening, but I don’t even want to touch it now. I feel zen about food, and in control. I thought I would have to skip my morning cardio, but with an extra 3 pieces of turkey bacon before, I can still exercise and maintain my cardiovascular health. I am now beginning to drop from being overweight to normal where my previous “normal” diet and exercise routine was just keeping my weight at the same overweight mark. Say what you will, but it works. Leave it to the FDA to ban stuff that is actually effective.

  3. J. Norman says:
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    My husband and I have each lost over 40 pounds and have kept it off, even after returning to regular eating patterns for over one month now. I am off blood pressure and ulcer medication and sleep aides. No ill side effects. There are many more health issues associated with being obese than with this natural product. It is not a wonder why the bariatric surgeons are backing the FDA on this matter…Fat people are big business. It is sad that this product is not embraced as a solution to childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, heart disease….