Lose Weight Fast
You read the headlines “LOSE WEIGHT FAST” with the HCG Diet! Does it really work? Can you lose 30lbs in a month on HCG? According to Dr. Oz and Pieter Cohen, M.D. with the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School yes, you can lose weight on the HCG diet, but not due to HCG, but due to the reduction of calorie intake the diet requires which can put your health and life at risk. The HCG diet includes the use of the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) the body makes during pregnancy and a low calorie diet that limits you to 500 calories per day for 8 weeks while taking HCG by injection, oral drops, pellets or sprays. HCG products purchased in the store are not FDA approved. The shots; however, are legal, as long as a physician gives them to you. The FDA has not approved HCG injections for weight loss it’s only approved to treat fertility issues. According to Dr. Pieter Cohen over the counter drops have no active ingredients in them and companies that sell HCG drops are using the “power of suggestion” to sell product.
The diet of 500 calories a day is why people lose weight
Just watch the participants on the TV show Survivor. They lost weight from lack of food i.e. lack of calories. Registered dietitians recommend of least 1,200 calories a day in order for your body to receive enough minerals and vitamins it needs to be healthy. 500 calories a day is not enough to meet your nutritional needs. Many people that followed the diet lost weight but at a cost i.e. hair loss, malabsorption, lack of protein and more.
Other HCG questions to ask
- Does HCG pose a cancer risk?
- What role does placebo play in the HCG diet?
Learn why experts are concerned. Click here to read an article on HCG fact vs. fiction by Pieter Cohen, M.D. There are many avenues now for people needing to lose weight from diet and exercise to obesity surgery. For people with a BMI of 40 or more (approximately 100lb’s overweight) obesity surgery could be one of your options.
Over 200,000 obesity surgeries were performed last year alone, a 50% increase from last year. Obesity surgery includes a variety of surgical procedures such as a lap band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and the duodenal switch procedure, that combines malabsorptive and restrictive weight loss surgery. Your bariatric surgeon can help you find the right procedure for you.
Whatever your weight loss concern is know that there are options for you. Do your research and find the best option for you!
Update: The FDA is warning consumers that over the counter HCG products marketed as weight loss aids are unproven and illegal. Harmful effects from these products should be reported online to the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm and to your health care professional.