Recently, someone commented on my blog suggesting that I share the HCG diet with my readers. Not being a diet person myself, I decided to do some research before I responded, to know what the diet actually entailed. Off I went to enlighten myself, and I was absolutely shocked by what I discovered.So here it is, my readers, my take on the hCG diet.
What it is: The hCG Diet is a radical weight loss phenomenon that promises weight losses of 1-3 lbs per day. hCG, short for Human Chorionic Gonadotropina, is a hormone that is produced in the placenta of pregnant women, which is responsible for controlling hypothalamus metabolism for the duration of a fetus’s growth. (hCG in another form can be used for fertility treatments as well).
To go on the hCG diet, an individual is subjected to daily injections of hCG. (Yes, needles for weight loss. Setting off alarm bells yet?) And while receiving these injections, the individual is required to eat only 500 calories a day.
That is typed correctly: 500 calories a day. For the majority of people, one meal consumed can be over 500 calories! How could this be propagated as healthy? (I should also make note that the hCG diet is also NOT FDA approved, and many pro-hCG sites encourage readers to import the product.) I am not a doctor, but there is nothing about this that seems remotely appealing, healthy, or even safe.
Bottom line: Just the idea of this scares the hell out of me. Injecting yourself with hormones and eating only 500 calories a day is NOT a healthy way to lose weight, or get healthy. Its just not. In fact, as I have stated in my post, ‘Calories are not the Enemy’ , the body actually requires a rough average of ~10 calories/lb of bodyweight, just to keep their organs from functioning properly, and avoid organ failure.
Furthermore, losing 1-3 lbs a day is not a healthy way to change your body. Radical weight loss can cause your body to crash metabolically (if you were to cease the injections, weight would be regained at a very quick rate), and weaken bodily systems. This is not a health plan that comes with exercise (In fact, heavy exercise is discouraged!) Nothing is being strengthened, or fortified.
Maybe there is something that I’ve missed, but I am NEVER going to recommend a process that has people eating this little, and opting for needles rather than exercise. It is dangerous, and I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night. (Okay, yes, most of you know I am a terrible insomniac and don’t sleep anyways, but you get my point.)
Remember, a quick fix is never worth the long term complications.