The HCG diet has been causing ripples in the weight loss community with proponents labeling it as the most potent weight loss diet ever, while those against it say that HCG is only as potent as a placebo in the regimen. The diet calls for the intake of between 500 and 550 calories a day; this is termed as very low-calorie intake. Even as it is touted as one of the most potent weight loss regimens out there, it is important to note that it is also among the most highly criticized from other quarters. As such we will take a detailed look at some of the main contradictions and thoughts centering on this “miracle” diet that is supposed to have substantial results in as little as a month after commencement.
According to proponents of the HCG diet, dieters can lose up to one pound a day totaling to a whopping 30 pounds per month. This is why most people who have weight loss goals are scrambling to get with it. All this began back in the 1950s when a British endocrinologist stated that HCG injections could be used to support the intake of 500 calories a day.
However, some doctors today advise against the HCG diet plan unless you are under medical supervision. Doctors agree that this dieting plan does work but only because it is equal to starvation. To survive and remain healthy, the body requires at least double the amount of calories provided for by this diet. This means that patients will be at risk of suffering from malnutrition. To avoid the risk of fatal medical conditions brought on by this diet, some doctors advise their patients to have their hearts examined to determine whether their hearts are strong enough to last through the HCG diet period.
HCG has been approved by the FDA as a fertility drug for both men and women. However, the FDA allows doctors to prescribe drugs for uses other than those listed on the drug’s label. This means that doctors can prescribe HCG injections for weight loss even though it is not listed as one of the uses listed on the label. This means that it is best to get a doctor’s prescription as this will also come with detailed medical attention to ensure that you stay healthy.
However, homeopathic HCG which comes in the form of lozenges, drops, gum and even capsules has not been approved by the FDA. The FDA states that this form of HCG said to be for weight loss purposes is not backed by any evidence. Most critics have labeled the promises made by homeopathic HCG marketers as unsubstantiated and, therefore, false.
As it stands, there is a major division between whether the HCG diet works and if so, what the main reason behind its success is.