NG asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 8 years ago

Has anyone tried the HCG diet?

Does it work? How effective is it?

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  • 8 years ago
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    The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters in December, 2011 to many companies that sell the over-the-counter products, noting they have not been approved by the FDA for weight loss and false advertising claims. The drops do not contain the actual hcg hormone but similar synthetic amino acids. These peptides are destroyed in the digestive system and are completely worthless.The FDA and FTC have finally taken steps to stop these potentially harmful and scam products.

    Anyone that lost weight on the diet protocol only did because they were eating 500 calories a day and in starvation mode. The side effects of the hcg diet protocol are the side effects of malnutrition. These include headache, hair loss, interruption of menstrual cycles, fatigue, feeling lightheaded, disorientation, stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea.

    Common sense tells you this diet is nothing more than starvation. One of the side effects of properly using the hcg injections to increase fertility is weight gain. So how can the hormone cause weight loss?

    The doctors exploiting this benign hormone can't even agree on how it works. Some say it releases stored fat calories into the system. Others say it acts as an appetite suppressant. Neither explanation justifies the weight loss in the individuals taking the oral drops containing no hcg in them that still lost weight.

    The mental apparatus occurring here is called "cognitive relativism" where hcg users assert their beliefs to the point where they deny facts, lack of evidence, and true expert opinion.

    While there are loads of profiteers, clinics, and doctors with no moral compass promoting this 60 year old ridiculous protocol it is not endorsed or recommended by any medical, dietary, or regulatory organization.

    Type "hcg" in the Search Y! Answers box above and find out what hcg is really all about.

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  • 8 years ago

    It's a ridiculous scam. I don't even know if you'll actually be injecting yourself with anything, it could be just saline...it isn't the supposed hormone that makes you lose weight but the very dangerous 500 calorie a day diet that does it. Additionally, I have known personally of several people who, when they go off the diet, immediately put back on MORE weight than when they started! Don't do it.

  • 4 years ago

    start a compost pile in your yard

  • 5 years ago

    fresh herbs can really zing up a healthy meal try growing some in the kitchen using a strawberry pot preserve the flavor by adding fresh herbs at the end of the cooking process

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  • 5 years ago

    Walk at least 15 mins after your meals

  • 5 years ago

    If you have a seperate room keep small useful exercise equipment Use those equipment while reading and listening songs

  • 5 years ago

    muscle burns at least four times as many calories as fat does so try twenty minutes of strength straining two to three times a week

  • 5 years ago

    Better to drink warm water with lemon and honey

  • Carlos
    Lv 5
    5 years ago

    40 minutes of martial arts

  • Tania
    Lv 5
    5 years ago

    Chickpeas can help dieters break bad snaking habits

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