The HCG diet is one of the latest diet fads that has actually been around since the 1930’s. A doctor by the name of A.T.W Simeons was using HCG to treat young male patients with underdeveloped gonads. Simeons discovered that the boys were starting to eat less and lose weight as a result of HCG.
Eventually Simeons did some research on this substance and was the first to promote HCG as a way to lose weight. Since that time the HCG diet was promoted over the decades as a way to lose weight. The diet has enjoyed some success over the years but it has not become real popular like some of the other well known diet plans.
HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and it is a hormone that is produce in females during pregnancy. This hormone is also sometimes present in the body when cancer forms because certain cancerous cells produce high levels of HCG when present. However, it has not been proven that HCG causes cancer.
The HCG diet receives a lot of controversy and criticism because it requires a person to eat only 500 calories per day while taking HCG drops or injections. Many medical professionals and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not think this type of diet is safe for that reason. Also, they are not convinced with the idea that HCG actually stops a person from experiencing hunger pains.
Spokespersons for the FDA have stated that HCG causes dizziness, fainting, gall stones and some problems to a person’s heart. Medical professionals are concerned that some people will illegally inject HCG shots into their system just so that they can lose weight. The most grievous complaint about the HCG diet is the fact that people are restricted to 500 calories a day. People who eat an extremely low calorie diet will probably be undernourished and suffer from other medical problems related to hunger and/or starvation.
The main reason why many members of the medical community and the FDA is against HCG diets is because they have not been proven to be effective. While it is true that people do lose weight (since they are only eating 500 calories a day); it has not been proven that HCG stops hunger pains and that it is necessary for the weight loss process. Until further research can conclusively prove that HCG is effective for weight loss, people are strongly advised not to use this substance for this purpose.
So are the concerns about the HCG Diet founded? Or is this yet another lie told by our health care system to keep us fat and on the road to needing a multitude of drugs produced by Big-Pharma?