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The Truth About HCG Weight Loss

The truth about HCG weight loss is that it’s dangerous, unproven and has fallen under the watchful eye of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In December 2011, the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission sent letters to several HCG supplement producers regarding misleading labels. Despite the fact that the FDA hasn’t approved HCG as a weight loss tool, several companies labeled their HCG products as “homeopathic” diet tools, which is against the law. The letters chided the companies for breaking federal law and making unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of their products.

The HCG diet phenomenon is based on the idea that human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a hormone produced during pregnancy, can suppress frustrating dietary side effects such as stomach cramps and hunger pains. However, not a single credible medical authority has validated the assumption that HCG can help mitigate these symptoms. Read more about the HCG diet reviews.

Fast paced HCG weight loss dangerous and unsustainable

The only substantiated reason HCG weight loss diets result in weight loss is because HCG diet programs force dieters to reduce their caloric intake from 2,000 to 2,8000 calories a day to 500 to 800 calories a day.

“It is true that people on HCG diet programs do lose weight, but what the ads don’t say is that along with HCG injections, drops, pills, pellets and sprays, people follow a very restrictive and nutritionally unsound 500-calorie-a-day diet plan,” said Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and chief medical officer for the Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL). “No wonder they lose weight! But it’s not because of the HCG, it’s because of the extremely low calorie intake.”

But a 500 calorie-a-day diet is incredibly unhealthy. The caloric requirements of an HCG weight loss diet makes it impossible to meet daily nutrition needs of fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fat resulting in vitamin and mineral deficiencies, said Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, director of nutrition for WebMD.

Slow and steady wins the race

Diets, even those that have been condoned by medical professionals, are difficult to stick to. Drastic, unrealistic diets such as the HCG weight loss diet, generally result in rapid weight gain once the diet is stopped.

“Studies show the best diet is the one you can stick with,” Zelman said. “And there is little chance anyone can stick with the HCG diet plan. Choose a diet that works for your lifestyle, but don’t choose one that requires expensive and worthless HCG.”

In May, the American Journal of Medicine released the results of a weight loss study showing that obese people lose an average of 28-pounds a month on physician-led diet plans like those developed by The Center for Medical Weight Loss, a national chain of physician directed weight loss programs.

“This research is very significant because it means that people struggling with obesity can be confident that there is an effective way to combat disease and manage it on an ongoing basis,” Kaplan said. “Most non medical weight loss chains have average results in the one pound per week range so this is a better option.”

Unlike HCG weight loss plans that claim an average loss of 30 pounds a month, physician-led plans are sustainable. Once the weight comes off, it stays off. A clinical trial from The Center for Medical Weight Loss showed that 95.3% of those who lost weight in one of their programs maintained weight loss one year later.

If you’ve been looking for a safe way to lose weight, The Center for Medical Weight Loss has over 450 locations in the US. To find out if there is a center near you, enter your zip code in the space provided. Special offers are available at most centers for first time visits.