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Get the skinny on HCG

Jen Manian, certified personal trainer, and I were recently commenting on all the hubbub going on around town about the HCG diet.   Jen has just attended an event where Dr. Leila Wibbenmeyer presented The HCG diet and its history.   Here Jen gives us the skinny on HCG presentation:

HCG was developed by Dr. Albert Simeons in 1954 after treating “fat boys” in India. He claimed that HCG would mobilize stored fat (the bad fat, not the good fat), suppress diet and redistribute fat from the waist, hips, and thighs. He also claimed that it “resets” your metabolism. In 1975, the FDA required labeling and advertising of HCG o date that it has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. In 1976, the FTC ordered that Dr. Simeons stop claiming that the HCG-based programs were safe, effective and approved by the FDA for weight control. While the order didn’t stop Dr. Simeons and his clinics from using HCG, they had to inform their patients that HCG had to be injected into their bodies and that it wasn’t approved by the FDA as safe and effective in obesity or weight control. After these statements were released, the HCG diet fad died down. However, in 2007, Kevin Trudeau released his book called The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About. Who is this guy? He is a felon, scam artist, author, infomercial producer and star.

Here are some simple facts about HCG and the HCD diet:

  1. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotrophin, a hormone found in the urine of pregnant women. Its purpose during pregnancy is to prepare the uterus for the baby. Its purpose clinically is to induce ovulation in the ovaries as well as testosterone production in the testes due to its similarity to luteinizing hormone.
  2. The two forms in which HCD is being used in weight loss are injections and homeopathic drops.
  3. HCG is not a steroid hormone; it is a protein hormone like insulin. HCG is 6.5 times the size of insulin. Due to the size of this protein and the fact that our body does not absorb proteins unless they’re ingested or injected subcutaneously, HCG cannot be absorbed sublingually (under the tongue).
  4. Several studies have been conducted concluding that HCG is ineffective with sustained weight loss.
  5. No studies have been conducted on the long term effects of HCG use for weight loss.
  6. This diet requires that you only consume 500 calories per day, which makes it hard for you to meet your nutrient needs and can be harmful to your body.
  7. There are many dangers and side effects of this HCG diet, including irritability, depression, nausea, fatigue, sudden mood swings.

This HCG diet does not appear to help you develop healthy eating habits for optimal nutrition and managing weight.   Although it may seem like the perfect way to lose weight in a short amount of time, it may not be a long term solution for weight management.

By Jen Manian

Information for summary provided by Dr. Lela Wibbenmeyer

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