(Closed) HCG DIET

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

There was a big debate a while ago about this topic on the boards.  After doing some research (see page 2 of the post I linked), I do not think this is a healthy, sustainable way to lose weight.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

A few good sources and items that I copied from another board I frequent.

A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial: “Subjects receiving HCG injections showed no advantages over those on placebo in respect of any of the variables recorded. Furthermore, weight loss on our diet was similar to that on severely restricted intake. We conclude that there is no rationale for the use of HCG injections in the treatment of obesity.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2405506

Meta-analysis of HCG: “5. We conclude that there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss of fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1365103/?tool=pubmed

Double-blind study of HCG: “There was no statistically significant difference in the means of the two groups in number of injections received, weight loss, percent of weight loss, hip and waist circumference, weight loss per injections, or in hunger ratings. HCG does not appear to enhance the effectiveness of a rigidly imposed regimen for weight reduction.” http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/29/9/940

A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial: “Subjects receiving HCG injections showed no advantages over those on placebo in respect of any of the variables recorded. Furthermore, weight loss on our diet was similar to that on severely restricted intake. We conclude that there is no rationale for the use of HCG injections in the treatment of obesity.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2405506

Meta-analysis of HCG: “5. We conclude that there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss of fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1365103/?tool=pubmed Double-blind study of HCG: “There was no statistically significant difference in the means of the two groups in number of injections received, weight loss, percent of weight loss, hip and waist circumference, weight loss per injections, or in hunger ratings. HCG does not appear to enhance the effectiveness of a rigidly imposed regimen for weight reduction.” http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/29/9/940

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

A little late to the party. Not that I am telling you that I approve of this – I haven’t made my mind up. However, I have an aunt, cousin and co-worker that have all had great success in this. My aunt went from a 14 to an 8, cousin went from a 10 to a 6/4 and co worker (guy) 44 to 34 and his wife a 6 to a 2. Now do I think everyone gets these results? No. Does it take a strict diet or maintaining less than 500 caloric intake a day, yes.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I just got finished with phase 2 (500 calories a day) of the HCG diet.  I did the 500 calories for 28 days- you can do anywhere between 21-40 days.  Towards the end I wasn’t losing as much as the first couple of weeks, so I decided to go off the drops and move onto phase 3.  In 28 days, I cheated twice.  I had a glass of wine on each cheat.  I was really commited to it and happy to say I lost 16 pounds!  I would be happy to give my opinion on the diet to anyone who is considering this option.  In the past I have had a hard time loosing weight, eating healthy and working out didn’t work for me (I have PCOS and the dr. told me it would be very hard to lose weight)  I plan to start the drops again in about 3 weeks to lose a little more for the wedding!

It is not a forever fix because after you finish the 500 calories, you have to do a maintenance phase where you reintroduce foods you couldn’t have (ie, all fruits, dairy, healthy oils)  You are still not able to have starches and sweets. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am about to start this diet using the drops and I am very excited about it. My sister will be doing it with me. I spoke to my physican who said that he didn’t think there was any harm in trying it out. We have a family friend that lost 26 pounds on this, and her son and daughter-in-law also lost a lot. Hoping it works!

Post # 8
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Honey bee

@afelk1112: Did you read any of the links or studies I posted above? They are all reputable studies and sites. Doctors, despite their title, doesnt mean they know anything about nutrition. They are not required to learn about nutrition in their studies, so why ask them?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@lefeymw:  I have done research in addition to speaking with a physician. It is a personal choice that I have thought about extensively and I am very excited about.

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