(Closed) hCG Diet

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Seems like a lot of hype to me.  I don’t know a lot about it but the diet itself is probably what people lose weight from not the hCG.

Here are some news articles on it:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/hcg-diet-controversy_n_826837.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Diet/hcg-diet-starving-pregnancy-hormones/story?id=13003120

If they do tell you to eat less than 500 calories a day, yes you will lose weight but you will gain it all back.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I did HCG.  At first I was a big fan.  I lost weight and inches.  But soon after I started, I began getting these really bad stomach aches after I ate.  It got to the point where it didn’t matter what I ate.  Even after I stopped the HCG, I continued to eat healthy but still had the bad pains.  I went 6 or 7 months and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong.  We finally found out I had lots of gallstones and my gallbladder was infected so I had it removed a couple of weeks ago.  When I did some reading on gallbladder problems, one of the causes is a very low calorie diet.  Now I’m not saying the HCG diet was the cause of all of this, but none of my problems started until I was using the HCG.  Just be careful.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

if you eat a 500 calorie a day diet you will lose weight….do not waste your money on these “homeopathic HCG pills”  …they don’t contain any HCG and it’s actually illegal to sell hcg as a weightloss drug, and any doctor doing so is either breaking the law or selling you a placebo…

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I did it and loved it!  I lost 28lb in one month – that was 8 months ago.  I gain a few pounds back during the holidays (6lb), but lost them quickly by doing the modified plan. My plan was doctor supervised and I never had any problems.  It was expensive, but totally worth it!

SMC28 – that is incorrect information.  It is NOT illegal.  HCG has been approved by the FDA as a fertility drug.  Once a drug has been approved, it can be administered by a doctor for any purpose within that doctor’s medical judgement.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ok, just because it uses a NATURAL horomone does NOT mean that it is safe.

Natural DOES NOT equal safe. There are billions of chemicals produced by your body on a daily basis. Upping the amounts of them just because they are “natural” doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea. It a horrible line of logic attached to so many fads right now. “Oh, the product says it’s green?? It must be good for the environment!” “Wow, this handwash is antibacterial? It must clean my hands better than normal soap!” “Huh, this herbal supplement is all natural? That means it’s safe!”

You seriously need to talk to your doctor about this. You know what they are going to say? There is no trendy substitute for eating well and exercising on a regular basis.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@fernanda47:  Actually the marketing and prescribing of a drug for anything other than the purpose tested by the FDA IS illegal. How do I know that? I work in drug development for one of the largest multinational pharmaceutical companies in the world. DOes it still happen? Of course. But the claims made by this fad diet have not been evaluated by the stringent testing standards of the FDA. Proceed at your own risk.

Also, 28 pounds of weight loss in one month is considered incredibly unhealthy.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@crayfish:  Yup!

Messing with your bodies hormones is never a good thing, especially with off label usage, even with a doctor overseeing.  I am sure you had to sign some sort of paperwork, likely absolving them of any legal damages if something goes wrong.

OP, do some reading, on what hCG is used for medically, vs it’s “magical” weight loss effects. 

http://www.anabolicsteroidsguide.com/steroid-profiles/hcg.html

Excert from linked article:

Many bodybuilders, unfortunately, are still of the opinion that hCG helps them become harder while preparing for a competion by breaking down subcutaneous fat so that indentations and vascularity are better exposed. The hCG package insert states clearly that hCG has no known effect of fat mobilization, appetite or sense of hunger, or body fat distribution. hCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity, it does not increase fat losses beyond that resulting from caloric restriction.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_chorionic_gonadotropin

Excert from attached link

A controversial usage of hCG is as an adjunct to the British endocrinologist Albert T. W. Simeons‘ ultra-low-calorie weight-loss diet (less than 500 calories). Simeons, while studying pregnant women in India on a calorie-deficient diet, and “fat boys” with pituitary problems (Frölich’s syndrome) treated with low-dose hCG, claimed that both lost fat rather than lean (muscle) tissue. He reasoned that hCG must be programming the hypothalamus to do this in the former cases in order to protect the developing fetus by promoting mobilization and consumption of abnormal, excessive adipose deposits. Simeons later published a book entitled Pounds and Inches, designed to combat obesity.[20] Simeons, practicing at Salvator Mundi International Hospital in Rome, Italy, recommended low-dose daily hCG injections (125 IU) in combination with a customized ultra-low-calorie (500 cal/day, high-protein, low-carbohydrate/fat) diet loss of adipose tissue without loss of lean tissue. After Simeons’ death, the diet started to spread to specialized centers and via popularization by individuals, such as the controversial author Kevin Trudeau, famous for promotion of alternative therapies and treatments.

The controversy proceeds from warnings by the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition[21] that hCG is neither safe nor effective as a weight-loss aid.[22]

A meta analysis found that studies supporting hCG for weight loss were of poor methodological quality and concluded that “there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss or fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being”.[23]

Controversy about, and shortages[24] of, injected hCG for weight loss have led to substantial Internet promotion of “homeopathic hCG” for weight control. The ingredients in these products are often obscure, but if prepared from true hCG via homeopathic dilution, they contain either no hCG at all or only trace amounts.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has stated that this drug is fraudulent and ineffective for weight loss. It is also not protected as a homeopathic drug and has been deemed an illegal substance.[25][26]

The weight loss indicated by individuals on an “hCG diet” can be attributed entirely to the fact that such diets prescribe a consumption rate of 500-550 calorie per day, or approximately one quarter of what is commonly accepted as the daily recommended value for a male adult of average build and activity. Further, double-blind studies[citation needed] note no decrease in appetite by those taking hCG versus individuals on placebos and have offered no evidence that individuals taking hCG are more likely to lose fat than lean tissue. Long-term results caution that unlike individuals participating in a diet of, for example, 1100 calories per day, those on a 500 calorie per day diet are unlikely to develop more appropriate eating habits and will gain weight more quickly after the diet has completed.[citation needed]

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@miss-spunkin:  I am getting ready to start my 3rd round of HCG.  The first round (32 days) I lost 35 pounds.  I took a 2 month break and went on vacation in that time.  I gained back about 7 pounds (mostly water weight and other bloating from the vacation).  I started my 2nd round in June and did a 40 day round where I lost an additional 30 pounds.  I am currently down 60 pounds and could not be happier.  It’s the hardest/easiest diet I’ve ever done.  It’s difficult because it is so strict and any deviation from it causes major fluctuations.  That being said – I was not hungry after the first week and it was really easy and rewarding to see the weight fall off of me.  When I started, I wore a size 24 dress.  I am currently in a size 18 (wedding dress).  I purchased my wedding dress in a size 14 and will most likely have to have it altered down as I continue to lose weight.  

It’s definitely not a diet for everyone. You have to be really committed and accept that any cheating will cause you to gain.  If you stick with it though, you’ll see results quickly and the weight will stay off.  

Below is a picture from the 1st week of my 2nd round and the 5th week of my 2nd round.  You can really see what 30 days and 30 pounds does to a person.

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m not going to say it doesn’t work, but I think that about 75% of the results are from essentially starving yourself on the diet.

I lost 8lbs in 10 day, but I was utterly miserable, so I stopped & would never recommend it.

I then tried my own meal plan & weight loss plan after doing the long & hard research about it, & the results were absolutely amazing. (if anybody is curious, PM me. no it’s not something I sell or a product per se lol)

Post # 14
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Newbee
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@MrsSkeletonKey:  Of course it’s from the low calorie diet….aren’t all results from diets due to reducing calories?  The difference is, I don’t feel hungry like I do on any other diet that allows me 1200 calories.  It’s certainly not for everyone.  It’s difficult to cut out things like peanut butter and cheese but I’m not starving.  I eat when I’m hungry and I stop when I’m not.  I don’t add dressings or butter or any excess fat.  I eat salads with vinegar or salt and pepper now.  The portion sizes are pretty much the same and sometimes I can’t even finish a full meal in one sitting.  Not trying to sell or argue either but I spent well over a year researching this diet before trying it too…it’s the ONLY thing that’s worked for me.  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
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@amandaandzachwed:  I did all my research before starting it as well.

I was starved and miserable on the diet, so it didn’t work for me. That doesn’t mean it didn’t work for you or others, but what I am saying is that if you gave me a 500 calorie limit per day and no HCG, I would wager to say I’d lose the same amount and be similarly miserable.

If anybody else wants to try it, go ahead. But my issue is that it seems like people look at HCG as some type of miracle worker. The truth is that a LOT of work (and starvation for most people) goes into keeping that kind of strict diet, and it’s not effortless weight that just drops off.

 

Post # 16
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Newbee
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@MrsSkeletonKey:  It is REALLY hard work.  I never said it wasn’t.  It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  It is no miracle and you will be unhappy if you think about all the things you are missing out on.  That being said, after about a week, I did not feel hungry anymore and actually started to feel more energy and healthier.  I’m on a break from it right now and I can feel a difference in my body now that I’m eating sugar and other processed foods again.  I constantly have a headache.  I will be starting back up again next week.  

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