HCG Diet: Should Starvation Be An Acceptable Weight-Loss Plan?
Have you heard of the hCG diet plan? It’s been around since the 70′s and is making a comeback in today’s quick-fix society. With promises of quick weight loss and little hunger, it sounds like the weight loss miracle we’ve all been hoping for. But SURPRISE! There is no miracle, just deception. And much worse, this diet plan will most likely do you more harm than good.
With so many women trying to lose weight in this country, it scares me to think of how many of them may be taking this “diet plan” seriously. It’s not a diet at all, it’s a dangerous consumer deception. With a 500 calorie a day limit, this plan is nothing more than a starvation diet combined with a medical gimmick, and no good can ever come from it.
The New York Times — Diet Plan With HCG, a Fertility Hormone, Has Fans and Critics…
Ms. Brown, 35, is not taking hCG to help her bear a child. She believes that by combining the hormone injections with a 500-calorie-a-day diet, she will achieve a kind of weight-loss nirvana: losing fat in all the right places without feeling tired or hungry. “I had a friend who did it before her wedding,” Ms. Brown said. “She looks great.”
Before I even touch on all the problems with hCG injections, let’s look at the daily calorie intake for this “so called” diet. Are they kidding? Limiting the amount of calories you consume in one day to 500 is nothing more than starvation. There is absolutely NO WAY to limit your daily calories to 500 and be healthy, it’s pure insanity.
Women like Ms. Brown are streaming into doctors’ offices and weight-loss clinics all over the country, paying upward of $1,000 a month for a consultation, a supply of the hormone and the syringes needed to deliver it. More than 50 years after a doctor at a Roman clinic began promoting hCG as a dieting aid, it is as popular as ever, even though there is scant evidence that it makes any difference.
Again, are you kidding me? If you used that $1,000 a month to buy all healthy foods to stock your kitchen with for a month, you would still have more than enough money left for a gym membership. Not only would you lose weight this way, but you would also lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer — and that’s not a gimmick, that’s a fact.