In the United States, and in other modern societies, there are alarming rates of people who are overweight and obese, with all the cosmetic and health complications that this implies. Anyone who has ever set out to lose a few pounds or avoid gaining weight in any circumstance knows that it is not an easy task and that success lies in a balanced diet and an active lifestyle … permanently. But this doesn't stop miracle diets and pills from continuing to proliferate and fill pockets of unscrupulous promoters.
The HCG method, one of the recent fad trends in diet, uses injections of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, produced during pregnancy and long used to treat fertility problems in men and women. The HCG hormone is claimed to reduce appetite and cause the body to burn fat as an energy source, and by combining this with a diet of only 500 calories a day (from organic and unprocessed foods) for 45 days, the person can lose several pounds per day.
The FDA considers it illegal and has issued warnings about its dangers.
• One of the numerous negative side effects can be an acute nutritional deficiency: it is impossible to obtain the carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals that your body needs consuming only 500 calories a day (the recommended minimum ranges between 1200 and 1500 calories).
In your fight to maintain a healthy weight there is no magic formula. If you don't want to waste your money and put your health at risk, the smart thing to do is stay away from this diet. If you already started it, the FDA recommends that you stop taking homeopathic HCG and dump it, and stop following diet instructions. If you experience any adverse effects, in addition to seeking medical help, you should report it online to the FDA MedWatch program or call 800-332-1088.