What it is HCG? HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone produced during pregnancy by the cells that form the placenta. This hormone is detected in the blood around 11 days after conception; it is detected in the urine around 12-14 days after conception. Taking HCG for diet reasons if it is real HCG (most of what is sold today is fake, or so diluted it is of no value) you will test positive for pregnancy. (Not a fun thing for the man of the house to announce)
What it does in the body: HCG signals the hypothalamus (area of the brain that affects metabolism) to mobilize fat stores. In pregnancy, this helps the body bring nutrients into the placenta, fueling the fetus with the energy to grow.
Due to its highly-negative charge, HCG may repel the immune cells of the mother, protecting the fetus during the first trimester. This is why any competent physician should warn his patients that taking HCG for any dietary reason may cause their immune system to be compromised causing them to be more susceptible to viruses and bacteria.
Human chorionic gonadotropin interacts with the LHCG receptor and promotes the maintenance of the corpus luteum during the beginning of pregnancy, causing it to secrete the hormone progesterone. HCG levels are linked to the severity of morning sickness in pregnant women. One of the common side effects of HCG diet is nausea and vomiting.
In men you can rest assured ingesting real HCG will play with your testosterone levels. The male body and brain will be in a total flux throughout the day trying to figure out what this foreign substance is doing to his body.
HCG is secreted by some cancers including seminoma, choriocarcinoma, germ cell tumors, hydatidiform mole formation, teratoma with elements of choriocarcinoma, and islet cell tumor. Which means ingesting HCG may increase the likelihood of certain cancer cell proliferation.
HCG during pregnancy is the cause for breast tenderness, therefore it is no surprise one of the common things reported with HCG diet is breast tenderness. Beware this is actually altering breast tissue on both female and male and there is no ensuing pregnancy. It is therefore logical to deduce that cancer cells would have a fantastic environment in which to populate. Time will tell but it is the author’s opinion ~ HCG will be found to have an influence on breast cancer for both males and females in future studies.
The weight loss claim: The HCG diet (using daily hcg injections) will help you lose 1-3 pounds per day. The HCG-diet combines the daily injections with a very low-calorie diet (500 calories per day).
500-calories per day is severely restrictive!
In fact, it is not enough calories to support normal brain function. Your body will compensate by using stores of glycogen, protein (muscle) and some fat, which lowers your resting metabolism. Before you can lose true weight, you will be so irritable, lightheaded, and cranky that you’ll reach for whatever food you can get your hands on and have a field day.
Scientific evidence: There is no scientific evidence supporting HCG injections as a weight loss strategy. In addition, these injections have not been approved by the FDA for use in weight loss. In fact, since 1975 the FDA has required all marketing and advertising of HCG to state the following: “HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or ‘normal’ distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.” In January, the agency warned that homeopathicH is fraudulent and illegal when sold for weight-loss purposes.
HCG is a hormone extracted from urine of pregnant women. It is approved by FDA for treatment of certain problems of the male reproductive system and in stimulating ovulation in women who have had difficulty becoming pregnant. No evidence has been presented, however, to substantiate claims for HCG as a weight-loss aid.” via the FDA.
HCG ban: The hormone was recently added to the list of “banned substances” in Major League Baseball, as it was becoming increasingly popular among steroid users. Athletes turned to this, among other “performance enhancing drugs” because it “mitigates the side effects of ending a cycle of steroids.”
Negative side effects: The common side effects include, headaches, mood swings, depression, blood clots, restlessness, confusion, and dizziness, breast tenderness. Some women also develop a condition called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS); symptoms of this include pelvic pain, swelling of the hands and legs, stomach pain, weight gain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting/nausea, and/or excess urination, weight gain, and difficulty breathing.
Other side effects in women include rash, itching or irritation, weakness, light headedness, confusion, dizziness, anxiety, insomnia, sudden weight gain, increased anger and mood swings, feeling sluggish, stomach ache, pelvic pain, muscle cramps, lumps in breast, water retention, tender breasts, swollen feet and hands, as well as hunger.
Many of the symptoms for women are present in men on the diet as well. Men may experience abdominal discomfort since the hormone may mimic pregnancy symptoms. Irritability and mood swings may appear as well.
Since the caloric intake of 500 is too restricted for men, they might experience food cravings, hunger pains, fatigue, thinning hair and light-headedness. In many cases, swelling of the breast tissue and prostate enlargement may occur in men.
HCG can cause early puberty in young boys. Call your doctor if a boy using this medicine shows early signs of puberty, such as a deepened voice, pubic hair growth, and increased acne or sweating.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Weight loss is hard work and it won’t come in a potion, pill, or injection.
The mainstream medical community says it’s a scam that carries too many health risks and doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss.
“It’s reckless, irresponsible, and completely irrational,” says Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Can you lose weight on it? Of course, but that’s mainly because you’re hardly consuming any calories. And any benefit is not going to last.”
In 1995, researchers analyzed 14 clinical trials on the HCG diet. Only two concluded HCG was any more effective than a placebo at helping people lose weight. And nearly 10 years earlier, a report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal stated HCG has “no value” as a means of managing obesity, and that the diet has been “thoroughly discredited and thus rejected by the majority of the medical community.”
Stop using HCG and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these signs of a blood clot: pain, warmth, redness, numbness, or tingling in your arm or leg; confusion, extreme dizziness, or severe headache.
All this said, it’s clear and quite simple! Weight Loss Starts in Your Mind, NOT on Your Plate! You can lose weight and keep it off NATURALLY; eating real food, living real life… safely, sensibly, and sustainably.
Much love and light to you,
Fake HCG is being sold every day on the internet these HCG pills, powders, and oral drops are not authentic since it is illegal to buy and sell HCG without a prescription.
Real HCG Injections are only available by prescription from a doctor and is scheduled as a prescription drug by the FDA. Many of these imitation drugs contain unknown dangers.
The starvation diet that is essential to the HCG diet carries many unwanted side effects.
The HCG diet promises quick fat loss due to HCG injections and shots, but these HCG injections have never been proven to work. So the weight loss comes from the severely calorie restricted diet.
This dangerous semi-starvation diet causes the body to burn whatever energy it can in order to function. Sure, your body will burn fat (in the beginning), but it will burn a lot of valuable muscle throughout the entire HCG diet as your body continues to feed on itself. In fact in this mode your body will actually eliminate muscle and do whatever it can to store fat, knowing this is what it will need to survive.
Furthermore the continued low calorie diet will totally shut down the individual’s metabolism. Attempting to exercise to elevate metabolism will be of no use since 500 calories per day will not provide the energy to carry out effective exercise.
Sure this starvation mentality can get you to drop some pounds for the short term. However the goal should be sustained weight loss. 99% of those who undergo HCG treatment end up gaining their weight back as soon as the 40 days are over (If they ever made it that far).
This diet does nothing to work on WHY the weight was gained in the first place. It does nothing to help the individual understand how they relate to food or to life stress. This diet like so many others does nothing to work on the cause of weight gain and only focuses on covering up a symptom by decreasing food intake. The result is possibly a short term weight loss from starvation only followed by gaining their weight back and then some along with additional health problems they did not sign up for.
Bottom line: HCG drops, pills don’t work at all, but the HCG diet dangers are REAL.
HCG Injections given by doctors can have some effect but the side effects are very real