Hcg (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) has recently been heavily advertised for weight loss with a VERY low calorie diet. I do not recommend this diet in our practice for several reasons, most important being it is not safe!
If you are considering "the Hcg weight loss" here are three important questions you need to have answered.
Hcg is human chorionic gonadotropin produced by women during pregnancy. "The Hcg diets" are extremely low calorie diets (500 cal/day) and claim that use of hcg lowers appetite and triggers fat burning.
Very Low calorie diets are NEVER safe for ANYONE. They can cause nutritional deficiencies, electrolyte imbalance and even death in extreme cases. At minimum they impair metabolism and provide a set up for recurrent weight gain
Hcg itself can have side effects and should only be administered under physician supervision after careful evaluation. Hcg has been known to increase blood clotting in susceptible individuals which can lead to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and even death.
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published an article after analysis of hcg research in 1995 showing no benefit of hCG in weight loss.
The American Society of Bariatric Physicians concluded they did not recommend hCG to promote weight loss in December 2009.
In December 2011, the FDA and Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to seven companies marketing over-the-counter hCG products labeled as "homeopathic" for weight loss. The letters warned the companies that they are violating federal law by selling drugs that have not been approved, and by making unsupported claims for the products.
Hcg will NOT make you lose weight by itself.
Hcg may have a small role in redistributing body mass when combined with sensible lifestyle. Hcg has been used to modestly increase testosterone levels. When combined with a "sensible" lifestyle change, this slight increase in testosterone may lead to muscle preservation and promotion of fat burning. This effect varies from person to person and is obviously more pronounced in men due to their increased ability to produce testosterone.
Bottom line, safe and effective weight loss is the result of permanent lifestyle change and there are no short cuts. Medication to suppress appetite may be used for short period of time at Physician discretion and Hcg may help certain individuals after thorough medical history as determined by Physician.
If you would like more information about our NailaFIT MD weight loss program, please call our office 888-210-9693 for an appointment