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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Weight Loss

human chorionic gonadotropin weight loss

What is HCG?

HCG -- human chorionic gonadotropin – is a hormone that normally produced in large quantities in a pregnant woman's body. (Home pregnancy tests are actually testing for HCG in the urine.) In a pregnant woman, one of the functions of HCG is to mobilize the burning of fat, to ensure that energy is provided to the developing fetus and protect the pregnancy, even if the mother is facing a situation of starvation, or is only able to get limited calories. As a medication, HCG is used at high doses as a fertility treatment.

The Controversy Over HCG

The use of HCG as part of a specific weight loss protocol is a controversial approach, and some physicians refuse to prescribe it.

The main criticism of the HCG protocol is, frankly, that it's ineffective.

Critics of the HCG protocol point to research studies that have found that HCG is no more effective than placebo, and say that the effects of the diet are due to being on a very low-calorie diet of 500 calories a day, and not the HCG.

There are some vague criticisms about whether HCG is safe, but typically, the concerns cite side effects that are associated with the use of HCG for fertility. High-dose HCG for fertility treatments can result in ovarian hyperstimulation, and rupture of ovarian cysts, among other side effects. The doses used for fertility treatment, typically 5,000 - 10,000 IU are, however, much higher than the 125 IU a day typically used in the HCG protocol.

HCG Side Effects

Common Side effects of HCG

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Swelling in the feet, ankles, lowers legs, or hands

HCG Makes Big Claims

HCG is a hormone that is produced by the human placenta during pregnancy.

Products that claim to contain HCG are typically marketed in connection with a very low calorie diet, usually one that limits calories to 500 per day. Many of these popular HCG products claim to “reset your metabolism,” change “abnormal eating patterns,” and shave 20-30 pounds in 30-40 days.

“These products are marketed with incredible claims and people think that if they're losing weight, HCG must be working,” says Elizabeth Miller, acting director of FDA’s Division of Non-Prescription Drugs and Health Fraud. “But the data simply does not support this; any loss is from severe calorie restriction. Not from the HCG.”

HCG is approved by FDA as a prescription drug for the treatment of female infertility, and other medical conditions. It is not approved for weight loss. In fact, the prescription drug label notes 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.”

Benefits of using HCG for Weight Loss

Like any hormone or medication, there are potential side effects and benefits you should consider when using it.

It's helpful to erase in your mind how you currently think about HCG and start over with a blank slate.

In this slate I want you to simply think about HCG as a potential weight loss hormone that, if used correctly, can be added to various different diets and therapies.

Once you've changed how you think about HCG a new world of opportunities and possibilities are available to you.

HCG can now be combined with other weight loss therapies such as Victoza, LDN and so on. It can be combined with ANY diet including the ketogenic diet, the AIP diet and so on.

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