HCG Diet

First, the definition of a diet is anything you put in your mouth to eat. A diet does not just mean weight loss. If you eat pizza, burgers, and chips, that is your diet. I always have to emphasize this in my office to my patients.

Over the past 20 years, I have experimented with  many diets. High carbohydrate, low carbohydrate, high protein, low protein, high fat, low fat, etc. Which one works? They all can.

During the past year or so, many patients have been asking about the HCG diet. I did some research, and found out why it works. You only consume 500 calories. Is this a joke? No, it is not.At 500 calories a day, it is pretty much impossible to get all the nutrients you need to support your body. It can be unsafe and 500 calories a day should only be used under the supervision of a qualified physician.

I am going to give you the secret for weight loss. Are you ready? It is CALORIE RESTRICTION. There are no magic pills, no secret workout, and definite no fad diet. You have to burn more calories than you consume. It is that simple.

My opinion of the HCG diet is not favorable. There is no published research or guidelines validating the dosage of HCG, or the effects on weight loss if taken orally. It is a very hard low calorie diet to follow, and the weight will not stay off after you stop the diet. So be ready for the pounds to be stacked back on.

Along with the calorie restrictions, you have to take the hormone HCG either orally(which is a joke) or by injection. What purpose does the HCG hormone play in this diet? If administered by injection, it raises your HCG levels, thus increasing other body hormones, such as the hormone testosterone. Testosterone will slow down muscle breakdown, and help put your body in a muscle building state.  If taken orally, nothing! It breaks down before being able to enter the bloodstream. HCG injections should only be taken with a doctors prescription and supervision…Period!

Anyone limiting their calories to 500 a day will lose weight. It is not safe. I would never recommend it to any of my patients. Oral HCG does nothing to increase hormones in your body. You are wasting your hard earned money. Injectable HCG can only be prescribed by your medical doctor, which I highly doubt he/she will prescribe this for a weight reduction program. HCG is not prescribed for weight reduction, it is used to treat infertility. Remember, this is a drug. You may be allergic to it. It has side effects and can cause birth defects.

Below is a link from the FDA website about HCG products for weight loss. Read it!


Please feel free to email me with any questions. barakuna@comcast.net

I would be more than happy to discuss a weight loss program with you also in the office. Just give a call and make an appt stating you would like to talk to me about weight loss.