HCG is a hormone treatment combined with a restrictive 500 calorie diet. You can take pills or injections and the end result is that you loose weight. Are you kidding me? You will lose weight on a 500 calorie diet no matter what! Dr. Weil reports on his website that there were studies done on a test group. They were both given the HCG diet and half of the test subjects were given a placebo instead of the HCG. Guess what? They both lost weight... The same percentage of weight. What is frightening to me about this diet is:
1. A 500 calorie a day diet will destroy your metabolism. I have a wonderful doctor named Dr. Rodier. He practices in Draper, Utah. He believes in treating the causes of illness and disease, which is mainly poor diet and bad lifestyle. He takes many patients that are a lost cause for other doctors who can't do anything else but write prescriptions. He told me that he has taken many patients to help them with the side effects of the HGC diet. When your body is deprived of calories it will start to use the reserves of fat, but it will also start to deplete muscle mass and halt immune functions. It will lower the metabolism greatly because it goes in to famine mode combined with the muscle loss. Once you are in famine mode it is very difficult not to gain weight with normal eating because your body wants to store every spare calorie it can just in case there is another famine. This is why restrictive calorie diets lead to "yo-yo" and roller coaster weight loss.
2. So called competent physicians are handing it out like candy. Medical doctors and Chiropractors are offering this diet miracle to patients. I know some doctors are really dense when it comes to nutrition but come on. If your chiropractor or doctor is offering this treatment I would suggest asking for a refund for all of your past treatments and then run for the hills.
3. It's only treating a symptom of weight, not a cause. For most people eating unhealthy is the root cause of the weight problems. Over eating is just a symptom of underlying problems, such as sugar addiction, emotional problems or just plain laziness. If you treat the cause of weight loss, which is almost always lifestyle, you will eliminate the weight problem. Assuming of course this person doesn't have an endocrine disorder or some other disease. Most people don't put on the extra weight overnight and it is ridiculous to assume or try to force the weight off overnight. Change your life and it will change your size. It will probably eliminate a bunch of other problems too, like high blood pressure, diabetes, depression...
Dr. Weil's report: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400413/Pregnancy-Hormone-for-Weight-Loss.html