The HCG diet consists of a severe caloric restriction protocol (500KCAL / day) associated with the use of a hormone called HCG. If you are having any doubts you can use hcg forums that are available online.
What is HCG and what is its function?
HCG is a hormone produced by the placenta to support pregnancy. Its function in women is to stimulate the ovaries to secrete two other hormones: progesterone and estradiol. In men, when injected, HCG has the ability to stimulate the production of testosterone in the testes.
When was the HCG diet created?
Despite the “fad”, the HCG diet was created in the 1950s by a British physician named Albert Simeons. He demonstrated in a series of case reports that patients undergoing their protocol could lose large amounts of weight. The theory behind the method was that caloric restriction would provide a loss of fat while using HCG would provide maintenance of muscle mass. In the 1960s and 1970s several other researchers tested the method of Dr. Simeons, but this time they compared patients who used HCG with patients who used placebo, both with caloric restriction of 500 KCAL / day. These studies demonstrated that there was no difference between the groups, and weight loss was caused exclusively by severe caloric restriction.
Is there any benefit or any harm related to using the HCG diet?
In addition to the benefits of using this HCG protocol for weight loss, the use of this type of diet can cause discomfort to patients such as: fatigue, weakness, nausea, hair loss after 1 to 3 months of diet, constipation, disordered eating, severe headaches in the first week, menstrual delays, financial loss due to the use of expensive hormonal therapies and no scientific evidence, gain of weight lost with diet on average one year after its suspension, gallbladder stones ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome which can result in surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries, deep venous thromboses, pulmonary thromboembolism (which may be fatal in some cases), and fatal cardiomyopathy (exaggerated heart growth).
What is the position of ANVISA and FDA on the HCG diet?
Due to the potential side effects and lack of scientific evidence of the results of the HCG diet the FDA and ANVISA oppose the use of HCG as a weight loss therapy. This information is included in the HCG leaflet itself.
What are the indications for using HCG Hormone
Indications for the use of this hormone are restricted to the treatment of cases of male and female infertility and for the treatment of disorders of the development of puberty in children.