Why do thousands of people continue to embrace the HCG Diet when it is obviously dangerous? This crash diet, which enjoyed its heyday in the 50s, is experiencing resurgence. Let's explore HCG and why it continues to draw unsuspecting dieters like a fat magnet.
What is HCG and How Does it Work?
Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG) is a natural hormone, produced by the placenta. It ensures the fetus is sustained with calories and nutrients, by retrieving stored fat from the mother's body and making it accessible to the fetus.
Since 1927, the HCG hormone has been used for treating infertility in both men and women. The idea of its usefulness for treating obesity began to garner public awareness in 1954 when Dr. A.T. W. Simeons published his treatise. Simeons findings indicated patients did not exhibit the usual side-effects of calorie deprivation when the diet was supplemented with HCG.
Why Do People Follow the HCG Diet?
The diet was developed by a doctor, so it must be safe. Not only is this diet unsafe, side-effects are potentially lethal. Further, there is no scientific evidence to support HCG contains weight loss properties.
Pounds drop off like magic. Anyone following a 500-calorie per diet will lose weight. However, weight loss is not sustainable when the dieter begins eating normally.
What Foods are Allowed?
The 500-calorie diet limits meals to lunch and dinner. The dieter must consume one each; protein, vegetable, bread and fruit. Chicken breast, veal, lobster, shrimp or fresh white fish must be grilled or broiled. Tuna, salmon or herring is not allowed.
Vegetables include: tomatoes, celery, red radishes, onions, chard, spinach, asparagus, cabbage, salad greens and cucumbers. Bread is a piece of Melba toast or a breadstick.
As for fruits, grapefruit half, handful strawberries, apple or orange are permitted. In addition, one tablespoon of milk is okay. No...