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The HCG Diet is Dangerous For the Heart

By Meg Rees M.S. P.A. C
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Quick and easy weight loss…think again! When it comes to weight loss, there is no such thing as quick, safe and easy--otherwise all of us would never have to diet or go to the gym. The HCG diet is one of the fad diets like the Atkins or the tapeworm diet.

The following is some basic information about the HCG diet and its potential problems:

The basics of the diet : People on this diet typically do a daily injection of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), a pregnancy hormone, combined with a fat-free, 500 calorie per day diet. It is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for weight loss. There is no reliable evidence of weight loss, fat redistribution, decreased appetite, or improved mood. Possible side effects include ovarian hyperstimulation, swelling, ovarian cyst rupture, multiple births, headache, irritability, depression, fatigue, restlessness, clots in the arteries, and allergic reactions. Individuals with heart disease, kidney disease, seizure disorders, migraines and asthma should be warned about taking this, as it may worsen their condition.

The problems: Proponents of this diet say that this pregnancy hormone and fertility drug redistributes fat, decreases hunger and improves mood in women. This has not been proven. The probable weight loss is due to the low-fat, low calorie diet. There are concerns about possible loss of protein from vital organs and nutritional deficiencies. The starvation which occurs can decrease minerals and cause an electrolyte imbalance. These electrolytes are needed for proper heart function. Heart disease may worsen or a heart attack may occur.

Think about it: On this diet, you will pay money to suffer on the 500 calories a day for about a month, you will probably be moody, you may damage your body, you may gain the weight back and you definitely will make someone else rich.

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EmpowHER Guest

Its obvious you did no research on this whatsoever. HCG is a hamone that breaks down the unwanted fat and turns it into calories. This is why you go on the 500 calorie diet because your body is already getting the calories and nutrients your body needs. The HCG resets the metabolism and resets the hypothalamus. It reshapes your body by moving the needed fat around as you lose the unwanted fat. it lowers the blood sugar level to normal so it cures type two diabetes. It helps with gout, It lowers the blood pressure to normal levels. I can go on because I have done this diet and I have researched for over two years. It is completely safe and everything you have mentioned in this article is either not proven or completely un-true.

August 15, 2014 - 10:00pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

First of all, there have been so studies showing hCG breaks down fat. If that were the case, there'd be a lot of skinny pregnant women. From everything I am reading, there is no hCG in the drops. Even if there were hCG in the drops, the molecules would be too large to absorb under the tongue. That's the reason diabetics need shots and don't take it sublingually. Let's break it down. No drops under the tongue, pregnant women aren't known for being skinny and hCG is too large to be absorbed under the tongue. Sounds like the only thing untrue is your comment.

August 16, 2014 - 7:59am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Pregnant women don't eat 500 calories per day so your opinion on that topic is rubish. Hcg should be administered via injection and is safe if supervised by a licenced physician. In addition, when taking hcg daily and on 500 calories, your body believes it is pregnant and is starving. The hcg hormone signals the hypothalamus gland in the brain to release nnutrients from excess fat in the body. Up to 2000 calories is reabsorbed back into the bloodstream to feed the baby that your body believes it is carrying. This is how people are comfortably able to sustain such low caloric intake. Furthermore, studies have proven hcg to be a safe amd effective weightloss therapy. Shame on you for obtaining bogus information on this amazing weight loss therapy from unreliable imternet sites . You should be fired !

October 22, 2014 - 6:04am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Read the HCG Diet 800 Calorie Protocol Second Edition by Sonia E Russell. The studies were performed by the Bariatric Association.

October 22, 2014 - 6:09am
EmpowHER Guest

I did the homeopathic Omnitrition drops and ended up with a heart arrhythmia. I had seen posts on their Facebook page from others with this problem but they were always told it was not because of this diet. Recovery has been slow but I am getting there. Side effects can come on suddenly, as I learned and there is no doubt it was from this diet. Just not worth it.

April 3, 2013 - 8:33am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Took the omni diet for two weeks, and spent the 3rd in the hospital with heaviness on my chest and shortness of breath. I was so dehydrated because of the omni nightlite products that my veins were collapsed and they couldnt find a good vein to draw blood from, I actually passed out and my heart stopped for 45 seconds and a nurse had to do chest compressions on me to bring me back to life. I am now suffering from panic attacks headaches and constent leg cramps. I beg anyone who is thinking about trying this diet to please reconsider! This stuff is nothing but poison, and the worst part is that I went on the omni website and told them what had happened to me and they deleted it but not before telling I was crazy and that omni was not responsible for it, mind you I am 26 years old and have no pre existing conditions.a

July 21, 2013 - 10:43pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

My eighth day yesterday . lastnight pain in my shoulder blade and chest pain and anxiety. thinking its all in my head . i came across your post and am now freaking out . i want to lose weight but not die. should i continue you eating the same but cut the drops????

June 13, 2014 - 7:21am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You need to see your physician right away. What you are doing to your body with such a low calorie diet is just plain dangerous. Are you seriously willing to risk your life to lose weight?

June 13, 2014 - 7:41am
EmpowHER Guest

Different person have different views as per their experience, but in my part I strongly believed that to get some positive and quick result we have to overcome from some negative parts, as mentioned in the above post about the lacks of HCG diets which are preferred as much as dangerous for heart, but as per the experts HCG diets are more effective than other diet programs and provides an effective result with in a short call.

Therefore in my point of view I would like to preferred HCG diet programs since I was being a part of this diet program and found a positive result without any kind of side effects.

September 5, 2012 - 3:54am
EmpowHER Guest

I wonder if the differences experienced by people can be attributed to HCG Drops vs actual injections. It is possible that some people are using ineffective or bogus drops, as opposed to the true HCG Injections. If anyone comments, please post if you have used a type of homeopathic HCG or the actual HCG injections.

The true HCG diet is based around actual injections of the true hormone.

May 6, 2012 - 10:28pm
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