“Lose weight in just a week” is a line often associated with those advertisements on different websites. Some are even tempted to click the link that leads them to a site, then to another, and up to many more sites. Website developers really know people’s weaknesses and interests. This also explains that people nowadays are so obsessed with getting fit. They are getting addicted to slimming products and other fitness activities like Zumba and Working-Out. Some are even asking for medical help already, eager to undergo plastic surgery, liposuction, and other medical treatments – like Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Diet.
Human chorionic gonadotropin Diet or also known as HCG Diet is a kind of diet where you need to have a series of injections of HCG – a hormone that the body produces during pregnancy. In line with this, you also need to follow a severe-low-calorie diet for best results. Just like any other fitness program, this diet also requires you to watch your calorie intake. It limits you to 500-800 calories a day for 8 weeks. The only difference is that it doesn’t allow you to exercise. Many people believe that in this diet or program, the shots and diet alone can already make big changes on metabolism.
Medically speaking, doctors can’t really find the connection between these HCG shots and weight loss. HCG is a hormone that helps women ovulate and men increase their sperm count. This has nothing to do with losing weight, although the severe-low-calorie diet could really be a big help. Many people may testify that HCG Diet really helped them lose weight but this is not actually because of HCG. It is because of this severe-low-calorie diet. Of course, people who follow such a very low calorie diet are likely to lose weight. They are made to believe that those shots could actually increase their metabolism and appetite when in fact, it was hard work and self-discipline that made them lose weight.
The side effects of the human chorionic gonadotropin intake can also be the reason why some people who undergo HCG diet lose weight. Side effects like swelling of the breasts or at the place of the injection can affect a person’s fitness. Emotional side effects that include discouragement, headache, irritability, lack of appetite, and loss of sex drive can also be the reason why many people have successfully lost weight with this kind of treatment. It’s like you’re losing weight at the expense of your own health. This is already too far from the concept of staying fit and healthy.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already made its stand about this. HCG is approved to treat fertility issues, but it hasn’t yet been approved as a solution to weight issues. Over-the-counter HCG products are actually prohibited. In fact, FDA already sent warning letters to those companies that are still selling these products. HCG is only legal when you have a prescription from the doctor and your purpose is to treat issues about infertility. Well, actually, it’s also legal if your doctor prescribes hormonal shots to you to tackle weight issues.
If your ultimate is goal is to lose weight, you have to do it right. There are many effective fitness programs that could help you. You can try the famous Zumba or you can go to a gym and ask for a fitness program that suits you. If you’re still planning to take HCG to shed pounds, at least ask your doctor about it first. You don’t need to risk your health just to lose weight. Take care of your body and live a healthy life.