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Doctor insights on: Hcg Diet Requirements

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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What is hCG diet ?

What is hCG diet ?

Risky: There are lots of risks involved with a severe calorie restriction diet and with HCG injections. I would not recommend this to my patients. ...Read more

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Is hCG diet dangerous?

Is hCG diet dangerous?

Its probably safe: It will raise testosterone levels in men. The HCG diet has had side effects, but those are due to rapid weight loss (gall stones) and eating only 500 calories per day, starvation is not a great plan. I doubt the HCG itself causes many or any problems if used in low doses. ...Read more

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Is the hCG diet effective?

Is the hCG diet effective?

Hooey!: Bogus science, no substantive evidence to support its use, very low calorie diet that in itself can cause weight loss; can have significant side effects; banned by fda and mlb. Avoid it. Think twice about practitioners recommending it. ...Read more

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Can i stop hCG diet early?

Can i stop hCG diet early?

Yes: If you are doing the 500 cal diet, it is best to stop. That kind of diet is not safe and will not provide you with enough nutrients. ...Read more

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How does the hCG diet work? 

How does the hCG diet work? 

Not very well.: The weight loss is due to the severe caloric restriction. In men with low testosterone and normal testicles, it may work better because the HCG will increase the testosterone level. In women, HCG may increase progesterone. Higher Progesterone may lead to less anxiety and therefore less eating. Overall, smart eating plus increased activity is a better choice. ...Read more

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What are hCG diet drops for?

What are hCG diet drops for?

Weight loss: Most people try to use human growth hormone for weight loss and for metabolism. It has never been proven to be effective when taken orally. Most of the oral products that are availible over the counter are not going to do much for you. I wouldnt waste your money. ...Read more

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Does the hCG diet really work?

Does the hCG diet really work?

Absolutely: You must do the diet under supervision of a qualified physician, injectable HCG not drops, and strict adherence to the original 500 calorie diet and not a modified version of it with higher calories. You can lose 1-2 lbs of fat per day. Some physicians call this diet dangerous or won't work, but lack an understanding about the diet and it's proven safety. In use since 1950s. ...Read more

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Can i get sick on the hCG diet?

Yes: The diet often recommended with HCG injections is very restrictive, and people often will not feel well. Unfortunately HCG has not been shown helpful for losing weight. I can't recommend it. ...Read more

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How exactly does the HCG diet work ?

How exactly does the HCG diet work ?

Most people believe: the reason it "works" is because of the severe calorie restriction--500 kcal/day-- associated with it. Theoretically, HCG may exert some appetite suppressant qualities which make it easier to only eat 500 calories. A pregnancy hormone,HCG is a pro-hormone and may promote other hormones, i.e. thyroid. Most authorities are skeptical of its safety and effectiveness. Target: 1200 cal/day + exercise. ...Read more

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How many times can you complete the HCG diet?

How many times can you complete the HCG diet?

Not working?: If you are having to do a diet plan over and over again then one must conclude that this particular diet is not working for you very well. Maybe it is time to try something different and hopefully you will experience more success. ...Read more

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Can I start the hCG diet 12:30 in the afternoon?

Can I start the hCG diet 12:30 in the afternoon?

Yes, but...: Start the fourth day after your 72 hour load. Your first meal can be at 12:30 if you want. The best results are with USP HCG that is given by injection. Make sure you do the maintenance diet after you finish the HCG protocol or you will put your weight right back on. ...Read more

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Is the hCG diet safe for someone who is too thin?

Why would you: Do this diet if you are thin. It is not a matter of safety with the HCG diet. It only works on people who have at least 15 pounds of abnormal fat to lose. If you are thin and no abnormal fat you will have no benefit with this diet. ...Read more

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Is the hCG diet and injections safe and effective?

Is the hCG diet and injections safe and effective?

NO: I get asked this question a lot. I tell patients think about what you're doing exactly: 1. Taking a hormone that can modulate other hormones and is only elevated during pregnancy (un-natural) 2. You're ingesting merely 500 calories, some docs have modified it to 750 calories. But still too low for any person. It works as an immediate, fast tool for weight loss but not for good! ...Read more

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What are the complications involving the hCG diet?

Insufficiency : The diet is really a starvation diet and can cause problems with heart and other organs because you aren't getting enough nutrition and can see consequences from starvation. Do not recommend as not worth weight loss. Add exercise if you want to burn more calories than you are taking in. Not worth harming your body ...Read more

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What are the phases and food rules for the hCG diet?

Ask doctor: You should only do the real HCG diet with a qualified physician. You need the injection not drops or internet products. Google pounds and inches for the protocol diet. ...Read more

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Am i allowed to eat other vegetables on the hCG diet?

There are certian: Vegetables u can eat and certain ones u cannot , you should do the HCG diet only under doctor supervision like i offer pts in my office , we use quality subq injectable HCG that we test and a strict 500 cal diet that we go over with the pt and it says what veggies and how much of them u can have for your meals. ...Read more

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Does the hCG diet really work? Otc or prescribed better?

Does the hCG diet really work? Otc or prescribed better?

Scam: This is a very-low-calorie diet with an expensive placebo. You'll lose weight by restricting calories, and spend money for something that will do you no good. Ask your personal physician whether a crash diet is really right for you. Better, start hanging out with people who are into physical fitness and join in. Unlike a crash diet, this will result in real, sustained good results. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some recommendations on hCG diet recipes?

Can you tell me some recommendations on hCG diet recipes?

Low carb: Mostly very low carb diet, lots of non-starchy fruits and vegetables, lean protein and healthy oils (olive and coconut). Avoid sweets and processed foods as much as possible ...Read more