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

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

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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Is the hCG diet safe enough to use as a detox before a low carb lifestyle change?

Is the hCG diet safe enough to use as a detox before a low carb lifestyle change?

No: The HCG diet has been studied, and it is not effective for weight loss. Hcg is a hormone produced by your body when you are pregnant. Severe side effects includea ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (massive enlargement of ovaries, breast tenderness, fluid in your lungs, etc.) the only thing that will get thinner on an HCG diet is your wallet! Eat fewer calories and exercise and you will lose weight! ...Read more

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Is the hCG diet safe? I bought drops but am scared of side effects. I have ovarian cysts and heard hCG can turn them cancerous? Is this true?

Is the hCG diet safe? I bought drops but am scared of side effects. I have ovarian cysts and heard hCG can turn them cancerous? Is this true?

It's silly stuff: The 'hcg diet' is an 800-calorie severely restrictive diet and this is why you lose weight. The overpriced placebo that is tacked on will probably do nothing. Further, HCG does not turn ovarian cysts cancerous. Why not take the money and join a fitness club, make friends, and embark on a far happier and less fear-darkened life? Cheers. ...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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I have heard about the hCG diet. Is it safe?

I have heard about the hCG diet. Is it safe?

Yes but...: Hcg is not likely going to cause any harm but weight loss is due to the severe caloric restriction. In men with low testosterone and normal testes, 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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Is the official hCG diet plan. Com safe? I am 12 lbs. Over weight, eat right and exercise. 49, f.

Is the official hCG diet plan. Com safe? I am 12 lbs. Over weight, eat right and exercise. 49, f.

NO: The more I have investigated the otc hcg--which is not HCG. A pregnancy hormone-similar to lh/progesterone effects. The rx hcg
may be real human chorionic gonadotropin, but we do not understand the effects it may have on patients---esp if they would have an unknown early cancer? Do not take any chances. Apparently, you can get rx HCG online by a doc------not o-k. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go on the hCG diet while taking methotrexate for sle?

Is it safe to go on the hCG diet while taking methotrexate for sle?

Probably ok but....: It is probably ok but don't do it. Methotrexate is an extremely potent medication with lots of side effects. ...Read more

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I'm a busy mom with 4 kids and a job I don't have time to work out is the hCG diet a safe and effective alternative?

I'm a busy mom with 4 kids and a job I don't have time to work out is the hCG diet a safe and effective alternative?

HCG: My philosophy is that the best way to lose weight is not by dieting or a pill, but by changing your lifestyle to a healthier one. Make small changes. Eat the right portions, eat 3-5 small meals a day, cut back on carbs and sugars, increase lean protein/veggie/fruit/water intake, & start doing some cardiovascular exercise. I know it's tough with the kids, but this a better solution than hcg. ...Read more

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Is the hCG diet healthy? A naturopath suggested it to me, but I'm skeptical. I have been hearing a lot about this lately and I've heard from some medical professionals that it's totally safe with no side effects. I want to have a baby soon but want to los

Is the hCG diet healthy? A naturopath suggested it to me, but I'm skeptical. I have been hearing a lot about this lately and I've heard from some medical professionals that it's totally safe with no side effects. I want to have a baby soon but want to los

Who knows?: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful. Watch your $$$ ...Read more

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Is hCG diet safe for me? I'm a case if ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and chemo in 2007.I've read that it can trigger another cancer.

Is hCG diet safe for me? I'm a case if ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and chemo in 2007.I've read that it can trigger another cancer.

Don't worry: This is an extreme calorie restricted diet -- which is the only reason it works -- and you also spend a chuck of money for a placebo "hcg". I am glad you seems to have had a favorable outcome with your tumor and hope you will improve the quality of your survival by taking an interest in real physical fitness, not fad diets. You deserve the best -- give yourself this gift. ...Read more

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Is hCG diet safe for me? Ovarian cancer 2007, total hysterectomy and chemo done. I'm 38 years old, 5 feet, 67kgs.

Is hCG diet safe for me? Ovarian cancer 2007, total hysterectomy and chemo done. I'm 38 years old, 5 feet, 67kgs.

Bad choice: The HCG diet prescribes a severely calorie-restricted diet and prescribes a pricey placebo to go with it, then attributes the success of the diet to the placebo. You are smart enough to realize that (1) you don't need this, and (2) the way to achieve the body you want is by changing your lifestyle & how you think about food and fitness. Congratulations on seeking a better life after a cancer cure. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use the hCG diet? I am a case of ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and 6 cycles chemo last 2007.I'm 5 feet tall, 67 kilos.

Is it safe to use the hCG diet? I am a case of ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and 6 cycles chemo last 2007.I'm 5 feet tall, 67 kilos.

Yes: I will probably take heat for this but I am one of those doctors that believes in the HCG diet. I've not seen any patient have trouble or deleterious health effects from this weight loss. If followed, weight loss does occur. Most gain their weight back afterwards because they don't follow a maintenance plan for the 3 weeks after finishing hcg. If you do, the weight stays off. ...Read more

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Your opinion on HCG diet injections? Is it HCG that makes you lose weight or the 500 calorie a day intake? Is it safe to take with wellbutrin (bupropion) & Zoloft

Your opinion on HCG diet injections? Is it HCG that makes you lose weight or the 500 calorie a day intake? Is it safe to take with wellbutrin (bupropion) & Zoloft

Lo cal diet: Pregnant women have extremely high levels of HCG, yet they gain weight normally. I would not recommend HCG injections for weight loss. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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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Can I stop hCG diet early?

Can I stop hCG diet early?

Yes: You will likely lose benefits if you stop all together. You can pause the diet for a set time and than resume it. Best to see a qualified physician to do this diet the right way. Too many physicians state this diet is dangerous but lack the training necessary to administer it correctly. ...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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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?

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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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