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Can the hCG diet help my hormone imbalances?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Focus on food > fads

After reviewing the scant data from the present HCG diet and the one in the 70s, i still believe a reproductive endocrinologist can comment best on effects of hcg.
Wrt being on the diet when ttc or pregnant, i say avoid lo-cal. There are few times in life when diet matters more. The goal is to have the healthiest body for the healthiest baby. Eating 3 toxin-free balanced meals with snacks is best.

In brief: Focus on food > fads

After reviewing the scant data from the present HCG diet and the one in the 70s, i still believe a reproductive endocrinologist can comment best on effects of hcg.
Wrt being on the diet when ttc or pregnant, i say avoid lo-cal. There are few times in life when diet matters more. The goal is to have the healthiest body for the healthiest baby. Eating 3 toxin-free balanced meals with snacks is best.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Maybe

The HCG diet was originally developed by a.
T.W. Simeons M.D. During the 1940's -1950's. It has been used all over the world for over 50 years. This method is extremely safe & effective when used under the care of an experienced & trained md. Apparently HCG has an effect on your hypothalamus, increasing adiponectin levels & reducing leptin resistance. The method must be followed strictly to work.

In brief: Maybe

The HCG diet was originally developed by a.
T.W. Simeons M.D. During the 1940's -1950's. It has been used all over the world for over 50 years. This method is extremely safe & effective when used under the care of an experienced & trained md. Apparently HCG has an effect on your hypothalamus, increasing adiponectin levels & reducing leptin resistance. The method must be followed strictly to work.
Dr. Michael Rothman
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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine

In brief: Definitely No

The HCG diet is without any proven benefits.
The most common purported benefit is weight loss but this is not true. Sadly like many fads, this is based more on fad science than actual scientific fact. The only part of your body to lose weight with this method is your wallet! and as far as helping hormone imbalances, there is no study, that i'm aware of, that shows this.

In brief: Definitely No

The HCG diet is without any proven benefits.
The most common purported benefit is weight loss but this is not true. Sadly like many fads, this is based more on fad science than actual scientific fact. The only part of your body to lose weight with this method is your wallet! and as far as helping hormone imbalances, there is no study, that i'm aware of, that shows this.
Dr. Kevin Considine
Dr. Kevin Considine
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology

In brief: Sorry No

Fads come and go for weight loss.
The easier the solution the more popular. Unfortunately hcg, which is hormone of pregnancy, according to well controlled scientific studies does not enhance weight loss. Sorry but a money raising gimmick.

In brief: Sorry No

Fads come and go for weight loss.
The easier the solution the more popular. Unfortunately hcg, which is hormone of pregnancy, according to well controlled scientific studies does not enhance weight loss. Sorry but a money raising gimmick.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Dr. Scott Kramer
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

I don't think it is a safe and effective plan.
Try weight watchers and exercise everyday.

In brief: No

I don't think it is a safe and effective plan.
Try weight watchers and exercise everyday.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
the weight loss industry is huge. There are a lot of products and plans that make all sorts of claims. But if you look at the National Weight Loss Registry which is an ongoing survey of over 10,000 people who were obese, lost their weight and successfully kept it off there are only three things in common. They all eat breakfast, they all watch their caloric intake, and they all exercise everyday. If you read a book called The Blue Zones, the author examines the five healthiest cultures/people in the world. These people live to 100 and more at astonishing rates. They don't have diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. All these cultures eat largely a plant-based diet of unprocessed food, they walk five miles a day and they have a positive outlook on life.
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