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HCG DIET

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ATW Simeons Diet, ATW Simeons Method, Dieta HCG, HCG Diet, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Diet, Low Calorie Diet (LCD), Méthode Simeons, Protocole de HCG, Protocole Simeons, Régime HCG, Régime Pauvre en Calories, Régime Très Faible en Calories, Ré...
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HCG DIET Overview
HCG DIET Uses
HCG DIET Side Effects
HCG DIET Interactions
HCG DIET Dosing
HCG DIET Overview Information

The HCG diet is a method of losing weight that combines very little calorie intake and the use of a prescription drug called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). This diet became popular in the 1950s when a London physician speculated that the use of HCG might help weight loss and redistribute fat from the thighs and buttocks to other parts of the body.

How does it work?

The HCG diet combines a very low-calorie diet with the use of a prescription drug called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). The very low-calorie diet usually restricts daily caloric intake to 500-800 calories. This severe calorie restriction can cause short-term weight loss. In the 1950s, a London physician thought that using the drug HCG with calorie restriction could increase weight loss and redistribute fat from the thighs and buttocks to different areas of the body. But studies show that HCG does not do this.

HCG DIET Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Likely Ineffective for:

  • Weight loss. The HCG diet combines a very low-calorie diet of 500-800 calories per day with the use of a prescription drug called HCG. A very low-calorie diet can cause short-term weight loss. However, using the drug HCG does not increase weight loss beyond that caused by the very low-calorie diet alone.

HCG DIET Side Effects & Safety

The very low-calorie diet used in the HCG diet restricts calorie intake to 500-800 calories daily. Because this level of calorie restriction is so severe, this diet should only be used under close medical supervision. Close attention must be paid to ensure adequate nutrient intake. Very low-calorie diets can also cause very fast short-term weight loss. Very rapid weight loss can also increase the chance of developing gallstones.

The drug HCG should also only be used under medical supervision. HCG can cause side effects including headache, fatigue, irritability, restlessness, depression, and fluid retention. Other side effects that have been reported include enlargement and rupture of ovarian cysts, blood clots, testicular tumors, and others.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: The HCG diet is LIKELY UNSAFE when used during pregnancy. The HCG drug used during the HCG diet can cause birth defects.

It is not known if the HCG diet is safe to use during breast-feeding. Until more is known, don't use the HCG diet during breast-feeding.

Prostate cancer: The HCG diet should not be used by men with prostatecancer. The HCG drug used during the HCG diet might make prostate cancer worse.

HCG DIET Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for HCG DIET Interactions

HCG DIET Dosing

The HCG diet combines a very low-calorie diet and the prescription drug HCG. The very low-calorie diet permits only 500-800 calories daily.

HCG may be taken by mouth or given as an injection. HCG is usually given in a dose of 125-200 IU daily.

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