Why Weight Loss Programs Hate HCG

Some people believe you should try HCG as a part of your weight loss program! It is a chemical that it rumored to help your weight loss. Any weight loss technique that is not 100% natural is not 100% effective!

HCG. It doesn’t stand for harmless, cute and giggle-worthy. HCG, human chorionic gonadotropin, stands for a chemical that is in pregnant women, which makes them burn calories faster. But for decades, HCG has been prescribed by doctors for weight loss in what is called the Simeons Therapy, a combination of HCG injections and a 500-calorie diet, even though HCG is not approved as a weight loss mechanism. Lately, it seems, HCG is becoming the new form of weight loss pills: A chemical mix of chaos that will make you lose weight in the short term, but has had severe long-term side effects in more than a couple users. And while birdies can be fun to twitter with, after reading this you may ask them to stick to Spring songs.


The reason HCG makes you lose weight in the short term is that it tricks your body into thinking it’s pregnant. Appetite is suppressed and metabolism speeds up. However, HCG can have many detrimental after affects that suggest it is not a safe weight loss method:

  • Manic Episodes and Hormonal Imbalances: One study recently investigated a 32-year-old woman who had never had manic depression. After ten weeks taking the medication, she became so manic depressive that she had to be hospitalized. Ten days of detoxification later, she was fine again. While the people in the study agree that there is no definite certainty that HCG leads to manic depression, there does appear to be some sort of link. On this note, HCG can cause typical hormonal emotional imbalances that are sometimes witnessed in pregnant women.
  • Hyperthyroidism: High HCG levels in pregnant women cause hyperthyroidism, and medical sites warn that it can crop up when you use artificial HCG too. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include:
  1. Irregular and/or rapid heartbeat
  2. Menstrual irregularities
  3. Sweating
  4. Anxiety
  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome: While beginning symptoms of OHSS include stomach bloating and nausea, it can lead to worsening symptoms, such as vomiting and trouble breathing, and in severe cases can damage organs and result in blood clots

If you have struggled with your weight for a long time, a little birdie may be trying to helpfully tweet in your ear that HCG is much safer than it sounds, and is great for rapid and safe weight loss. What this rather rude feathery creature may not realize is that the HCG can of worms was bad from the start: According to a paper that analyzed and summarized 20 different studies of the drug’s effects on obesity with the Simeon Therapy diet, HCG is not actually effective for weight loss, even when it makes you restrict calories!!

Yes, HCG in the short term will make you drop weight, but by the time the studies collected outcome data on study subjects, the average weight difference was infinitesimally small across the board. So while the worms that your loud and colorful bird friend pushes on you may or may not poison you, it will certainly not be as good as a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Also, did you know that sometimes HCG that is used for injections is extracted from pregnant women’s urine? While there is no indication online that HCG spreads transmittable diseases, it is worth considering that you are putting someone else’s bodily fluids into your own body, and that in fact there are still very few research studies out there specifically documenting the effects of HCG when injected in obese women. As an informal blog, we only can warn you so much, but what we will say is, we really, really don’t like that birdie.


We know, we know. A diet that convinces your body to only eat 500 calories sounds like music to your ears. It sounded that way to us too. But this diet is only good for temporary, short-term weight loss, and that’s not good at all. It doesn’t work for long-term weight loss for the same reason that any crash diet doesn’t: When you have that few calories, your body thinks it is starving and stores food in the fat cells, creating old body fat as soon as you resume eating…and sometimes creating more fat than there was before. So as much as you may like that birdie, toss it some seeds, ditch the HCG, and start on good weight loss programs!

Read More : 6 Secrets to Losing Weight Naturally

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