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Is the HCG diet really bad for your health?

Another day, another fad, another diet?  The HCG diet can be dangerous, state some web sites which have sprung up for the express purpose of denigrating the diet.

One of these states that “there is even more bad information being spread by misinformed people and peddlers of other diets trying to convince you their diet is “better” or safer. And all of these people have zero experience with the diet and have never gone on the diet themselves.”

One has to ask how the author of that comment ‘knows’ that “all of these people have zero experience with the diet”. Perhaps he is one of those peddlers of misinformation or unreliable information?

The main arguments against the HCG diet seem to be that:

  • Injections are unsafe
  • Some are tempted to source HCG from internet vendors, rather than from doctors
  • A 500 calorie diet can lead to malnutrition

It is true that sourcing HCG from unknown, untried vendors on the internet – whose wares are equally questionable – is a risky business which one would be unwise to attempt. However, one can avoid the dangers of self-injection entirely by taking HCG drops, instead. This option is frequently far cheaper than injections and more convenient and less uncomfortable for the dieter.

It is also true that a 500-calorie-per-day diet can lead to malnutrition – if the dieter has not followed advice in the pre-diet preparation stage and if he does not eat a variety of fresh, whole organic foods from the list of approved foodstuffs stipulated in Phase 2, then malnutrition is a possibility. Dieters should be aware of that fact and undertake to understand the diet and the reasoning that underpins the regime before embarking on it.

But what of other health risks?

In his book, The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, Kevin Trudeau cites risks which are worth noting:

  • The colic-prone can experience more frequent colic attacks when taking BCG, which might necessitate an operation. However, the weight loss resulting from a successful BCG diet regime is a mitigating factor as the obese are more likely to suffer colic and gall stones than slimmer individuals. Prior gall bladder flushes or treatment to increase the flow of bile reduces the incidence of such episodes.
  • The whole point of the HCG diet is to deplete the body’s fat store and so reduce the likelihood of the dieter gaining weight on course completion.  So, when nearing the end of the BCG diet regime, it is quite common for people to experience hypoglycaemic attacks, due to the fact that the store of body fat (and therefore, the body’s major supply of nutrients) is greatly reduced.

Such hypoglycaemic attacks can be almost instantly relieved by taking two heaped teaspoons of sugar, which appears to prevent further attacks in the days following. Trudeau suggests that dieters keep sugar or glucose sweets handy.

Nothing in life is without risk. But knowing the risks and managing them, can diminish them to the point of their virtual elimination.

Given the potential health gains for the dangerously obese, the risks of obesity far outweigh any risks of the HCG diet. What’s more, the latter’s risks can be easily managed, whereas the same cannot be said of the former.

 

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