HCG Diet Scam—The Truth Behind The Diet Has Been Unleashed

The HCG diet has long been condemned by the FDA and the HCG diet scam has now been unleashed which is widely being popularized to create awareness among its faithful followers. Although the HCG diet does help in cutting down the extra piled up fat, the truth about how this happens is quite alarming from the health point of view.

What actually is HCG?

Before the HCG diet scam surfaced, people used to consider HCG as a weight loss miracle. The idea was first proposed in 1930 when doctor A.T.W Simeons studied some of the pregnant women and discovered the HCG mechanism. He then postulated that HCG helped converting fat into nutrition in pregnant women. HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone produced by the body of a pregnant woman. Doctor Simeons spread the idea that HCG could be used to cure obesity in general, and since then the drug has been in use for weight loss treatment.

What is involved in HCG diet scam?

HCG diet claims to burn unwanted fat reserves piled up in the body, and the diet plan recommended by HCG followers involves daily HCG dosage, usually in the form of injections. Along with the HCG drug dosage, the daily calorie intake is strictly limited to 500 calories only. Coconut oil is to be used extensively during the entire diet plan. In addition to this, a variety of detoxing drugs are also prescribed. The entire diet plan is conducted in three phases in which the body is first prepared for the incoming drug and related fat loss, and the next phase covers the actual treatment with HCG and starvation. And finally, the last phase includes maintenance and follows up. This diet plan has wide ranging adverse effects on the body in the long term. The daily HCG dosage costs around $600 monthly, no matter which vendor you choose to buy from.

Among other frauds by different vendors promoting the same scheme, the pure biotix HCG scams are the most observed ones. Most of the people who have tried pure biotix are completely unsatisfied with their product. It is also believed to have certain unbearable side effects and health hazards.


Homeopathic HCG scam


Over the counter HCG homeopathic drugs are said to contain the real HCG hormone. The hormone itself is used to treat fertility problems in women but oral consumption of HCG sprays, pills or liquid is found to have no effect on weight loss. FDA strictly prohibits the use of HCG homeopathic drugs available in local drug stores or over the internet. Homeopathic drug vendors claim that the real hormone is diluted and converted into usable drugs for effective weight loss. However, the FDA condemns all such drugs for containing just water and no real hormone. The whole thing is declared to be an HCG diet scam as well as an economic scam. FDA has marked all such products as illegal.

HCG diet scam dangers

HCG diet scam is not just a harmless fraud; it does have its disadvantages. Let’s take a look at what these dangers are:

  • Starvation: 500 calories per day is dangerous for the human body. The brain alone needs 600 calories per day to work fully. Starving your body results in reduction in muscle mass and a reduced metabolic rate. This will obviously reduce weight but the costs outweigh the benefits. Moreover, the weight loss is only temporary.
  • Impractical plan: The main aspect of the HCG diet scam is that it is too difficult to follow; most people who start this plan fail to complete it and this way the blame is safely taken away from the diet plan and falls on the user. As a result, a huge amount of money is lost and a sense of failure burdens the user.
  • Not safe: the main concern in HCG diet scam is that it deprives the body of even the baseline nutritional needs, which can lead to serious illness. This is similar to slow killing of all your bodily organs. Moreover, the continuous use of detox and flushes adversely affect the bowel system and food absorption in the blood. As a result, your body’s immunity is destroyed. Moreover, people who are sensitive to problems like hypertension, blood pressure or high cholesterol should never fall for such frauds as the drastic weight loss and decreased food consumption can trigger such health issues.
  • Reduced quality of life: HCG diet scam claims that it will change your eating habits and you won’t be addicted to food anymore. What it actually does, however, is reduce the quality of life by depriving the body of essential and healthy food.
  • Expensive plan: The cost of daily HCG dosage, which is 125 UI, and detox drugs total up to a heavy amount.
  • Long term fat gain: One of the biggest disadvantages of HCG weight loss plans is the long term weight gain. Starving your body will lead to short term weight loss but long term suppressing of metabolism will ultimately bring back all the lost fat.

Side Effects of HCG diet

HCG diet has some serious side effects, including:

  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  •  Birth deformities if consumed during pregnancy
  • Early puberty
  • edema
  • cancer of prostrate
  • unbearable pelvic pain
  • Swelling in the limbs
  • Stomach pain
  • stomach swelling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting
  • Disrupted bowel function
  • nausea
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Long term weight gain
  • Breast tenderness and swelling

Although the drug is approved for treating fertility problems, it does come with all the above mentioned side effects. It is most harmful for fetus development so pregnant women should never consume it.

Why HCG diet works?

It is not possible that a drug gains so much popularity without showing at least some of the claimed results. It does work; it does help in reducing weight and that too very quickly. But the main thing that works in the HCG diet scam is the starvation. Consuming only 500 calories per day will obviously make you lose weight; there is no “miracle” in this simplistic concept. However, the cost your body has to pay in order to get rid of the unwanted fat is quite high.

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