Diet and Nutrition

Popular Diets That Don't Work

The HCG Diet: Gallstones, Irregular Heartbeat & Depression

The HCG Diet or human chorionic gonadotropin diet which requires you to eat less than 500 calories per day is not only unhealthy- it is near impossible. The HCG diet is approved to treat fertility problems, as HCG is a hormone that helps women conceive. But, it is also associated with dangerous side effects such as gallstone formation, depression, irregular heartbeat and more.  Eating only 500 calories per day, alongside an injection of the the HCG hormone tops the list as one of the most grueling and unmanageable diets.   According to Dr. Oz, "Critics of the diet have maintained that the weight lost can't be kept off. The HCG Diet has also had some odd rules." By the protocol now, those who participate in this diet may not realize that they are not receiving the proper amount of nutrition and that this diet should only be done under the supervision of a physician. 

Here are a few things that you should be wary of when looking into this diet:

  • While HCG reduces that hungry feeling and helps balance the body's hormones, you should only take these injections if they are prescribed by a doctor and under medical supervision. This is the only proven method where HCG is effective, so if you take pills, sprays, or drops of HCG, you are not getting any of the benefits. 
  • The HCG Diet should revolve around you, and you alone. Your medical history, age, and gender can change the restrictions on the diet because it should customized for you.
  • Though exercise goes against the rules of the diet, you should still exercise properly. The diet is meant so that you do not lose any muscular mass, which is possible, but exercise will help prevent muscle loss.