HCG Weight Loss Centers under ScrutinyPosted: December 16, 2011 in Obesity Medicine by Craig Primack MD FACP
If you are considering HCG weight loss in Scottsdale, you should know that HCG is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for weight loss purposes. Although some weight loss centers advertise diets using this drug or homeopathic versions of this product for weight loss, HCG, also called hormone chorionic gonadatropin, is a prescription medication approved for use by people who have abnormalities of the ovaries or testicles that are affecting their fertility. The FDA has never ruled hCG as a safe method of medical weight loss.
Diets promoting the use of HCG tend to be very low in calories, which may be the reason why people on these diets lose weight. People following this diet say the injections help keep them from feeling hungry and cause the body to use fat for fuel rather than muscle. However, there are no study results as of yet that back up these claims.
The weight loss experienced by people who follow this diet is consistent with the weight loss experienced on any other diet that only allows people to consume 500 calories per day. This type weight loss is very rarely sustainable. Those who do lose weight through the hCG diet are very likely to gain their excess weight back over time. Consuming less than 1,200 calories per day can lead to adverse effects, including fatigue and nausea.
If you are trying to lose weight in Scottsdale then it is important that you obtain the advice and support of a licensed medical professional. Medical weight loss programs can help you lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way that will help you to keep the weight off for years to come.