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HCG Diet Dangers and Risks

Created: 2013-03-27

Dieting can be dangerous if following a program that calls for food deprivation or extreme exercise. Fast weight loss has always been considered dangerous as it requires near starvation practices to drop the pounds while at the same time the necessary vitamins and nutrients are not introduced to the body on a daily basis.

The HCG diets have been the subject of scrutiny and discussion regarding the effectiveness of the programs and how safe they are for the human body. While some medical professionals warn of HCG diet dangers, people who actually use the product and complete the weight loss program, swear by the product that has delivered the goods, namely weight loss. HCG diet drops have been called a scam and, not only carries too many health risks, is considered ineffective for long term weight loss by the medical profession.

HCG has received product approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of infertility in men and women, but has been used as in weight loss supplements since the early 1950’s. HCG works with a low calorie diet of 500 to 1,200 calories and the low calories are considered near starvation conditions.

Medical professionals warn of the dangers of HCG drops because they are only effective with a low calorie meal, depriving the dieter of much needed daily nutrition. Medical professionals also claim just eating a low calorie meals will result in weight loss without the HCG diet drops. Detractors of the HCG diet claim the dangers of HCG are a victim of the power of suggestion. Weight loss participants are so eager to lose weight and the HCG diet presents a very easy, simple and quick way to do that, dieters are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt, the supplement will help them maintain a near starvation diet in the name of weight loss.

The dangers of HCG diet are described as constipation, leg cramps, blood clots, headaches, temporary thinning of the hair and tenderness of the breasts. One report received by the FDA is a claim an HCG weight loss participant suffered a pulmonary embolism. While there is no data to prove HCG diet drops dangers include heart attack or strokes, the consensus of opinion is using HCG as a weight loss supplement with a low in calorie meal plan could have unexpected and long term side effects.

It has been proven that low in calorie diets can be the cause of severe muscle and bone loss, imbalance of the electrolytes, gall stones and the ultimately penalty for starvation, death.