The Fancy Starvation Diet
The hCG diet is based on a hormone, known as Human Chorionic Gonadatropin, that is believed to burn fat when combined with an ultra low calorie diet of below 500 calories per day, or about the amount of calories that those that those with anorexia eat. The FDA has ruled that claims that fat loss occurs with hCG are fraudulent and illegal. However, it is still possible to acquire the drug in a medical setting by prescription, even though there is currently no medical evidence that supports its use.
The hCG diet is a great example of pseudoscientific weight loss – attributing weight loss to something beyond science. Many people have gone into the hCG diet as skeptics, only to argue that it does work because they lost a lot of weight. However, the actual reasons for their weight loss were the following:
- They consumed very few calories.
That’s it. The hCG diet has the same effect as starvation. If you starve yourself, you will lose weight, but you’ll do so in the most unhealthy way possible. You’ll also run the risk of regaining that weight once you quit the diet, as starvation diets slow metabolism in such a way that you can actually gain weight faster than before you dieted.
Alternative Medical Weight Loss
hCG Diets work in the senses that you lose weight because you’re not eating. But they don’t provide healthy weight loss, or sustainable weight loss, and they are not medically sound despite being prescribed by doctors.
There are plenty of alternative medical weight loss techniques on the market today that do work and should be considered long before an hCG diet. If you’re interested in learning more about healthy Newport Beach medical weight loss techniques, contact us today at 949-644-2442.