The HCG diet has not been without controversy, but many people claim it is effective in losing significant amounts of weight, no surgery required. While many doctors believe in the HCG diet, others have remained skeptical. Dr. Mehmet Oz, of the popular afternoon show, The Dr. Oz Show, has been one vocal skeptic of the diet — until recently.
Individuals on the HCG diet eat just 500 calories per day, the reason many doctors say those on the diet experience such extreme weight loss. Dr. Oz says he now believes there may be more to the weight loss than the strict calorie intake.
“I am feeling more comfortable,” he said. “I do feel there’s still a lot we have to learn about why it works, but I’ve got to say it makes a big difference to a lot of people, and it seems to very carefully allow you to lose weight without burning a lot of muscle. That’s a big deal.”
Dr. Oz goes on to say there is no evidence the diet works when the HCG hormone is administered via droplets.Evidence only supports the injectable drug.
The HCG (short for human chorionic gonadotropin hormone) diet combines a low-calorie diet with treatments of the HCG hormone. Those on the diet could lose between one and three pounds per day. Faster weight loss can often be attained with increased vegetable, fiber and water intake. The HCG diet is also known for helping dieters easily maintain long-term weight loss.
The HCG diet should always be administered under the supervision of a medical professional. Prior to beginning the diet, your doctor will order blood tests and perform a general health exam. If you are considering the HCG diet to lose weight, consult with your physician and seek help from a medical professional to administer your diet.