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Can eating 500 calories a day be healthy?

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One of the newest weight lost crazes is the HCG diet. The Indy Channel reported on Nov. 8, 2013, that people have reported losing up to 40 pounds in 40 days on this strict diet. So, what is entailed in this extreme diet?

Apparently, the dieter either receives injections, drinks droplets, or uses a nasal spray with the HCG hormone, which is the hormone naturally produced by women. When a woman is pregnant, her HCG hormone gradually increases. The makers of the HCG therapy claim that the hormone will burn from 1,200 to 4,000 calories a day, resulting in amazing weight loss for the weight loss participants. So, what is the catch?

The participants in the program are told to stick to a strict 500 calorie diet each day. The diet works by forcing your body in starvation mode, and then increasing your metabolism with the HCG hormone allowing you to lose one pound a day, or possibly more.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the HCG hormone for weight loss only fertility treatments. Experts caution diets like this one are too extreme and can cause health problems. It is only safe to lose up to two pounds a week, not seven or more unless under medical supervision.

The FDA urges consumers that they should not use products labeled as HCG hormone through the internet or store shelves. HCG hormone therapy is only available through a qualified physician.

Have you tried the HCG diet? What were your results?

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