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HCG diet traps and dangers

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Mark Dilworth

Healthy, maintainable and enjoyable eating habits are better than the HCG Diet any day of the week. Whenever you primarily base your body transformation goals on just "weight loss," that is a major mistake because you might try desperate measures.

Don't use the HCG Diet (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) to reach your fat loss and permanent weight loss goals! Yes, you might lose major weight in a short time with the HCG Diet. But, as soon as you begin to eat regularly, you will regain that weight (and even more). You will be a yo-yo dieter. Your health will suffer.

You cannot lose 45-50 pounds in 20 days without losing muscle mass. Don't do the HCG Diet or any similar fad diet. In fact, most of your weight loss will be muscle mass, which is your top fat-burning tool.

Don't look for short-term weight loss solutions. Fat loss is more important than weight loss. And, you will be healthier and leaner by burning fat, building muscle, eating healthy and losing weight (and keeping it off).

When quick weight loss is your goal, you will not look healthy because you are starving your body and your body begins to feed on itself. Your valuable muscle mass takes the hit.

HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy by the cells that form the placenta. It is associated with pregnancy, but it is present in both males and females. HCG signals the hypothalamus (area of the brain that affects metabolism) to mobilize fat stores.

The HCG Diet says you will lose 1-3 pounds per day using daily HCG injections and low caloric intake, like 500 calories a day. This is severe calorie restriction! Your brain can't function normally with this type of calorie restriction. Your body will adapt causing you to store fat and slow down your metabolism. You won't have enough energy to function properly. Is that what you want?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved HCG for weight loss. Since 1975, the FDA has required all advertising of HCG to state the following:

“HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or ‘normal’ distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”

“HCG is a hormone extracted from urine of pregnant women. It is approved by FDA for treatment of certain problems of the male reproductive system and in stimulating ovulation in women who have had difficulty becoming pregnant. No evidence has been presented, however, to substantiate claims for HCG as a weight-loss aid.”

There are a host of side effects due to HCG use for weight loss which includes dizziness, headaches, nausea, swelling, depression, etc. Who wants that?

Try this time-tested and proven fat loss and weight loss method: eat healthy, do consistent strength training and consistent interval cardio training. What you will get is fat loss, weight loss and a lean, healthy body for life. And, you will feel great!

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