Controversy Over HCG Diet

The HCG Diet has plenty of proponents who say the diet works; the weight loss plan also has opponents who claim fraud. Who’s right?

When it comes to health related issues, it often seems like everyone has to have their say. And each opinion that comes to light seems to contradict someone else’s. All these opposing ideas can be confusing. Who is right? What ideas are actually valid? Are our lifestyle choices really as dangerous as some people make them out to be?

A Rough and Bumpy Road to Weight Loss

Ever since Eve complained about her fig leaf fitting too snugly, dieting has been a way of life. The combination of our obsessive dedication to appearance and our hectic lifestyles has driven the dieting trends in one direction – weight loss must be quick and easy.

As a result, new strategies pop up nearly every day, each one claiming to assist weight loss hopefuls shed pounds overnight while exerting little to no effort. The history of weight loss is riddled with short-lived – and often bizarre – trends.

In the 1920s, a product called reducing soap was actually toted as a viable weight loss product. Supposedly, this wonder cleanser would eradicate fat on any part of the body – rub it in and watch the pounds wash away! Even more remarkably, desperate individuals sought the assistance of tapeworms. Just swallow a tapeworm and let him munch away all those calories you don’t want to keep hanging around! And that trend lingered for nearly three decades!

We all know the tried-and-true way to lose weight is to simply consume fewer calories than our body burns each day. However, that task is easier said than done. Many people need help accomplishing that task, whether it is through the implementation of a restricted diet or a weight loss product. Much of the controversy that surrounds weight loss is a direct result of these diets and products. And often times, a diet or weight loss product in and of itself isn’t dangerous; constantly pushing the weight loss goal higher and relentlessly, aggressively using a weight loss tool is dangerous. That leads us to the question: do these weight loss crutches help or hinder our overall health?

The Pros and Cons of HCG Diet

HCG Diet

Each time a weight loss fad emerges, it is subject to the same vicious cycle. First, it gains popularity among weight loss hopefuls. Those success stories start sharing the news with others. Then, more people jump on the bandwagon. Soon, the miracle product/plan draws attention from the media. The media, as is custom, will draw out both the good and bad stories. If the amount of negative attention outweighs the positive, the former prom queen of weight loss will fall from grace.

Currently, this vicious cycle is at work on the HCG diet. Both proponents and opponents of the diet want to have their say. The HCG diet is weathering the storm though, as these two camps voice their opinion.

Proponents of the diet are numerous and their arguments are hard to dispute. First, the HCG diet isn’t just a passing fad. The concept first appeared in 1930 and reached the mainstream population in 1954. Any weight loss craze that has stuck around for decades must produce desirable results. The actual hormone itself can’t be harmful to the body if it is present during pregnancy – neither the woman or fetus suffer ill effects.

Currently, it appears that the only opponents of the HCG diet are primarily limited to the FDA. We’ve all heard they claim the weight loss plan is “fraudulent.” They feel any weight loss that is actually achieved is a result of the ultra-low calorie diet and the use of HCG is supposedly irrelevant.

To throw a bit of devil’s advocate into the mix, there are three things to note about the FDA’s statement. First, their warning applies to homeopathic and over-the-counter products. Second, HCG has been approved by the FDA to treat infertility in males and females; therefore, it isn’t unsafe. Third, the FDA statements notes, “there is no supportive evidence that HCG is effective for weight loss.” That remark could be interpreted as the research completed to date is not adequate and claims, at this point, are premature.

In the end, the HCG diet is just like any other health-related issue; you must personally weigh the pros and cons, which strategy will be most effective for you? Which weight loss plan fits into your lifestyle the best? How can you reach your weight loss goals safely?

Maybe you’ve tried the HCG diet and found success. Maybe you’re waiting for more research to surface before giving it a try. Whatever your feelings on the topic, we want to hear from you. Let us know what you think!

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