Discredited hCG diet making a comeback

The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune reported that the “long-discredited” human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) “diet is making a comeback, and the renewed interest has spawned a cottage industry for products that haven’t been tested for quality, safety or efficacy, including drops and sprays.” What’s more, the diet is “making inroads in integrative clinics headed by medical doctors, where it’s offered as part of a ‘medically supervised’ weight loss plan.”

People on the diet eat no more than 500 calories daily for six weeks while regularly injecting themselves with hCG.

To date, most researchers have found no evidence that hCG makes the diet work and instead theorize that weight loss results from the extreme restriction of calories.

Here are my previous posts on the topic:

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