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Where Can I Find Information on the Use of Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) for Weight Loss?

      Every year brings diet books, gimmicks, and so-called miracles for weight loss. Many of these approaches are not new but ideas that have been recirculated time and again—sometimes with a new twist, sometimes not. Consider the recent revival of a weight loss diet based on human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), a hormone produced in pregnancy. As a prescribed drug, hCG is used to treat infertility. According to an online review of an hCG diet, which was first introduced decades ago, claims were made that hCG injections enabled dieters to subsist comfortably on a 500-calorie-a-day intake as hCG mobilized stored fat, suppressed appetite, and redistributed fat from the waist, hips, and thighs (
      • Barrett S.
      HCG worthless as weight-loss aid Diet Scam Watch Web site.
      ). Today, the severe calorie restriction might be combined with hCG injections or sublingual hCG supplements. But is there any research to support the claim that injections or oral supplements of hCG contribute to weight loss beyond a daily 500-calorie allowance? Per the review by Stephen Barrett, MD, which includes 18 references: “No research exists to supports these claims” (
      • Barrett S.
      HCG worthless as weight-loss aid Diet Scam Watch Web site.
      ).
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