Will You Lose Weight with the hCG Diet?

Will you lose weight fast with the hCG diet? Will you lose weight at all?

That’s what a study performed by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tried to discover.

The abstract of the paper quotes:

“Twenty female patients on 500- to 550- kcal diets receiving daily injections of 125 IU of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) were compared with 20 female patients on 500- to 550-kcal diets receiving placebo injections. Patients in both groups were instructed to return for daily injections 6 days each week for a total of 36 injections (unless desired weight was achieved prior to this). The HCG group lost significantly more mean weight, had a significantly greater mean weight loss per injection, and lost a significantly greater mean percentage of their starting weight. The percentage of affirmative daily patient responses indicating “little or no hunger” and “feeling good to excellent” was significantly greater in the HCG group than in the placebo group. Additional investigation of the influence of HCG on weight loss, hunger, and well-being seems indicated.”

The paper goes on to note that even though there has been significant controversy about the use of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) to assist weight loss, it appears to be a safe, effective way of losing weight.

Strictness of diet was one of the main things that patients struggled with, but the ones that perservered saw the best results. Doctors have speculated that the extremely strict nature of the diet could cause patients to be more careful with what they consume, both during the program and afterwards, which can only have positive ramifications.

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