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hCG Diet Stirs Health Debate

Get Free iOS apps by email! Like us on Facebook! Visit the official Mahalo page: Women are always finding a trendy, new miracle diet to shed the pounds. Ironically, it appears that a trendy, old diet is all the rage in recent weeks. The hCG Diet was developed over 50 years ago by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in Rome and involves taking injections while reducing calorie intake to 500 per day. The injections consist of the hCG hormone -- which is naturally present in a woman's body when she is pregnant. The injections must be administered in a doctor's office and the entire program can cost $1000 a month, the New York Times reported. While hCG is approved by the FDA for fertility use, it has not been approved for weight loss. Despite the diet's rising popularity, many doctors question its effectiveness and safety. Eating less than 500 calories a day can make it hard to meet daily nutritional goals, forcing the body to burn muscle instead of fat, according to WebMD. On his website, Dr. Oz warns would-be patients that the diet can cause hair loss, constipation and gallstones, a painful condition that often requires surgery. hCG is not just used for weight loss. Because it can increase muscle mass, athletes have also turned to it. Most notably, baseball star Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50 games after tests revealed he used the hormone in 2009. Creative Commons Images:
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