Celebs like Britney Spears and the Jersey Shore‘s J-Woww and Snooki have all been on this bandwagon where for a month you only take in 500 calories each day and inject a hormone called HCG. A new diet trend or just an eating disorder?
The HCG diet is the latest and perhaps most controversial diet to hit the market. It allows you only 3 ounces of meat, two vegetables, and a serving of bread for lunch and dinner (meaning nothing for breakfast) for a total maximum of 500 calories a day. And you couple that with a daily injection or pill full of the HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) hormone.
Women create HCG naturally in their placenta when they’re pregnant, and it’s used to treat infertility issues. But the dieters claim that it prevents hunger and stops the body from going into “starvation mode.”
Which it normally would, considering you are supposed to consume around 1,800 calories a day. But with the restricted diet it has been reported that you’ll experience weight loss of up to 1-3 pounds a day.
Sound too good to be true? That’s because it is.
Registered dietician Micah Wing explained that the lack of nutrition forces the body to slow down your metabolism, meaning that you will most certainly gain all the wight back (and then some!). “You’ve slowed down your metabolism, you’ve lost your lean muscle mass and now in place of it, you’ve added fat mass for storage because your body thinks it needs to store up for the next starvation mode,” Wing said.
And the hormone itself is no miracle drug, as Dr. Brian Eades, an OB/GYN, said, “It can really mess up your cycles and create abnormal ovulations. There is some evidence if you’re very early pregnant and exposed to it that it can increase your risk of miscarriages and also cause birth defects.”
But in spite of these adverse effects, the diet is being praised for the emphasis on no processed food and the rapid weight loss results.
So, what do you all think of the HCG diet? Is it worth the risk or should celebs stop endorsing it?
Via News Channel 10