Dangerous HCG Diet Side Effects

November 12, 2012

Dangerous HCG Diet Side Effects

The HCG diet is a highly controversial crash diet where participants eat only abut 500 calories per day and take a hormone produced by pregnant women called human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG or hCG). Nutritionists are the most respected medical organizations on the planet condemn this diet for its dangerous HCG side effects. The United States has banned many HCG diet products due to concerns for HCG side effects.

They also point out that taking HCG has absolutely no known weight loss benefits. If But these hormones are extremely expensive. They are given in homeopathic concentrated drops and injections. Followers claim that HCG is essential for suppressing the appetite. Medical experts point out that this is a false claim and puts people at unnecessary risk of HCG side effects.

But Can You Lose Weight

Many people refuse to listen to repeated warning about HCG diet side effects and continue to follow this dangerous and unproven diet. Proponents of the HCG diet claim you can lose 2 pounds per day. Medical experts agree that people can lose weight quickly on the HCG diet – but that is because the dieters are not eating enough calories to survive.

The average office-working adult needs an average of 2000 calories per day. People who are very active or pregnant women need more. Women usually need about 200 calories fewer than the average male, unless they are extremely active (such as training for a marathon), pregnant or nursing. Sticking to a diet of 500 or even 550 calories per day means that your body will begin to eat itself in order to stay alive.

Short Term Dangers

These are the most common dangerous physical HCG side effects are fainting, severe headaches, bone loss, muscle loss and dehydration. Fainting can happen at any time, including when a dieter is driving a car. Pregnant women should never go on this diet as their bodies may spontaneously abort or the baby may be born with severe birth defects such as rickets due to malnutrition.

Symptoms of dehydration include severe headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dry mouth, passing dark urine, extreme confusion and tenting of the skin. Normally, when you pinch a bit of skin and then let go, it immediately bounces back. But a dehydrated person’s pinched skin stays up like a tent. If a dehydrated person is not treated, he or she can die.

Long Term Dangers

HCG diet side effects can show up months or years after the diet. Whenever anyone goes on a crash diet, this puts a tremendous strain on the liver and gall bladder. The body first eliminates excess fluid, then breaks into muscles before depleting fat deposits. But when the body relies on these fat deposits, this huge fat dump can damage the two organs that digest fat – the liver and gall bladder. People who go on extreme diets are more prone to getting potentially deadly gall stones and suffering from kidney problems.

Other known HCG side effects include thinning hair, baldness, skin problems, brittle nails, leg cramps, blood clots, chronic fatigue, constipation, irregular periods in women and infertility.


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