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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

HCG Weight Loss - User Beware!

History of HCG Weight Loss Products

In 1954, Dr. Simeons, a researcher, discovered the link between the pregnancy hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and weight. Participants in his study reported decreased appetite and overall feelings of health while on HCG. Dr. Simeons linked these findings to the potential that participants would remain on HCG weight loss programs longer which would produce better results. A confounding outcome of the study was actual reduction in weight. However, participants were also placed on a very low calorie diet while being administered the HCG supplement intramuscularly. The 500 calorie diet was thought to produce the actual reduction in weight while the HCG added support through reducing feelings of hunger and increasing feelings of well-being. Over the years, additional research failed to support similar findings.

In 2007, a professional marketer wrote a book implicating HCG as the cure for overweight and obesity. The Federal Trade Commission soon discounted this claim and imposed fines of $37 million against the company that promoted the book citing fraudulent statements.

In 2010, a United States patent was granted for HCG in the use to facilitate weight loss. While the patent application clearly notes the importance of following the very low 500 calorie diet, the inventor was granted the rights to the method of administration of HCG in the form of a lozenge which is self-administered under the tongue. This provided the way for patients to no longer receive the hormone through a painful injection. Since the approval of the lozenge, another form became available on the Internet and through retailers. The new liquid form provides further convenience as the user self-administers the hormone under the tongue with the use of a dropper. While the lozenge form needs a prescription, the liquid form is readily available for purchase without a doctor. In addition, no patent was noted for the new liquid form which raises the concern as to the integrity of the product.

Controversy

There is much controversy among HCG weight loss products. First, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve HCG for the use of weight reduction and yet physicians continue to prescribe the hormone for this purpose. This may confuse patients and dieters. The rationale behind this practice is that once a drug or supplement gains FDA approval, a doctor may prescribe it for "non-label" use. Non-label use may or may not be supported by research. Therefore, the patient must be closely monitored for side-effects. Also, because scientific evidence is lacking, long-term use of the drug or supplement for non-label use is unknown. For this reason, the user must beware of the potential hazards and report abnormal findings immediately to the prescribing doctor.

HCG weight loss products are the latest fad. As with any fad, this will fade as dieters quickly learn the marketing of these products may have led them to believe that weight loss is simple and quick. While long-term weight loss is easily achievable, there is nothing simple or quick about the process. As any long-term weight loss loser knows, permanent weight management relies on understanding your unique causes of your unhealthy eating habits and developing healthy plans to overcome them. These healthy lifestyle plans take time to adjust to as you unlearn bad habits and practice new ones to ensure your long-term success. In the end, each successful weight loser comes to realize that the latest fad simply drains your finances and your self-esteem; this includes the HCG weight loss programs sweeping the nation.

Georgene Dana Collins, PhD, RN is a Health Coach certified in Nutrition, Wellness and Weight Management who educates the public on weight loss and specializes in permanent weight management. With her long-term weight management strategies, Georgene maintains a weight loss of over 140 pounds since 2005. You can learn more about weight loss and weight management strategies at http://www.learnhowtoloseweightnow.org.

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