The Hormone Foundation publishes fact sheet about harmful hCG diet

May 20, 2017

In addition to hCG use, the hCG diet also includes a very low-calorie diet that might not provide the more than 40 different nutrients necessary for good health. A very low-calorie diet can cause gallstones, an irregular heartbeat and other health problems. Because of these potential dangers, patients should consult a physician before considering a very low-calorie diet.

"Many people hoping to lose weight will be attracted to a program like the hCG diet because of its quick weight loss promises, but these promises are hollow," said Anawalt. "Doctors agree the best way to lose extra pounds and keep them off is to eat a healthy diet with plenty of whole grains, vegetables and fresh fruits, and to limit fried foods or fatty meat products. Drink water instead of sugary sodas and be sure to exercise for 30 minutes a day, most days of the week."

Source: The Hormone Foundation

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