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ABC reports the return of a 1970s diet fad
With one-third of Americans obese and many more overweight, the nation is desperate for a weight-loss miracle. But the return of the hCG diet -- a fad popular in the 1970s that combines daily injections of "human chorionic gonadotropin" and extreme caloric restriction -- has some weight-loss experts worried.
"We're so desperate to have good solutions for weight control that a lot of people with good common sense literally suspend it when it they confront weight-loss claims," Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, said. "This diet is appalling. It takes irresponsible diets to new heights."
HCG is a hormone first produced by the developing embryo and then the placenta during pregnancy to help nourish the womb.
I have heard of women using it to achieve extreme weight loss for fitting into skimpy Caribbean carnival costumes. Trinidad & Tobago's Greatest Show on Earth is set for next Monday and Tuesday and I guess in extreme cases.... also Check out these before-after pics I found online of people who did this crazy diet and lost a bunch of weight after under 30 days, but hormones aside, I would imagine anyone taking in 500 calories a day would lose this much weight! Certainly, it cannot be a long term solution. The things we do for the sake of skinny-ness.Because calories are re-routed from mother to fetus during pregnancy, hCG diet promoters say, injecting the hormone will help curb appetite and allow dieters to get through a day on the energy equivalent of a turkey sandwich.