Hi, my name is Lisa Moscovitz and I'm a registered dietician. I'm certified in the state of New York with a private practice on the upper-East side. I specialize in weight managment, exercise and sports nutrition. And I'll be talking to you about diets.
The HCG diet: What is it?
HCG is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy which breaks down fat stores and makes the nutrients available to the fetus for growth and development. One doctor got in his head that if this hormone promotes fat break-down, why not give it to people who are looking to lose weight? What you do is you inject yourself with this hormone so that your body ends up breaking down fat which promotes weight loss and at the same time, your eating a 500 calorie diet. 500 calories will absolutely lead to weight loss. This particular program claims HCG hormone will help regulate your appetite and control those hunger pains that you would normally feel with a very low calorie diet.
I don't think its personally safe to follow this long term. I think that its not really a great way to have long and safe/effective weight loss. 500 calories is very low and I think your better off eating a wide variety of foods, making sure your getting in all your nutrients and doing without the supplemental hormone injections.