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Is HCG hormone shots safe to take for weight loss?

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Posted on Fri, 18 Jul 2014
Question: Dear all!

I would like to know if someone is familiar with the method of getting slimmer by using shots of HCG hormone for 6 weeks.?

Wish you all the best,

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Answered by Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj (13 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I have counseled people on the HCG diet before

Detailed Answer:
Hi there, My name is Vinay Bhardwaj. When I was in Residency I did some clinical trials on the diet. Do you have any specific queries regarding the plan and the phases?

In general, the basic idea behind the diet is to trick the body into thinking that it is in a state of pregnancy by using small doses of HCG (a hormone only found in the body when a person is pregnant). When a woman is pregnant, her metabolic dynamics change so that the fetus gets extra energy from stored fat (doesnt really matter when the woman is well fed, but when she is starving.. her fat stores get shunted to the baby).

So when you are injecting yourself with the hormone.. you have to induce a state of strvation by having 500 calories in the day. You have to be very careful of what you eat and stick to the diet plan though.

Hope this gives some basic info. Let me know what specifics I can give you,

Vinay
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Brief Answer: I have counseled people on the HCG diet before Detailed Answer: Hi there, My name is Vinay Bhardwaj. When I was in Residency I did some clinical trials on the diet. Do you have any specific queries regarding the plan and the phases? In general, the basic idea behind the diet is to trick the body into thinking that it is in a state of pregnancy by using small doses of HCG (a hormone only found in the body when a person is pregnant). When a woman is pregnant, her metabolic dynamics change so that the fetus gets extra energy from stored fat (doesnt really matter when the woman is well fed, but when she is starving.. her fat stores get shunted to the baby). So when you are injecting yourself with the hormone.. you have to induce a state of strvation by having 500 calories in the day. You have to be very careful of what you eat and stick to the diet plan though. Hope this gives some basic info. Let me know what specifics I can give you, Vinay