Dr. Oz brought in the experts, the critics, the skeptics, people with success stories and people with horror stories for his "HCG Diet: Weight Loss Miracle or Hype?" episode of "The Dr. Oz Show."
I personally have tried many diets, but refused to go on the HCG diet because of the risks involved. I engaged in a 26-day diet bet with a friend taking the HCG drops. Her HCG diet challenge results were similar to those experienced by the guests on "The Dr. Oz Show" - she experienced health problems and had to drop out of our diet challenge.
Side effects of the HCG diet
Dr. Oz said most people take HCG drops under their tongue or self-administer daily shots of the hormone produced by pregnant women called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Dr Oz said one of the side effects of the HCG diet is a loss of your period. My friend on the HCG diet had the opposite problem. She could not get her period to stop until quitting the drops after menstruating for two weeks.
Dr. Oz said other side effects include mood swings. Guest Nicole said that she started to lose her hair while on the diet. Another guest, Kimberly, stopped taking HCG after passing out.People on the HCG diet follow an extremely low-calorie diet, Dr. Oz said. Breakfast may be coffee, followed by an apple for a snack, 3.5 ounces of protein and lettuce for lunch, melba toast for an afternoon snack. Dinner is 3.5 ounces of protein and one vegetable. Total calorie intake is only 500.
Dr. Oz asked expert Dr. Pieter Cohen about any medical dangers associated with the HCG diet. Cohen said people who follow such a restrictive diet may experience cardiac arrest and gall bladder disease.
Not everyone thinks the HCG diet is dangerous. Dr. Sheri Emma, who was also on the episode, said HCG diet shots do work. She does agree with other experts who say HCG drops are a scam. She said the drops contain insignificant amounts of HCG. People lose weight with the HCG drops due to the placebo effect.
Dr. Oz thinks there's something there
Keri Gans, a registered dietitian, said she does not think it's possible to meet your nutritional needs based on only 500 calories a day. Dr. Oz agreed with Gans that the minimum daily caloric intake should be 1,200. Most people who believe in the HCG diet feel the low caloric intake is mandatory to the success of the diet since the hormone only burns stored fat when there is a severe caloric restriction.
While Dr. Oz did not endorse the HCG diet, he did say new studies should be conducted to see if the HCG diet holds the key to help some people unlock a secret to weight loss. He said people who do go on the HCG diet should do so under the supervision of a doctor and should not buy online HCG drops.
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