On the Dr. Oz Show today, Dr. Mehmet Oz will investigate the HCG Diet, which is currently sweeping the country.
Dr. Oz explains what HCG is (a hormone secreted by pregnant women) and how the HCG Diet is a 500 calorie diet but you don’t feel hungry because you have daily injections of the hormone. You can lose up to a pound a day during the time that you’re on this diet.
Dr. Sheri Emma will join the show. She prescribes the diet, and explains to Dr. Oz the food that you eat…which is pretty scanty. Dr. Emma says you lose weight because your body uses your fat stores for energy, because you’re not consuming enough calories in the day. The HCG hormone keeps you from feeling hungry, and patients say they feel great and have good energy.
Dr. Oz will also investigate the HCG drops, which you can place under your tongue. Dr. Emma says those drops are homeopathic and therefore only contain trace amounts of the hormone. But Dr. Oz has a woman who lost 50 pounds using the drops, and he will bring her chiropractor on the show to discuss it. Dr. Gary Arbuckle, the chiropractor, says he gets his drops through an FDA inspected pharmaceutical laboratory so they are safe.
As usual, Dr. Oz investigates all sides of a controversy, so he will bring some people on the show who have had a bad time with the HCG Diet. One woman literally passed out and her physician told her to stop it immediately. Another woman lost her hair and didn’t have menstrual periods for four months after she stopped the diet.
Additionally, the beta HCG is a marker for certain kinds of cancer, so there’s a theory that taking the HCG injections could increase your risk of those cancers, particularly if you’re already predisposed toward them genetically.
Dr. Peter Cohen, who researches dangerous drugs and supplements, reveals that the CDC has investigated many cases of sudden cardiac arrest that were brought on by the restricted calories on this diet. He also says that the negative side effects (hair loss and menstrual disruption) are 10 times more likely to happen than that the diet will be successful. He says many people require surgery for gall bladder issues as a result of this diet. Additionally, he reveals that there have been several studies done, where patients either received the hormone or salt water, and there was no difference between the groups whatsoever.
Dr. Oz will conclude the show with his thoughts on the subject. He says do not buy any supplements at the drugstore or online that are said to contain HCG. Period.
Never restrict calories below 1,200 a day, without a doctor getting involved. Dr. Oz says that if you can find a doctor like Dr. Emma, who prescribes the HCG Diet using injections and carefully monitors your progress, then it could be worth trying the HCG Diet. But never try this kind of diet on your own.