hCG therapy is a highly controversial practice for those who want to lose weight. While many have found success with shedding pounds by receiving hCG injections, the FDA has only authorized their use for infertility and reproductive issues.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman’s ovary, during ovulation. When hCG is injected into the body, it literally tricks the body into thinking it’s pregnant, thereby mobilizing certain hormones and fat stores, using glycogen, fat, and protein in the process for fuel.
But the FDA has not approved the use of hCG for weight loss treatment, obesity therapy or determined that the use of hCG contributes to an individual’s loss of body fat.
The FDA, in combination with the National Institute of Health and the manufacturers of hCG, have gone on the record stating that “hCG has no known affect on fat mobilization, reducing appetite or sense of hunger, or body fat distribution,” and also put forth that “hCG has not been demonstrated to be an effective adjunct therapy in the treatment of obesity and does not increase fat losses beyond that resulting from caloric restriction.”
Aside from those warnings, hCG clinics are popping up all over the country. Many of them are run by medical doctors, while a number of them are run by a non-medical staff.
Since DietsInReview.com recognizes that it is your choice to select a weight loss plan that matches your goals and lifestyle, it is our mission to provide you with objective information so that you can be make the safest and healthiest decision for your health. Here is what we found regarding the availability, protocol and access to hCG.
hCG can take the form of a cream, which is self-administered, and it is also available in an injection form. Since hCG is a prescribed drug, it should only be administered by a medical doctor; if it’s not or if you’re getting it from some other non-medical source, such as an online source, you might be risking your health.
When administered in a health clinic, typical beginning protocol is 26 days of 26 injections. Individuals must come in to the office or clinic daily to receive their injection. Most doctors who specialize in this will limit the number of the injections given at 40 years of age because the body appears to develop hCG immunity rendering them ineffective. Also, menstruating women should not receive any injections during their period, but the strict 500-calorie diet is still followed.
Just like with any product or service on the Internet, you can practically find and purchase anything. hCG kits, injections, and clinics are no different. Doing quick searches will yield a plethora of websites and clinics that claim to sell you or administer the hCG injections or the cream.
Like with any supplement or product, it is important to speak with your primary care medical doctor before beginning any new treatment plan.
February 23rd, 2010