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The hCG Diet

Worst Diets of All Time

HCG, or hormone Human Choriogonadotropin, is a hormone produced by women's bodies in the early stages of pregnancy. Although hCG shots have been approved by the FDA for fertility reasons, many people have begun taking hCG drops or injections for weight loss purposes. However, there has been no scientific evidence that taking hCG leads to weight loss. This controversial diet is usually administered by a health professional and lasts three weeks, but homeopathic versions are also for sale online.

Those who take the drug believe that it will mobilize fat, but only when combined with a restricted diet of only 500 calories a day. It's common knowledge that anyone eating only 500 calories daily will lose weight, but they will probably feel awful.

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