The HCG diet plan is not a good idea - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Communitylife

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

The HCG diet plan is not a good idea

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 12:00 am

It’s estimated that one out of every six health care dollars in the U.S. are spent on obesity-related health conditions. According to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data over two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.

Studies showing the success of medication, diet or exercise approaches for sustained weight loss are few. As a result, many grow frustrated with the conventional medical establishment and enroll in fad diet programs. As a former registered dietitian and currently in my role as a family physician, I’ve encountered many people who swear by the Atkins, the Zone or the South Beach diets.

Yet, we know that fad diets aren’t helpful. The results of a six-month trial of 811 overweight adults (The New England Journal of Medicine, February 2009) showed no significant difference in weight loss regardless of percentage of calories from carbohydrate or fat when patients followed reduced-calorie diets.

The latest fad is the HCG diet. Many people are unaware that the HCG diet originated with a British Endocrinologist, ATW Simmeons in the 1950s. Its resurgence has been attributed to the infomercial pitchman, Kevin Trudeau. Based on reports of weight loss with the use of HCG (commonly known as pregnancy hormone) in pediatric patients with a rare hypothalamic disorder, Dr. Simmeons hypothesized that it would promote weight loss in otherwise healthy overweight adults. There’s considerable variation in how the HCG programs are laid out, but it primarily consists of a very low-calorie diet restriction (usually 500 calories a day) for up to 40 days, along with injections of HCG.

Despite Simmeon’s and Trudeau’s claims it’s never been shown to work. In 1995 the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published an analysis of research demonstrating no benefit of HCG in promoting weight loss. As a result the FDA requires the package inserts for HCG state: “HCG is not effective in the treatment of obesity.” It can also be costly with consultations costing $150 or more, and most insurance plans don’t pay for it.

The future of the HCG program will undoubtedly be that of other diet fads. As the public learns of the potential dangers of HCG injections and patients regain the weight they’ve lost from the severe calorie restriction it will fall out of favor until the next diet fad.

 

Dr. Mark Tosca is a family practice physician at Kachina Family Practice (www.Kachinafamilypractice.com). Reach him at drmark2001@gmail.com.

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Bundy Militia Bro Charged With Trying to Detonate a Bomb at a Government Facility in Arizona

Yet another member of the Bundy militia is in trouble with the law. Yet another member of the Bundy militia is in trouble with the law again. …

Published: June 26, 2016 - 9:24 am @ http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/bundy-mi…

5 Jarringly Idiotic Right-Wing Moments This Week: Not Just About the Brexit

Trump spews nonsense while O'Reilly makes perfect sense as the embodiment of white supremacy. Immediately after his conspiracy theory- and lie…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 9:23 am @ http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/5-jarringly-idi…

The Brexit Vote made this 'Yes Minister' video go viral

Driving in Canada Canada - a home away from home Canada, it's time to change! Living with a disability in Indo-Canadian society The empire str…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 8:54 am @ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/The-Br…

How Trump accidentally exposed the longtime NRA fantasy of 'a good guy with a gun'

Occasionally when Donald Trump misspeaks, he accidentally points the way to a larger truth; a kind of Kinsley gaffe born less of momentary con…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 8:53 am @ http://www.businessinsider.com/trumps-gun-gaffe-2016-6

Live. Work. Play: Dave’s Diabetes Story

Working for the American Diabetes Association® means making a difference for millions of people and working toward a future free of diabetes a…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 8:36 am @ http://diabetesstopshere.org/2016/06/24/daves-diab…

Shots fired in Phoenix neighborhood during drive-by

Shots were fired in a downtown Phoenix neighborhood early Sunday morning near 15th Avenue and Interstate 17.  Police say this was a drive-by. …

Published: June 26, 2016 - 8:36 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Hank Paulson Endorses Hillary for Globalist Platform

Paulson also posits that Clinton would be more likely to cut Americans’ medicare and social security, which Paulson cites as a top priority fo…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 8:22 am @ http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/20…

Arizona Says It Is Unable To Carry Out Executions Due To Lack Of Drugs

By Ian Simpson June 24 (Reuters) - Arizona has run out of execution drugs, including a sedative implicated in botched lethal injections, accor…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 8:06 am @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arizona-execut…

The lonely lives of Latinos for Trump

MIAMI – Lifelong friends unfriend them on Facebook. Siblings and parents refuse to talk politics. Their kids are home from college stoked abou…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 8:02 am @ http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/donald-trump…

Syria's civil war: 'Dozens killed' in Deir Az Zor raids

Fighting began in 2011 after government crackdown on protesters Over 250,000 Syrians killed and even larger number wounded so far Almost 11 mi…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 7:35 am @ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/syria-civil-…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…