31 Days of Health – Tip #14: Does the HCG Diet work?
Enter the HCG Diet.
I’ve seen a lot of hype about this diet for some time now, and was curious to learn more, especially in light of learning that Barnes-Jewish Hospital RN Kim Stone was competing on The Biggest Loser.
HCG is human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced during pregnancy. The diet promises to help you lose a lot of weight, and fast. It restricts your calories to between 500-800 per day, and you need to take the HCG drops before two of your three daily meals.
Now, a daily intake of 500 calories doesn’t seem like much nourishment to go on. Depending on your height, weight and age, you may need as much as 2,000 to remain in the healthy range. To calculate your range, go here.
I went to a local source for the answers – Aaron Gutjahr, Exercise Specialist for the BJC WellAware Center. Turns out he’s written articles on the subject, and shares his opinion in the video below.