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Could pregnancy hormones be the key to rapid weight loss?

Article / Review by on February 9, 2012 – 7:50 pmNo Comments

Could pregnancy hormones be the key to rapid weight loss?

As much as I would love to lose 20 pounds in six weeks, you won’t find me signing up for of one of the latest weight-loss fads called the “HCG diet.” The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin diet is one that requires that you inject yourself daily with a hormone produced by pregnant women (a product that is only licensed for fertility treatment, not weight loss) and that you restrict yourself to eating only 500 calories a day. Neither thing is appealing to me.

Experts have concerns about – and are skeptical of – the potentially dangerous diet, as well. As John Morton, MD, director of bariatric surgery and surgical quality at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, told viewers in a recent KTUV-TV report:

“I would say the mind is a very powerful thing. And I would say there’s a big placebo effect occurring here.”

For more on HCG, FDA has information on its website.

By Linda Apeles
Stanford University Medical Center


* Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical education and patient care at its three institutions – Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

**  The above story is adapted from materials provided by Stanford University School of Medicine


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