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August 22, 2016 01:00 ET

Dr. Rao of Diet Doc Expresses Concerns Regarding the Effectiveness of HCG Drops and Very Low-Calorie Dieting

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - August 22, 2016) - Published in 1954 by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, the HCG Diet Plan involves taking a small dosage of HCG hormone injections while adhering to a strict, very low calorie diet (VLCD) of only 500 calories per day. hCG, or human chorionic gonadotophin is a hormone which is produced by pregnant mothers that taps into fat reserves in order to nourish unborn babies. Dr. Simeons concluded that hCG could be used by both men and women to burn long-stored fat reserves and aid in weight loss. A modern adjustment to this diet includes using HCG Drops or homeopathic hCG to replace HCG injections. Medical Director of Diet Doc, Dr. Nishant Rao expresses his concerns about this change, ""While prescription hCG drops do technically contain the same medication as what is used in the prescription injections, the big difference is the reliability of absorption." He continues, "hCG drops are less reliable than injections. hCG injections directly into body fat ensures that dieters are always receiving the intended dose because the absorption rate is at 100 percent."

Dr. Rao also expresses his concerns about what may be at stake when consuming a very low-calorie diet. "Fasting all day and then eating a steak at night provides about 50g of protein along with some fat and some carbs from the tomato that is recommended with it. This might add up to 300 calories if nothing else is consumed. The day following a steak day you can expect to see a scale weight shift because of the very low calories the prior day." He continues, "However with protein and carbs being so low it is highly likely that one would lose valuable muscle mass and so even though scale weight is going down, body composition isn't improving at all."

For those on Dr. Simeon's diet who have hit a weight loss plateau, he recommends an "apple day," in which the dieter uses their hCG drops and limits food to six-large apples and water. Dr. Rao states that, "Eating 6 apples in 1 day as a way to break a weight loss stall is deceiving because it can sometimes give the illusion of progress." He continues, "On apple day, about 500-600 calories consumed are made up of 120-150 grams of net carbohydrate. For the average hCG dieter, this is 'isocaloric' meaning they are eating about the same calories per day, but they are simply made up of a higher carbohydrate content. We know that when you jump from 30g to 150g of carbs you are likely to retain water due to the increase in glycogen. When you go back to dieting and carbs go back down to 30g, that additional water weight will come off causing a shift in scale weight, but no change in fat loss."

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