What Happened to the HCG Diet?

The hCG diet, which involves taking a hormone supplement (hCG) alongside a very low-calorie diet, is still around but it’s not recommended by medical professionals.

Here’s why:

Ineffectiveness of hCG: Multiple studies have shown that the hCG hormone itself doesn’t actually contribute to weight loss on the hCG diet. The weight loss primarily comes from the severe calorie restriction (around 500 calories a day), which anyone can experience regardless of the hCG supplement.

Safety Concerns: The FDA warns against using hCG for weight loss because it’s not approved for that purpose and can be dangerous [FDA]. There are also potential side effects from the very low-calorie diet itself, such as nutrient deficiencies, gallstones, and muscle loss.

Emergence of Semaglutide: Many doctors prefer the high safety profile and the low side effects of Semaglutide as compared to other weight loss medications. Though the use of semaglutide to help with weight loss is a relatively recent discovery, more information is emerging and fueling the demand for semaglutide, the key ingredient in Ozempic & Wegovy. Semaglutide is a GLP-1 agonist and is used by patients worldwide to reach their weight loss goals.

If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s best to consult a doctor or registered dietician about safe and sustainable weight loss plans. These plans typically involve a moderate calorie deficit and focus on healthy eating habits and exercise.