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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.

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