It appears that everyone who made New Year's resolutions to lose weight, believes they have a chance to make good on these goals, thanks to hCG diet drops. The weight loss product is being touted in a recent interview, leading many to wonder if this is an effective weight loss strategy. However, there's yet to be any conclusive evidence that these diet drops are safe. They may even bring some dangers to the user.
The product hCG (photo via Amazon) can be purchased online via health supplement websites or even at the internet retailer, Amazon.com.
According to Arizona Daily Star, hCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin.Â It's defined as "a naturally accruing protein hormone that develops in the placenta during the first trimester of pregnancy."
It's speculated that this natural protein hormone can be used to reprogram the hypothalamus in a way that will help burn off body fat as an energy source.
With that in mind, the Arizona Daily Star's report took a look at Dan Kalm, a State Farm Insurance agent who has shocked customers, family and friends with his amazing weight loss. Kalm has lost 123 pounds in about five months using diet, exercise and hCG drops. Kalm is a huge proponent of the hCG product, noting that he now takes Ya-vonae, a particular brand he buys via the web.
His only reported side effect is that he "saw the weight coming off" daily. The diet product supposedly helps drop anywhere from 1-3 pounds a day.
However, there's always the horror stories and the other side of the story. hCG was promoted by famous infomercial marketer Kevin Trudeau in one of his books. He was eventually ordered to pay over $5 million of his profits from the book to the FTC, based on false claims in that book.
Not long ago a Q&A report from Post-Tribune had Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen give their take on the hCG diet, saying:
Like any hormone treatment, this one has health risks: Women may develop ovarian cysts, blood clots and -- since hCG affects fertility -- surprise pregnancies. In men, hCG stimulates rapid testosterone production. That may sound good, but the long-term consequences include developing breasts ... so maybe not. Bottom line: There are far healthier ways to lose weight.
The success story before, Dan Kalm, notes that he also used exercise, specifically running to bump up his weight loss. At age 44, he appears to be feeling great as a result of hCG diet drops. These products may soon catch on, if more people are able to see positive, healthy benefits to taking the drops. However, it's always wise to consult a physician prior to embarking on such a journey, especially with a weight loss product that isn't fully endorsed by the FDA.