HCG Diet Dangers are a hot topic among people who are trying to lose weight. All diets have possible dangers and knowing what they are before starting is an important part of dieting and the only way to experience healthy weight loss that lasts a lifetime.

HCG is a hormone produced by a woman's body during pregnancy. It is also used to treat both men and women who are having fertility problems. In the early 1950s, it was also found to be an effective aid in losing weight, especially for people who needed to lose a large amount of weight. In the beginning, HCG was only available by prescription and it was given by injection, either in a doctor's office or at home. Recently, a homeopathic version of HCG drops was made available without prescription. Today, it is extremely popular because it is less expensive and it does the exact same thing in the body as the full-strength hormone injections.

The dangers of the HCG diet are like those of any diet that is very low in calories. If the HCG is not taken on this low calorie diet, there is a real danger of losing the good fat that protects one’s organs and the bottom of one’s feet, and risking one’s health. It's the HCG that causes the body to release stored fat, like belly and love handle fat, to use for energy, which is why the weight loss is fast and healthy. Another danger of the HCG weight loss diet is not doing the maintenance phase after losing the weight, which means the weight comes right back. This causes a yo-yo effect where the body’s weight goes up and down, which can cause damage to the body's immune system and metabolism making it very hard to lose weight.

One of the biggest dangers of the HCG diet is buying HCG from an unknown, unproven source. There are many overseas companies selling what they claim is HCG, when it's actually not. This is a very dangerous risk because there is no FDA or quality control in these third-world countries. No one should ever use a medication that they are not 100% certain is what it claims to be.

The HCG diet is extremely safe and with few side effects when the protocol is strictly followed. The most common side effects mentioned by dieters using HCG are mild issues such as headaches, cramping during the first 2 days, and fatigue. However, many of these symptoms could just as easily be caused by the restricted diet and withdrawal symptoms.

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