Dr Oz did a segment on the HCG Diet: Weight Loss Miracle or Hype? where many people spoke about their success with the HCG Diet, and then Doctor Oz had the “other side of the coin” state their experiences on the HCG Diet. I also want to remind everyone who is considering the HCG Diet to read the recap of Dr Oz’s show from earlier this season where he spoke about the risks and dangers of HCG Shots. I am not saying that I am for or against the HCG Diet, because I have never tried it personally, but if any of you have tried it, please leave a comment below and share your experiences with everyone!
Dr Oz: HCG Diet Side Effects
Dr Oz said that some side effects of the HCG Diet include a loss of your menstrual period, hair loss and mood swings. Kimberley and Nicole both were on the HCG Diet and stopped after noticing scary things. Kimberley actually passed out after two weeks and her physician told her to stop the diet immediately. Nicole said that she started to lose her hair, was cranky all the time and nauseous, plus she found it hard to sustain because she was hungry all the time.
Dr Oz: HCG Diet Causes Cancer
Dr Oz asked Dr Sheri Emma if she thinks there could be a link between Cancer and the HCG Diet. She said that if someone has a pre-existing cancer that is hormone reactive, then she does not recommend the HCG Diet, but up until now nobody has been able to prove that HCG causes any form of cancer.
Dr Oz: HCG Diet Concerns
Dr Oz asked Dr Pieter Cohen about his concerns about the HCG Diet. Dr Cohen said that being on such a low calorie diet has serious side effects including Cardiac Arrest and Gall Bladder Disease. He said that the side effects of the HCG Diet are 10 times more common than the happy stories where HCG worked well for people. Dr Pieter Cohen believes that there are no active ingredients in the HCG Drops, so it is just the power of suggestion that is helping people to eat smaller amounts of food in that case.
Keri Gans, a Registered Dietitian, said that a 500 calorie diet is too low and that 1200 should be the minimum. Gans said it is impossible to meet your vitamin and mineral needs on a daily basis with only 500 calories. She thinks that people say they are not hungry because of a placebo effect or the power of suggestion. So if people are told that they should not be hungry, then they are not hungry. But what is wrong with being hungry anyway? Being healthy does not mean never being hungry.
Dr Oz: Cardiologist on HCG Diet
Dr Oz brought on Dr Sanjeev Patel, a cardiologist, who said he tried the HCG Diet and was one of Dr Sheri Emma’s patients. He said you can survive on a 500 calorie diet and when he weighed the risks of being obese against the low dose of HCG, he thought it was worth a try in his case. Dr Pieter Cohen said that the weight loss is no surprise when you only consume 500 calories, but that 14 trials were done and all of them found no difference between using HCG Shots and salt water placebo shots.
Dr Oz Approves Of HCG Diet?
Dr Oz said that his take away is that you should not buy HCG Supplements in drugstores, and that you should not restrict your calories below 1200 calories per day without talking to a doctor first. Dr Oz also said that there is no proof that the HCG Injections work, but he does think that new studies should be done because we might be able to find a way to help millions of people. So while Dr Oz did not give everyone the green light and two thumbs up to try the HCG Diet, he sure did sound a little bit less negative than in his segment from earlier this segment (you can read the recap here: Miracle Weight Loss Shot).