HCG Diet: Myths and Facts

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hcg-before-and-afterPatients having underlying medical issues like Diabetes, Hypertension, Kidney problems, Hypothyroidism, Anxiety disorders, Fibroids, Malignancy of prostrate/Breast/Uterus and other medical
issues need more precise judgement about HCG protocol.

Also, people who are frequent travellers need extra attention and care. I suggest, before starting the HCG protocol for any individual the screening for underlying medical issues should be done. A female should make sure that she is not pregnant.

HCG protocol is not a substitute/alternative for Bariatric surgery for morbidly obese patients, but it can be used to give initial weight loss to the patients looking for Bariatric surgery. Obesity is a complex
process, and no single approach can give best results. Hence the multitude of the treatment protocols may be required to give long term treatment of Obesity.

Please remember: HCG protocol is not a treatment for obesity. It should not be used or claimed as a single line treatment for obesity.
What are the side-effects of this diet? What precautions should one take while on this diet?

Like any other treatment, HCG treatment is also not free from side effects. To enumerate the few as follows:

– Menstrual irregularities in women.
– Bloating and Breast engorgement.
– Hypotension/ Giddiness may occur, though rare.
– If not followed under supervision then it may cause weight gain.

Have you recommended the HCG diet to anyone? If yes, what were the results?

I have included HCG protocol in the Obesity management of number of patients visiting my clinic. I should say we are among the first to use this protocol for weight management in India. We have trained number of physicians about HCG protocol in India, Malaysia and Indonesia. As, we have been doing the HCG protocol under close supervision and counselling, I have seen very good results with the addition of this protocol in the conventional weight management protocols. We customize the HCG diet for every patient without hurting the cultural sentiments of our patients. This gives them a confidence and learning about the process. As they learn to get the best HCG diet from their usual food habits the compliance is best and hence results are phenomenal. The constant supervision and follow up with the patients by our doctors yield better results.

About the author

Dr. Deepak Chaturvedi is a Physician Endocrinologist, Diabetologist and Obesity Consultant at” AMAAYA™ Antiaging & Wellness Clinic” located at Santacruz (w) and Andheri (w) in Mumbai. He is President of “Antiaging Medicine And Research (AMAR)” and “INDOMEDICON”.