The main debate around the hCG diet doesn’t center around the safety of the drops. That’s because using hCG, even prescription hCG is considered to be quite safe and with very few side effects.
This makes sense. hCG is a pregnancy hormone and neither the fetus nor the expectant mother experience any ill effects from the increased levels of hCG in the blood stream. On the contrary, hCG protects the fetus and ensures that any nutrient deficit in the mother’s diet is made up for through the loss of fat rather than muscle mass or bone density.
The main reason for the controversy surrounding the hCG diet is the severe restriction of calories during the eight week long weight loss phase of the diet. Dr Simeons’ original diet protocol was based on a 500 calorie diet and there’s no denying that this is far less than most people would normally consume in a day.
However, the foods approved for use in this diet are rich in nutrients and the hCG itself is administered to encourage fat burning to make up the energy deficit. This said, not everyone can cope on 500 calories a day, and that’s why you need to consult a doctor before you embark on the diet. It could be that you should attempt the 800 or 1200 calorie variants of the diet for health reasons.
Because of the severe calorie restriction imposed, you should continue with the diet under medical supervision. You will also find support and advice from a medical doctor helpful in completing the diet successfully.