I received several inquiries about the “HCG” diet and my first response is a question in itself. “Do you know what HCG is?” So far there has been no lay person that actually knew what HCG was or what the diet entailed. I will make just a few brief remarks to start the conversation and you can add comments as we go. First of all, HCG is “Human Chorionic Gonadotropin” hormone. It is made either by a developing embryo, the woman’s placenta while pregnant (!) or by a tumor in the human body. Think about whether or not that is something you want to take into your body! Second of all, the original “HCG diet” is based on a 500 Calorie per day diet that is severely restricted and nutrient deficient. Weight loss without appropriate nutrition support is a recipe for a detoxification disaster that can do much more harm than good. So, let us know what you think of ingesting a hormone made by a tumor or during pregnancy, while starving yourself on a nutrient deficient diet! OR consider a professional nutrition consultation here at Metabolism.com that will walk you through the steps necessary to achieve balance and healthy weight loss without any gonadotropin!