Just when I think I’ve heard of the worst possible diet for people, somebody comes up with (or resurrects) a worse one. And I do believe that a diet of 500 calories and injections of hCG may be the worst yet.
hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is the hormone that pregnancy tests measure and it’s not something to mess around with. It’s also the drug injected at the end of many fertility treatments in order to trigger ovulation. My arm is itchy and sore just thinking about it. (The very first time my husband gave me an hCG injection I developed a large and painful sore at the injection site. It was very traumatic for both of us.)
I’d never even heard of this diet (which was apparently popular in the 70s) until Brooke pointed me toward a Jezebel article about it. But it turns out if you try to google “hcg” you get approximately a bazillion links to how wonderful this diet is, with a few other sites mixed in.
Dr. David Katz of Yale describes the diet as “appalling” and that’s pretty much the best word I can think of to describe it. Folks, injecting a pregnancy hormone into your body in the hopes (but with no medical evidence) it might direct calories away from your hips is appalling. Oh, and insane. Yes, insane is a good word.
That’s not even getting into the insanity of a 500-calorie diet, which let me assure you isn’t going to give you sexy abs. ::shudders:: It’s more likely to put your body in starvation mode and cause you to hold onto every single calorie more desperately. Ugh.
Seriously, who thinks this is a good idea? To put it bluntly, this diet is a scam. It’s simultaneously worthless and dangerous, which seems to me a singularly sad and pointless combination.