HCG injections: Good for weight loss?

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HCG injections: Good for weight loss?

Question

Can HCG injections increase weight loss?

Sarah
Arizona

Answer

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone produced during pregnancy. Years ago, researchers studied HCG injections as a possible weight-loss aid. Results of most studies weren't promising, however. In fact, HCG injections seemed to be no more effective than were placebos in promoting weight loss. Today, HCG injections are primarily used to treat fertility issues.

If you'd like to lose excess weight, focus on the basics. Take an honest look at your eating habits and daily routine. Then make a commitment to improving your lifestyle. Enjoy healthier foods, and include physical activity in your daily routine. Remember, permanent weight loss takes time and effort. It won't happen overnight, but your hard work will pay off in the end.

Last Updated: 2008-06-26
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