This transcript is automatically generated
-- Hello welcome to -- -- I'm Dr.
We have reporter a lot fad diets through the years and that common theme is that people want a quick fix.
The ACD die it was first introduced in the 1950s and it's making a comeback.
But not without some controversy.
Here to discuss the pros and cons is hormone expert and chief medical officer of body logic and -- Doctor Jennifer -- Welcome thank -- -- -- they have so a lot of things I seem to written on a CD people ask me questions.
And it was originally developed blog as well as a she.
Cracked -- and and how does -- do you work.
So HCG is as you know on we should share pregnancy hard on right that's a permanent goes up -- were pregnant right and it was introduced in the fifties.
For infertility like you sad but.
It's also used in this diet protocol right so it's used in conjunction with a low calorie diet.
And it -- it's a protocol that is goes from about 21 -- -- -- to forty days depending on the amount of weight loss that's needed right.
And a person would take HCG daily sometimes in the form of -- injection yes it originally in the form of injections it's really interesting though.
The way that it was first developed -- doctor ATW since Indians in and Italy.
He had patients come in as inpatient they were kept in -- hospital for six weeks and kept on -- very strict diet given daily injections.
And then it was adapted so that doctors can use it outside.
-- but what is it what is it about the hormone itself does -- increase your metabolism does it curb your appetite what does it do.
Still we don't really not always the am part of the I think I've just.
Think that met the man right yeah -- it but.
I think we're at but that -- -- -- it.
But the theory that doctor -- and puts forth is he says it works by re setting the -- but found -- so an area in the brain to reset the week set point.
-- you know -- so many of us feel like.
No matter what I eat no matter hello Ali I don't budge off that.
What ever week -- -- -- and so what he says is that it -- I have -- -- -- to be able to cause you to lose weight.
And then stick with that new set point that new lowered wait.
And what's also interesting is -- could -- this idea that we have structural fat which is our visceral fat -- -- -- -- that protecting our organs.
Then we have this other fat.
Pocket that's like our bank account so -- weight gain and lose weight.
That's that's -- the one that gets affected the most now in the HCG diet what he says is that there's a third area there's trapped fat.
That's the fact that you can't get that.
With the normal diet and that's what he claims the HCG liberate that it allows us to get rid of that trapped fat so a simple yes -- -- Does it work.
I say yes that's my opinion that's this I will tell you that's an opinion.
He'll tell you what the FDA says the FDA says it doesn't work Ericsson and several studies that were done in years and years ago in the seventies right.
You know I think you can argue whether those studies were really done well done properly and and and could you make an argument now that you need to redo those studies but anyway the FDA said.
Doesn't work shouldn't be used for weight loss.
And the FTC doesn't even allow doctors now to advertise that HCG should be used for weight loss but if you ask me.
In my practice.
I have seen it work numerous times can I -- -- personally.
So so so and we don't know exactly how works but for some of you experts out there you believe that -- doesn't work.
What is the expected -- law.
So it depends how long you keep a person on the mud on the diet but usually it can be twenty to thirty pounds over that's a lot it is a lot over the course of 21 to forty days which is an amazing amount of weight and you -- really seen.
Happen in my practice that's amazing I've seen patients lower their cholesterol.
Or blood sugar.
Reversed -- and that's from the weight reduction it is but right but if we can get them to drop that way so.
What the cut another controversy is the biggest the FDA the FTC can but what other potential side effects.
There are potential side affects from any because what you have to do was what they -- very low calorie diet VLCD.
And that can have complications in -- of itself electorate and collector laid out so -- that's the -- but he acts right.
And then are there possible come from the hormone accelerated with the HCG.
You know they're using a very low dose of pregnancy -- it's -- and the levels of pregnancy -- don't go up that high -- and you know it's.
I would say that you'd need more studies to know for shore but if there's any.
There's not -- a -- does know who increase in pituitary.
Two mayors who -- thyroid.
France's you know a CD in Cairo hormones are very -- similar link can get -- you don't get thyroid disease we don't see any disturbance as long term in the current apartments candidates.
Would you recommend this to someone who wants to lose let's say five pounds or do you recommend.
To somebody like me who needs to lose fifty pounds.
You knew it's interesting if you read -- has this manuscript it's compounds to inches it's available for free on the Internet anybody can Google it and if you read his manuscript.
What he says is that anybody could be a candidate from five -- who needs to lose five pounds.
All the way to forty pounds he talks about actresses where he's used it.
And I have a particular patient that I used it who only needed to lose ten pounds and it's interesting.
Eight but -- says is that the person will only lose the amount of weight that needs to be lost in that trapped fat.
So what it can cause is a redistribution of fat and that's what this woman who needed the ten pounds she needed the ten pounds off but she needed it off right here everything else about her was skinny.
-- -- but skinny legs at center.
So put her on a diet.
She got within.
-- -- -- days she got exactly what she was looking for she got the belly fat off she got the ten pounds off no more than a ten pounds.
So even -- people who only need to lose a small amount of weight can do really well from that and then of course people who need to lose large amounts of weight.
Love the idea that they can jumpstart it quickly tonight but that's I think they're really.
Hard part about the HCG diet.
Way too many people began in the -- Because being on that protocol you don't learn.
Healthy -- hey there right don't learn exactly there's no behavior modification -- -- -- Not gonna give up my wind so there goes through the hole and see you dive for Dr.
Bomb anyway great -- -- -- stuff so.
And I think you so much for joining us and coming to the program year old son of you know full of information.
Thanks for having me man.
Do you have any health questions you can email me here at fox said doctor may have -- -- dot com until next time -- document.