What it’s all about:
In theory, the hCG hormone should suppress hunger, so those following the hCG diet inject themselves with hCG hormone or ingest a serum of the hormone, all while eating under 500 calories per day.
Advertisements for the diet suggest that if you follow the diet for 45 days in a row, the combination of diet and hormones should help you lose weight and heighten the affectiveness of your metabolism. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disagrees.
The biggest name following this diet is undoubtably Britney Spears
. Whether that makes you want to try it, or avoid it at all costs, we don't know (but hope it's the latter).
Why to avoid it:
Currently, the FDA only approves hCG, a hormone produced by the human placenta, for use to treat female infertility and hormone imbalances in men. The FDA does not support any over-the-counter hCG treatments for weight loss.
In fact, the FDA and FTC are currently working to stop the sale of hCG hormone as a weight loss aid.