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March 10th, 2011
08:35 AM ET

Women take pregnancy hormone, eat 500 calories per day to lose weight

Some women are turning to syringes and a low-calorie diet in hopes of losing weight.

For $1,000/month some women are purchasing hGC, a pregnancy hormone derived from the urine of pregnant women, and injecting themselves with it daily. In addition to the hormone injections, these women are limiting their caloric intake to 500 calories per day in order to shed pounds. But some doctors say the weight-loss method is ineffective and even dangerous.

Dr. Louis Aronne is the Director of The Comprehensive Weight Control Program at NY Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the controversial weight-loss method.


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  1. Losse Weight in 2 Days

    Losing weight is really hard – at least I'm finding it to be. Anyone have more ideas? Seems like this is a good place to look though. Thanks for the info.

    March 23, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  2. CM

    I have had two friends who have been doing this for about three years (one woman and one man). I think they have been ordering the hormones from Canada and it is a lot less than $1,000 a month. And let me say that the article got it wrong...it definitely works. They don't feel as hungry and are able to eat the 500 calories, which sounds like a pretty boring life to me but then again I absolutely love food and exercise to stay in shape. She shed close to 50 pounds and he has lost quite a bit of weight, too. The health risks have always scared me especially for him because it clearly isn't natural for a man to be injecting himself with a pregnancy hormone. I wonder how much weight they will gain back when they stop taking it, or at least I hope they stop taking it....

    March 14, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  3. Love

    I work with a guy who did this. He lost so much weight that I wondered if he had cancer until he started sharing what he was doing. Other people jumped on board after seeing his weight loss. He was very rigorous about his diet. All I really remember is that he did eat a grilled chicken breast every day. He tried to keep most of his calories as protein. He explained the proposed mechanism of action of the HCG in relation to calories which unfortunately I don't remember at the moment. But I do remember him saying that after a week of the diet, 500 calories a day would satisfy his appetite. The first week was difficult. He attributed the decreased need and therefore desire for calories to the HCG.

    I'm not trying to promote this diet. No doubt it is extreme and it goes without saying that anyone will lose weight eating only 500cal a day. Just thought I would share what little I saw, whether it was a placebo effect or not.

    March 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  4. smilinggreenmom

    This sounds awful! I just could not do this – no way. I am sticking to my healthy lifestyle choices like whole foods, water and green tea. The only other thing I take is my Vidazorb which is an OPC age defense probiotic and I love it. I just want to choose things that are god for my whole body to age.

    March 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  5. Julie

    holy moly. What next?

    For $1,000 bucks, hire someone to chase you around the block every day, shoot a be be gun at your heels if you stop..
    Hairdresser for many decades. Oh, my, the stories.
    All these women were coming in that they found this doctor that was really great at having them lose weight. Bunches of these women were going. Uh -huh.
    Then, one came in and said she got these wonderful pills. But, while at work she left them on the dash. It got too warm and they melted. Worms were stuck to the dashboard.
    This doctor was introducing tape worms. OMG, we had a great laugh. But, this leads to all kinds of other problems if you decide you did not return so he could terminate your worm. Ooie Ooie bah.
    I laughed so hard working, my sides hurt most every day.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm |