Many people have been rushing to get injections of the pregnancy hormone, hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin, produced by the placenta during pregnancy, which allegedly suppresses hunger and promotes quick weight loss. Apparently, people taking these injections daily, can do with a consumption of 500 calories each day.
Though hCG has been approved by the FDA to treat fertility problems in men and women, medical researchers have cautioned against its indiscriminate use which can elevate the risk of headaches, depression and lethal blood clots.
The FDA has said that the packaging must display clear information that there is no proof that hCG accelerates weight loss by decreasing hunger. The public needs to be aware that this method is unscientific and could leave people undernourished on just 500 calories per day.