Diet “Shots”. I’ll Stick with Tequila, Thanks.

As a member of the female population, the term ‘diet’ frequents my vocabulary more often than it should. I eat up (pardon the pun) articles dedicated to weight loss tips and tricks, and constantly look to girlfriends for advice on nutrition. Some slim down secrets I’ve come across are pretty intense (P90X anyone?) and others are just plain crazy. Take for instance the HCG Liquid Diet, a 21-45 day, 500 calorie diet with daily hormone injections. Yes, injections, as in NEEDLES…………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………ok. I just got light-headed there for a second, but I’m back.  So here’s the 411: HCG is the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone which is produced in high levels by pregnant women. The hormone is either extracted from the urine of pregnant women (GROSS) or can be created synthetically. Apparently, after injecting HCG, your body begins to mobilize fat and use it for energy, making you feel sustained even though you’re actually starving yourself on 500 calories a day. The combination of the hormone with the restricted diet supposedly works to retrain your metabolism into a calorie burning machine.

Although the diet isn’t approved by the FDA, which is a little scary, it has gotten some positive press. So, if you want to lose some poundage fast and are willing to shell out upwards of $700, go for it. This girl, however, is perfectly happy the way she is, i.e. not a human pincushion.

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