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Would You Inject Yourself With a Pregnancy Hormone to Lose Weight?

Women are injecting themselves with a pregnancy hormone called hCG in order to lose weight, The New York Times reports. One dieter's theory is that "... by combining the hormone injections with a 500-calorie-a-day diet, she will achieve a kind of weight-loss nirvana: losing fat in all the right places without feeling tired or hungry."

Remember when the science of giving birth was about, well, giving birth?

This diet plan doesn't come as too much of a shock considering the lengths some people go to in order to lose weight -- eating placenta, or consuming breast milk ice cream to name a few. But, this one seems extreme.

What about you? Would you inject yourself with pregnancy hormones to lose weight? Or is that just too weird?

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Asked by emilysmom1966 at 1:32 PM on Apr. 3, 2011 in Health

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Answers (10)
  • good lord.... combining anything with a 500 calorie diet is a surefire way to die... but die thin....

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 1:33 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • My x is doing it but he is using the drops

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 1:34 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • If hCG contributes to weight loss...why do pregnant women gain so much weight? If it helps control hunger...why are preganant women always hungry?


    Answer by desert_diva at 1:39 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • My friend did that. It did not work, well not like they said it would. She lost like 10 pounds. It costs a ton of money!

    Answer by CollegeMommy121 at 1:43 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • i would suggest doing jenny craig or weight watchers.

    Answer by rosesrred1 at 1:45 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • Hell no I wouldn't.

    Answer by pookiekins34 at 1:46 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • I used HCG (by Prescription) when I did IVF to release eggs. It was given in an injection form. So NO,  I would NEVER use anything like that as recreational use. Misuse of Hormones can cause Cancer. Although I am sure what is available over the counter without a Prescription is probably a Placebo or a minute amount of the actual drug since actual HCG is highly regulated . BUT, continual use of even minute doses may cause damage NOT to be seen for years. You are taking your life in your own hands by using anything that is known to cause cancer for an extended period of time. Well, eventually you will be skinny I guess but also dead!


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:38 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • I think its funny, if you only ingest 500 (healthy) calories a day I'm pretty darn sure you'd lose weight anyway. Why mess with hormones? Or how about EXERCISING! People are so lazy......

    Answer by bootsky at 2:43 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • Ahh, what a marketing ploy..... If I ate only 500 calories I would be skinny too .... gotta love what some people will try because they dont want to learn how to eat properly... go to weight watcher it helps make portion control second nature... If I can do it anyone can do... plus, why would anyone think they can get a Rx hormone replacement injection that is not diluted or contains any at all at a health food store or online.. it will be a passing fade that will have everyone having a laugh at those who lost money doing something so silly...


    Answer by TraceyLu at 4:01 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • No way, but I'm not going with a 500 calorie diet either.

    Answer by scout_mom at 7:30 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

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