Dr. Oz changes his mind about the HCG diet

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 7:45 PM

DALLAS — Dieters say the weight loss achieved from the use of HCG compares to lap band or gastic bypass — without the surgery.

HCG — which stands for "human chorionic gonadotropin" — is the hormone produced during pregnancy to keep the baby healthy. Advocates say HCG can also trick the body into burning fat.

Many reputable doctors question if the 500-calorie-a-day diet used with HCG is the real reason for extreme weight loss, but Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show, says new data shows it's more than that.

"I am feeling more comfortable," he said. "I do feel there's still a lot we have to learn about why it works, but I've got to say it makes a difference to a lot of people, and it seems to very carefully allow you to lose weight without burning a lot of muscle."

After doing a show last year on the HCG diet, Dr. Oz challenged the physicians that prescribed HCG to do more research. That new data will be presented on The Dr. Oz Show Wednesday.

Dr. Oz says there is still no evidence that HCG droplets work; he has seen evidence only in support of the injectable prescription drug.

"I'm not sold that this should be given to everybody," he added. "But we ought to be doing some big studies looking at HCG, because if you can give this an injection and help people lose a lot of weight quickly and help people reset where they are in life, you give them a running start at a much healthier existence."

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Watch The Dr. Oz Show weekday afternoons at 3 o'clock on WFAA Channel 8.

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