Health with Dr. Paula: Pregnancy hormone causes weight loss

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When you think about pregnancy, weight loss is probably not what comes to mind.

However, a new diet plan is using a hormone that the body creates during pregnancy to help women and men lose weight.

The pregnancy hormone is called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), and the diet plan makes people restricted to 500 calories a day. You can take this pregnancy hormone by using an injection or a topical crème.

HCG causes the body to feel like you're pregnant, which makes the body release fat and calories.

The dangers of this restricted diet include electrolyte imbalances, irregular heartbeat, fatigue and several others.

This hormone can cause dieters to lose one to three pounds per day for 30 days.

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