The HCG diet: What I learned from injecting myself with pregnancy hormones to lose weight
If you've been thinking about trying the HCG diet, I've got all the intel. I have always struggled with my weight. Never obese, I hovered somewhere in the realm of cute and chubby. Through diet and exercise, I always managed to keep myself a couple of steps from obesity, even slimming down to a size 6 in my 20s. But marriage, a pregnancy, and a move from NYC to the car-dependent suburbs saw the weight creep back on, and I was dismayed a few years back to find that my size 14s were getting harder to zip. Add the pressure of being a theatre performer, constantly stressing about how I look on stage, and worried that the costume designers would tell me that the dress they'd planned for me wasn't going to fit.
I tried dieting and ramping up my gym routine, but soon found that what worked for me in my 20s wasn't doing the trick now that I was approaching 40. I stumbled upon a tantalizing Facebook page: A group of women who claimed to be losing a pound per day by taking homeopathic, sublingual drops of HCG — the hormone that the human body makes when pregnant. The group had thousands of members, with numerous success stories with before and after photos that showed stunning transformations in short periods of time. Did it sound too good to be true? Absolutely. But I couldn't look away, and I found myself spending more and more time researching the HCG diet.