Update: The FDA is warning consumers that over the counter HCG products marketed as weight loss aids are unproven and illegal. Harmful effects from these products should be reported online to the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm and to your health care professional.

Does HCG pose a cancer risk? What role does placebo play in the HCG diet? Learn why experts are concerned. Click here to read an article on HCG fact vs. fiction from Pieter Cohen, MD, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School.


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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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