People injecting urine to lose weight
Source: The Globe and Mail —
Some people will do anything to lose weight. I mean anything.
If you think cutting out carbs in order to shed pounds is extreme, then youâ€™re probably not ready for a new diet regimen that has people injecting themselves with urine from pregnant women.
But at least one woman, who has lost 43 pounds on the diet since June, clearly wasnâ€™t fazed by the idea of injecting herself with someone elseâ€™s pee.
â€œI thought, â€˜My goodness, you could lose a pound a day just taking a shot? Iâ€™m going to find out about this,â€™â€ Sheryl Paloni told TheBostonChannel.com.
Iris McCarthy, a weight-loss counsellor at Success Weight Loss Systems, said that itâ€™s not the urine itself that works the magic, but a hormone in it.
The hormone, called human chorionic gonadotrophin, has been shown to help the body metabolize faster by tricking your brain into thinking you are pregnant, she said. â€œThis will help you have patience to learn how to change your ways and change your relationship with food.â€
Of course, the fact that the injection program also comes with a strict 500-calorie-a-day diet might also explain why anyone who jumps on the hCG bandwagon could lose weight.
â€œThe hCG doesnâ€™t have anything to do with the weight loss,â€ Dr. Barry Ramos, a cardiologist, told TheBostonChannel.com. â€œThe fact is if you go on a 500-calorie-a-day diet, you lose weight. The bottom line is, itâ€™s potentially dangerous because you donâ€™t know what youâ€™re injecting in your body.â€
Ms. Paloni is still a firm believer that the urine injections make a difference.
â€œItâ€™s an amazing thing. It really is. When I took a shot I was never hungry. Iâ€™m not hungry. Iâ€™ve learned how to eat better. I feel great and I truly believe that I will not put the weight back on,â€ she said.
If the idea of injecting urine grosses you out, fear not: Thereâ€™s also a pellet option.