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Is dietary pattern of schizophrenia patients different from healthy subjects?

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Myth vs Fact The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Diet This fact sheet was created to address myths about the hCG diet and provide facts about safer weight loss methods. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for health problems like diabetes and heart disease. Many people—about 114 million—struggle to lose weight, spending $60 billion or more on weight loss products each year. Experts agree that the healthiest way to lose is weight is gradually, through lifestyle changes—making healthy food choices, watching portion size, and exercising each day. Still, many dieters are drawn to the quick weight loss promises of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) diet. They wonder: Does it work? Is it safe? Decades of scientific research have shown that hCG does not help people who are overweight or obese to lose extra pounds. So why do people lose weight on the hCG diet? Doctors say it’s not the hCG. People lose weight because they’re only eating 500 calories per day on the diet. Experts worry that this diet puts people’s health at risk. In general, women need 1,600 to 2,400 calories per day and men need 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day to maintain a healthy weight. Following a healthy diet when eating only 500 calories a day is possible. But eating so few calories could be unsafe and should be done only under a doctor’s guidance. Even if you’re not dieting, using hCG could be harmful. This fact sheet was developed to address myths about the hCG diet, to provide facts about its use, and to suggest safer options for losing weight. What exactly is hcG? Human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone produced during pregnancy to help nourish the growing fetus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved hCG for a number of medical uses. Doctors most often prescribe it to treat infertility. hCG helps a woman’s eggs to mature a

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