Yes some people claim that they are indeed losing weight by injecting themselves with human urine.
Not just any human urine but injecting with urine from pregnant women.
This weight loss method requires a person to restrict his/her diet to 500 calories a day and daily injections of urine from pregnant women.
The practitioners of this method claim that it helps them lose ‘a pound a day’, according to the WCVB-TV station in Boston. Sheryl Paloni of Boston told WCVB that she lost 43 pounds while on the diet since June.
Such is the belief of the believers on this urine injection method that the special urine, that of a pregnant women costs anywhere from $300 to $565 for a six-week supply.
Is there any scientific reasoning that can prove the method really effective and more than just a fad?
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center,
Such urine injections may have contributed to the death of Mario Lanza, a film and recording star from the 1950s. Lanza, who died at age 38, was on the diet for the last two years of his life. He could have died partly from thyrotoxicosis, a condition of speed-up metabolism and an irregular heartbeat, brought on by a hormone, called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), present in pregnant women’s urine.
Many weight-loss counselors say that it’s the HCG that promotes the weight loss. Urine from pregnant women contains HCG, which is made by the placenta during pregnancy (The hormone’s presence in urine is what makes pregnancy tests turn up positive).
The mechanism boosted by HCG goes like this:
In a non-pregnant person, the hormone can make the brain think the body is pregnant, and supposedly makes the body metabolize faster.
Are there any skeptics around?
Yes, and they have strong reason to be there. According to the critics of ‘Urine injection induced weight loss’ rather than the hormone present in the pregnant lady’s urine; it’s the 500-calorie per day restriction that promotes the weight loss.
NOTE: The post is neither an advice nor a recommendation. Don’t try anything you read, unless your doctor advises.