The HCG Diet Explained in Plain English
I. WHAT DOES HCG STAND FOR? HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. It is a hormone that can be naturally found in our bodies, particularly in women’s bodies during pregnancy. Normally, this hormone is looked at by doctors to determine the health of a fetus by analyzing how much of it is present in a pregnant women’s body. II. WHAT IS THE HCG DIET? In the 1950s, a British doctor named Simeons discovered that the HCG hormone, injected into a patient, along with a 500 calorie diet per day, causes the patient to lose considerable weight quickly. This treatment became known as the “HCG Diet”. Today, there are two ways to take HCG: by mouth or as an injection. If taking HCG by mouth, you put 4 drops under your tongue, twice daily. Basically, the HCG hormone pushes a part of your brain (called hypothalamus) to start using fat stored in your body. III. HOW DO YOU DO THE HCG DIET? Simply put, you do the HCG diet by putting inside of your body the HCG hormone. You can do this orally, by mouth or by taking an injection of HCG under your skin (subcutaneously) or into your muscles (intramuscularly). There has been no evidence to suggest that taking it one way is better than the other, it’s just a matter of choice. The HCG diet is not recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, the use of HCG as a fertility drug is FDA approved. IV. HOW DO I GET HCG? Buying HCG is legal in the United States (check your laws in other countries). However, you cannot get HCG without a prescription. The only way to get it, for most people, is through online pharmacies (see recommendation below). Beware however not to buy “fake” HCG through questionable sellers. V.
ADVANTAGES OF THE HCG DIET 1) Speeds up Metabolism: Perhaps one of the most important advantages of the HCG hormone is that it speeds up the metabolism. This allows the body to burn fat faster without having to exercise. Weight loss of 1 to 4 lbs (0.5 to 2 Kgs) per day is often reported. A weight loss of 30 to 40 lbs (15 to 20 kgs) in 6 weeks is generally reported by dieters. 2) Natural Looking Weight Loss: Unlike gastric bypass for instance, which leaves you with sagging skin in some places, the HCG diet reportedly does not have the same effects. This produces a natural looking weight loss since your body will only burn “bad fat”; the kind that goes to your thigh and belly (also known as “love handles”). 3) No Exercise Necessary: While on the HCG diet, intense exercise is discouraged though you may do light exercise such as walking or yoga. 4) Increased Energy: Many dieters report feeling better and having more energy than before. If HCG burns fat and turns it into energy, this may explain why those on the HCG diet have more energy and feel better, physically. 5) Little Dietary Restrictions: While you can only consume 500 calories a day, you can eat almost any food although oily fat is not recommended. You can eat meat, seafood, certain types of fish, fruits and vegetables.
SIDE EFFECTS OF THE HCG DIET The use of HCG does come with side effects. Although the majority of those who use HCG report that the side effects are minimal and manageable, it stands to reason that the intensity of the side effects will depend on the person and the gender. If you choose to take HCG through injections, you may experience some localized muscle pain at the injection site. As with any injection, repetitive injections in the same area will increase the likelihood of muscle soreness. Rotating your injection site from one side of your body to the next should help. 1) Cravings: HCG diet users have reported getting strong cravings comparable to feeling hungry. This side effect generally occurs when you begin taking HCG and reportedly, stops shortly after. While having these cravings, users are advised to increase the use of fatty foods in their diet for a few days. 2) Low potassium levels: HCG itself does not cause low potassium, however since you cannot have fruits rich in potassium you may experience leg cramps while on the HCG diet. You can take dietary supplements to increase your potassium levels. 3) Accelerated puberty: Younger HCG users, those in their teens can see their puberty accelerate, causing them to experience an earlier than normal puberty. This may happen for both girls and boys but is more prevalent for boys. An accelerated puberty can have notable physical and psychological effects that should not be ignored. Teens considering the HCG diet should consult their doctor before starting. 4) Risk of Multiple Births: Women on HCG tend to be more fertile. If you get pregnant while taking HCG, you may find yourself carrying multiple children on a single pregnancy. You should also not take HCG during your menstrual cycle. Following recommendations by the HCG diet’s founder, dieters follow three stages over the course of six weeks. The first phase, called “loading”, lasts for two days and consists of eating foods that are high in fats. The second phase, called very low calorie diet or VLCD, consists of eating no more than 500 calories a day. The third and final phase of the HCG diet is the maintenance phase. At this stage, you slowly return to eating normally but being careful to limit your calorie intake to 1,500 per day.
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