Weight loss plans come and go. The market is constantly being flooded with new tricks, fads, gimmicks and pills. There is one diet though, that has kept its head above all of the weight loss trends and fads and has proven that it is here to stay. This is the HCG Diet.
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin. HCG is a hormone that is made by the placenta during a woman’s pregnancy. HCG has been used and is still used for male and female infertility. Medical researchers are still finding new uses for HCG in areas of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and many others. Read below to discover what the HCG diet is and if it is right for you.
In the 1930’s, HCG was first discovered to help with obesity by Dr. Simeons. He found that a daily dosage of HCG combined with a low calorie diet reduced weight, lessened hunger pangs, headaches, and irritability. Basically, Dr. Simeons showed that HCG doses helps with the side-effects that come with weight loss.
Two Pronged Approach
HCG has a two pronged approach. It involves a low calorie diet and daily HCG doses. The HCG diet prescribes two 250 calorie meals every day. Every meal should consist of a protein, a carbohydrate, a vegetable and a fruit. Portions must be kept small, calories must not exceed 500 calories, but there is a wide variety of food to choose from.
You body has three types of fat: structural, normal and abnormal. Your body needs structural and normal fat, but does not need the abnormal fat.
Because you are eating such a low amount of calories, your body will need to mobilize the abnormal fat for energy. Daily doses of the hormone – preferably in the form of HCG injections – make this mobilization possible. Even though the dieter is consuming an ultra-low amount of calories, the body won’t starve because it is able to burn the abnormal fat.
Is the HCG diet a long term diet or a short term diet? Experts suggest that the HCG diet should only be treated as a temporary weight loss plan. The HCG diet should run for about 25 days. Dieters should take a break and then start another cycle of 25 days with HCG doses and low calorie eating. In all, dieters should do no more than 4 cycles.
The breaks between cycles are important because they keep your metabolism regulated. If you continue on with a low calorie diet, your metabolism will slow down. This will only hinder your long term weight loss goals. It is important that during the breaks, you maintain a healthy and balanced diet, which will ensure you will not gain more weight.
Be disciplined and religiously follow the low calorie diet. If you ‘indulge’ you will store abnormal fat instead of using it.
HCG and the FDA
The FDA has made statements about the effectiveness of the HCG diet. Primarily, their concerns revolve around two factors: over-the-counter, homeopathic drops and lack of conclusive evidence.
First of all, their objection is not with prescription-based plans that are regulated by a doctor. Secondly, the FDA isn’t saying the HCG diet does not work. It is only stating that there is no concrete evidence the HCG diet will lead to effective weight loss. We can conclude that the HCG still needs a lot more research in order to prove its effectiveness as a weight loss plan.
A Plan for You?
The HCG weight loss plan has been widely used and has been around for many years. It is straightforward and clearly laid out. It does take a lot of discipline and continuity in order for the results to occur. However, any sacrifices made are usually recouped as abundant rewards.
What do you think? We want to hear from you. Is HCG dieting the plan for you? Or are you waiting for more concrete evidence to surface? Either way, we want to know what is driving your weight loss decision!
Jessica is a freelance writer who pens articles about various health and fitness subjects. She recently wrote this article with tips for running on a treadmill.