How to Manage Weight through HCG Diet

The HCG diet has been popular for several years among people who are concerned about losing weight. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a protein-based hormone produces during pregnancy. HCG is used as a marker during home pregnancy tests.

Women, who are into their first three months of pregnancy, the blood levels of HCG, go down. The HCG diet is considered an extreme diet that can cause fast weight loss of up to 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kg) a day.

The concept of HCG diet coined when the British doctor Albert Simeons first proposed this as a process or tool to lose weight back in 1954.

Dr. Simeons’ diet comprised of two major components:

§ A very low-calorie diet of about 500 calories a day

§ Application of the HCG hormone via injection

The objective of an ultra-low-calorie diet can reset an individual’s metabolism, and help him/her lose as much as a pound per day without any hunger pangs or weakness.

These days, many HCG products are available in the market in various forms, including pellets, sprays, and oral drops. Even many websites and medical, retail stores offer these products claiming the best results. However, it suggested avoiding using any over-the-counter product without consulting a qualified doctor.

How Does the HCG Diet Work?

As mentioned earlier, the HCG diet limits a person’s food intake to 500 calories per day for 8 weeks while taking HCG by getting a shot or through pellets, oral drops, or sprays, as the doctor suggests.

The secret behind HCG’s success is that it tricks the hypothalamus to burn fat resources in the human body to make up for the energy shortage due to the low-calorie diet. This is how the HCG diet boosts metabolism and helps people lose substantial amounts of fat without making them feel hungry.

Various studies, however, claim that the weight-loss through the HCG diet occurs due to its ultra-low-calorie intake only, and has no relation with the HCG hormone though these studies are still inconclusive.

What You Can or Cannot Eat While on HCG Diet

While on the HCG diet, you will have a limited diet. Generally, there are two meals a day -- lunch and dinner. Each meal should comprise one vegetable, one protein-rich food, one bread, and one fruit.

Non-vegetarians can grill or broil chicken breast, veal, lobster, crab, fresh white fish, or shrimp as long as they do not eat any visible fat. They need to avoid tuna, salmon, dried/pickled fish, or herring.

In vegetables, you can include beet green, tomatoes, green salad, onions, cucumber, red radishes, cabbage, fennel, and celery.

You can eat fruits such as an apple, an orange, half grapefruit, or a few strawberries. There is not any restriction when it comes to drinking water, tea, and coffee. You can even have one tablespoon of milk every day.

Find an HCG Weight-Loss Program

You can consult a qualified medical aesthetic expert to undergo an HCG diet program in a structured process. A diet program like this usually runs for 21-24 days. You can resume this diet after a 3-week break, as the body needs enough time to recover.

An aesthetic medicine expert will provide you with a comprehensive diet-plan as a part of the program that you need to follow without any deviation. The doctor will give you precise doses of HCG, which you need to consume at specified times.

The outcomes of the HCG diet may vary from one person to another. A few potential side effects that may happen in some people include headache, muscle aches, leg cramps, and constipation.

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