The hCG Diet is a weight loss plan that is becoming increasingly popular – both in popularity itself, but also controversy.
This is a diet plan that will require your 100% best dedication as there is little-to-no-room for error. You must do your homework and plan ahead and come into this with the true desire to finally shed those unwanted pounds.
With that being said, here’s a breakdown of the important facts:
First you need to know what hCG is – hCG is scientifically defined as Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. Nevermind trying to pronounce it – what you do need to know is that it is a protein hormone that women naturally produce during pregnancy – right after conception.
The hCG Diet itself was created by Dr. Simeons as a weight loss cure for obesity. To begin the diet, and through the course of the diet, you will be required to take an hCG supplement, either orally or through injections. You must be aware of the risk of injections; and the cost associated with both options.
If you choose injections, you must have it prescribed by your doctor. It can possibly be found through other channels, however, it is likely illegal and unsafe. Additionally, the safest way to take the injections is to have it done by your doctor, as there is a very high risk of blood clotting when taking any injections. Blood clots can be deadly – and you may not even know they are forming. Therefore, you will need to visit your doctor’s office every couple of days to receive your injections. This is likely to become inconvenient and expensive, so the oral version seems to prove best.
What’s the importance of the hCG in the diet? The hCG breaks down abnormally high body fat and uses it as the body’s primary fuel and energy source.
While on the hCG Diet, you are expected to lose 1-2 pounds per day. In combination with the hCG, you will also be accompanying it with VLCD. VLCD is the abbreviation for Very Low Calorie Diet.
Which brings up the next point – your calorie intake will be in the neighborhood of 500-900 calories per day. Rather than counting calories, however, you will instead be weighing your food.
Furthermore, keep in mind that when you reduce your calorie intake to these low numbers, the hCG will send signals to your body’s cells to activate the fat storages to use as fuel. In simpler terms as to how it helps to control your appetite, the hCG acts as the appetite suppressant.
Without taking the hCG while on the diet, your body will begin to deplete muscle. You need your muscle for a vast array of reasons – obviously for strength but to also fight fat. If your body depletes muscle, your metabolism will greatly reduce. For each pound of muscle that your body loses, you also lose approximately 50 calories in metabolism.
Other important factors:
● It is recommended to avoid oils such as skin care products. It has been shown that when oil is absorbed into your skin, the hCG targets the oil rather than fat deposits.
● You will need to have; or you must purchase a food scale prior to beginning the program. The diet is based upon weight of food vs. calories in the food.
● It is recommended that you weigh yourself daily to note your daily progress. Digital scales prove to be a better option.
● Exercise is not recommended during the course of the program. Rather than being beneficial, it has actually shown to stall progress.
● Water is extremely important. You must have at least 64 ounces of water per day.
If you are planning to start this diet, it is encouraged that you 1) Consult your doctor, especially if you’re taking any medications. 2) Join an online community forum to get the advice, support and stories of others who have done it or are on the diet. 3) Plan far in advance, take measurements of yourself and set a goal. As with any new exercise or diet plan, you need to be well-prepared and give it your 100% best possible commitment.