If you have heard of the astounding weight loss claims of many weight loss patients and medical professionals regarding the HCG diet and you’re considering it yourself, there are important things you need to know about HCG and weight loss. For starters, you should know that the HCG diet is a treatment protocol in which you follow a set schedule of injections of the HCG hormone, restrict calories, and eat only unprocessed whole foods (meats, fish, vegetables, and fruits). Usually, the weight loss part of the protocol is 30 to 40 days. When followed strictly, the HCG diet has been proven to be one of the best ways to achieve quick weight loss – 20 to 30 or more pounds of weight loss in 30 days is very common.
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin. HCG is a hormone naturally produced by all men and women, but in pregnant women it is produced at much higher levels. It then plays an important role in the metabolizing of calories in stored fat, ensuring that the fetus gets caloric energy even at times of low food consumption by the mother.
Is the HCG diet the best way to lose weight?
Medical treatment for obesity should be done on a case-by-case basis. However, many weight-loss clinics and practitioners report that the HCG diet is one of the best weight loss programs available and works with patients who have failed to effectively lose weight from more traditional calorie restriction and dieting methods.
There is still no clear consensus among experts on how the HCG diet exactly works to induce dramatic, quick weight loss. However, what they do know is that HCG promotes production of other hormones in the body and results in more energy being burned in the muscles.In turn, this energy is obtained from abnormal fat stores, as HCG helps to metabolize the abnormal fat.This may be why the observations of some clinicians have shown that the rapid weight loss with HCG results is mostly from fat and not muscle – unlike other diets. This is very important since muscle burns calories and the retention of muscle mass makes it easier to sustain weight loss.
The HCG diet has been proven to work well to achieve dramatic weight loss, but it also has additional benefits. It has been shown to significantly reduce hunger and food cravings, which makes calorie reduction more achievable. It also has been shown to help reduce blood pressure, increase energy, enhance restful sleep, reduce incidence of indigestion and acid reflux, as well as increase overall sense of well being. Further, the quick and dramatic results can be very motivating compared to programs that provide significantly slower weight loss progress. However, it is very important to get the guidance of a weight loss specialist on how to keep the weight off once it is lost. A weight management program that fits your individual is almost always recommended.
Is the HCG diet right for everyone?
While most people can do very well on the HCG diet, it is not always the best weight loss program for everyone -some people would do better on other programs. Only a well-trained specialist can effectively guide a patient to the program that will likely work best for them. There are many things that a professional will take into consideration when determining the best weight loss program for a specific individual. Also, the HCG hormone may be contraindicated for people with certain past or present medical conditions.
Are all HCG diets the same?
Not all HCG diets are the same and dieters must exercise caution. There are homeopathic drops that used to be widely sold until they were banned by the Food and Drug Administration. These drops have very little if any actual HCG in them. Therefore, they do not give the benefits mentioned earlier in this article. And although people would lose weight with these fake HCG products, they would often experience hunger and significant loss of muscle mass.
It is essential that before starting the HCG diet, you seek out a licensed medical professional who has experience in this area. A medical check-up and blood tests are essential before attempting this type of dramatic weight loss. A medical evaluation will help to determine the potential safety and effectiveness of the HCG protocol for you. And the advice received at your exam will help ensure you are making a well-informed decision.
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