The HCG diet may very well be the most controversial diets in history. While many folks dismiss the diet as quackery, many have sung its praises.
What exactly is HCG?
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and according to wikipedia this is a hormone that is produced by the syncytiotrophoblast, a component of the fertilized egg, after conception.
Both men and women have traces of this hormone, however, during pregnancy a woman's HCG level will double every forty eight to seventy two hours.
What role does HCG play in diet and weight loss?
One of the roles of HCG is to nourish the baby. If a pregnant woman goes into pregnancy at a relatively healthy weight, but for some reason doesn't get the proper nutrition during their pregnancy term, the baby will still receive its needed nourishment. This is due to the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, it enables the baby to feed off of the mother's fat stores.
Now do you see the connection with dieting? Dr. Albert Simeons certainly did, in the fifties he dedicated a great deal of research to HCGs effect on obesity. He claims that injecting this hormone into his patients caused rapid fat loss without hunger and this is inspite of being on a very low calorie diet.
Not your average extreme low calorie diet. Losing your body's fat is ideal in that you maintain your muscle.
Being on a very low calorie diet will cause weight loss, no doubt, but it's the HCG that prevents this from being a typical VLCD. For starters the HCG allows your body to feed off of its own fat. So then the weight you lose will be fat. Those on the diet claimed to lose mainly fat and very low muscle.
HCG is not FDA approved for weight loss, however, it is approved for other conditions such as infertility.
I attempted the HCG diet, I failed, however, I am not ready to write the diet off just yet. There is a plastic surgery center near where I live that offered the diet package for a sale price of $900.00. Out of desperation I set up a consultation. Other than supplying the HCG, there was nothing they did that I felt warranted the price tag. So I went home and googled. I found quite a bit of information online along with HCG at a far better price.
When buying online make sure HCG is real and not a placebo or homeopathic
I found a place online that offered free HCG in exchange for an endorsement. Unfortunately I cannot endorse this company because I wasn't satisfied. They did a few things wrong that resulted in my early abandonment of the diet. Their price was high and they cut way too many corners.
I can say that what I injected was indeed real HCG, but because the company chose to cut corners I ended up injecting too high of a dose. Thanks to many forums dedicated to this diet I was able to receive some good advice. If I had to do it again, and I may as some point, I would go directly to a reputable online pharmacy as opposed to sites dedicated to selling only HCG and HCG products.
HCG diet should always be a last resort
There are many reasons why weight loss isn't possible. See your doctor and exhaust probable causes. My reason, I'm certain, is estrogen dominance. I intend to see an endocrinologist. I cut soy out of my diet and I was able to lose ten pounds. I still gain weight and bloat before my cycle to an abnormal degree. I've come to terms with the fact that I won't really be able to get down to my ideal size until my hormones are balanced.
No scientific proof
I noticed there is not a lot of research or clinical studies done on the HCG diet. I think I read one viable study, however, there wasn't any support based on this study that HCG causes any more fat loss than any other low calorie diet. I personally felt this was very limiting since there does appear to be enough personal testimonials in favor of the diet.
Since I didn't really go through with the diet and can not offer any personal feedback. My only advice would be to see your doctor. My doctor would not prescribe HCG, however, your doctor may do so if you are significantly overweight.
Please let me know if you've tried the diet or if you have any thoughts concerning this diet.
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