What is the HCG Diet? How Will I Benefit from the HCG Diet?
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin: Most people know of this as the pregnancy hormone. When a woman becomes pregnant, this is the hormone tested in the urine on home pregnancy tests or in the laboratory. The developing embryo secretes it during the very first week of life and shortly thereafter the mother’s placenta takes over its production. It has been recognized in modern medicine since the early 1920’s and until recently was mainly thought to be responsible for enabling the mother’s uterus to maintain the pregnancy by stimulating enormous mounts of progesterone production. It has been safely used in modern medicine for over 70 years as a fertility drug for both men and women. More recent research reveals it to have a much broader range of effects on the developing fetus than was previously thought.
What is the HCG Diet?
The HCG diet was discovered in the 1950’s by a brilliant English endocrinologist named A.T.W. Simeons. He discovered the diet while working with obese young men in India. His story is fascinating and is worth reading in his book, Pound and Inches, A new approach to Obesity. The HCG diet is a medical diet that requires a commitment between patient and doctor and requires close monitoring to produce optimal results. The average weight loss is two thirds to three quarters of a pound per day and may be as much as a pound per day if there is a great deal of weight to lose. One unique aspect of the program is that the loss of weight comes mostly from fat that has been out of reach from the control of normal metabolism.
A regular program course consists of 125-200 units of HCG daily for 23 days plus two additional days of low caloric intake at the end. The first two days of injections are accompanied by purposeful over-eating. This prepares the body with adequate storage of fats for day three and four when the HCG mechanism starts to take effect. On days 3 through 25, participants eat 500 calories per day. On the last two days, there are no injections of HCG as the effect slowly wears off.
One of the unique and extraordinary qualities of this diet is that participants are rarely hungry despite the low calorie intake. This is because a small dose of HCG in conjunction with the 500 calorie diet helps the body dissolve previously inaccessible fat that is used as energy. As a result, aside from minimal or no hunger, participants have adequate energy and generally feel extremely well.
The HCG portion of the program is followed by the maintenance phase, which last three weeks. During this time, all foods are allowed with the exception of starches and sugars. This is also a very good time to begin experimenting with one’s reactions to different foods. I individually guide you through this portion in order to assure sustained weight reduction. Every morning upon arising one weighs oneself to help monitor and manage the weight that was lost.
Benefits of the HCG Diet
The HCG diet has many unique benefits. It is an extremely efficient diet, as people usually lose 14-18 pounds on average during the three plus weeks. It is not unusual for someone who is very overweight to lose 25 pounds in that amount of time. In addition, because of the unique biological mechanism involved, fat is lost in places most other diets cannot access.
It is worth repeating that HCG dieters rarely feel tired or lacking in energy during the dieting period. The distinctiveness of the HCG diet is that the dieter draws energy from the fat stores in his or her body through a unique biological mechanism. The HCG plus 500 calorie diet assures the fat that is already stored in the body is used up during the program. That is why people are rarely hungry even though they are eating so little.
The HCG diet will also jump start you metabolism so that when the diet is over, cravings are either markedly decreased or disappear entirely. You will be able to process food much more efficiently than you were before the program.
Finally, with an added body/mind component, one is very well positioned to make permanent, beneficial changes in one’s life.
There is plenty of HCG diet info around the web, but one has to be very discerning. Because of the Internet, this brilliant medical diet is becoming a marketing fad, and many distortions and false advertising need to be ferreted through.
In my practice, all of the pragmatics of the diet iare clearly explained, guidelines and menus are handed out and you are uniquely and individually supported through the entire process. (Please see HCG program)