Have you made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight? What is your plan? Over the last few years, a new diet has emerged for rapid weight loss. The hCG diet has been controversial, but has proven to be successful, when administered carefully and correctly.
The diet is named for the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone, which is naturally produced in the placenta and controls metabolic function through the hypothalamus during pregnancy. Any hCG used for medical purposes is created in laboratories from sterile cells.
The protocol for the hCG diet includes a low calorie diet combined with treatments for the hCG hormone. Individuals adhering to an hCG diet protocol could lose 1-3 lbs. per day. Faster weight loss can often be attained with increased vegetable, fiber and water intake. Additionally, the hCG diet is known for helping dieters easily maintain long-term weight loss.
There are a variety of hCG diets available, including diets that incorporate the hCG hormone in pills, drops, creams or shots. Typical protocol for an hCG diet includes:
- Daily administration of hCG, by injection, pills, drops, etc.
- Excessive eating until the third hCG treatment, after which the dieter will begin a strict 500 calorie per day diet for 72 hours. During this time, there are also restrictions on personal care products that can be used.
- For the next three weeks, the dieter is able to eat any food, with the exception of sugars and starches. After three weeks, starches are quickly introduced into the diet in small quantities.
One question that commonly arises regarding diet is the safety of such rapid weight loss. Though consuming only 500 calories, the hCG causes the hypothalamus to continually release stored fat, so the body is actually operating on thousands of calories per day, rather than only 500 calories, which would be unhealthy.
Studies of the diet have shown that most fat lost during the diet comes directly from adipose fat tissue (unhealthy fat), rather than muscle. While burning fat, the hCG diet releases much needed nutrients that are stored in fatty tissue. The release of these nutrients can help dieters feel and look healthier and avoid health risks associated with being overweight.
The hCG diet should always be administered under the supervision of a medical professional. Prior to beginning the diet, your doctor will order blood tests and perform a general health exam. If you are considering the hCG diet to lose weight, consult with your physician and seek help from a medical professional to administer your diet.