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Hcg Diet

Hcg Diet

What Is hcg?

HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone present at high levels in early pregnancy.

In fact, this hormone is used as a marker in home pregnancy tests.

HCG has also been used to treat fertility issues in both men and women.

However, elevated blood levels of HCG may also be a symptom of several types of cancer, including placental, ovarian and testicular cancer.

A British doctor named Albert Simeons first proposed HCG as a weight loss tool in 1954.

His diet consisted of two main components:

An ultra-low-calorie diet of around 500 calories per day.

The HCG hormone administered via injections.

What Is the HCG Diet, and How Does the Fad Diet Work?

The diet requires that you eat only 500 calories a day, supposedly as part of an effort to help reset your metabolism and change your abnormal eating patterns, as the FDA explains in its warning against the diet. The HCG diet also requires you to take a daily dose of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Available in injections, pellets, sprays, oral drops, and pills, HCG is the hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy.

How the Diet Is Prescribed

The HCG diet is a very low-fat, very low-calorie diet.

It is generally divided into three phases:

Loading phase: Start taking HCG and eat plenty of high-fat, high-calorie foods for two days.

Weight loss phase: Continue taking HCG and eat only 500 calories per day for 3–6 weeks.

Maintenance phase: Stop taking HCG. Gradually increase food intake but avoid sugar and starch for three weeks.

Is HCG Safe?

Physicians working with HCG point to the fact that minute doses of the hormone are used. Long-term studies of the HCG protocol for weight loss, however, have not been done.

At the same time, there are practitioners who have been using HCG successfully with their patients for years. Increasing numbers of legitimate practitioners, including physicians, hormone experts and some bariatric (weight loss) physicians, are rediscovering HCG, and using it themselves, or with patients, and finding it successful.Physicians working with HCG point to the fact that minute doses of the hormone are used. Long-term studies of the HCG protocol for weight loss, however, have not been done.

At the same time, there are practitioners who have been using HCG successfully with their patients for years. Increasing numbers of legitimate practitioners, including physicians, hormone experts and some bariatric (weight loss) physicians, are rediscovering HCG, and using it themselves, or with patients, and finding it successful.

started by researching how the diet began

The HCG diet was developed in the 1950s by Dr. Simeons, who ran an elite "health" spa in Europe. Based on the observations that malnourished women are still able to sustain pregnancies, the theory was that the hormone made during the first trimester, HCG, triggers a reaction in the body that uses stored fat as energy. He injected patients with HCG daily for 21-40 days, and placed them on an extremely regimented, ultra low calorie diet. His patients reportedly not only dropped weight quickly, but claimed to feel great, with no hunger, losing stubborn pockets of fat that had not come off on previous diets. Dr. Simeon believed that we have conditioned our body to have a "set" weight, and that HCG, with proper diet, would retrain your body to achieve a new set weight. He believed that a minimum of 21 days on the HCG, followed by a "stabilization" period, was the amount of time the body needs to magically "reset" its weight.

How the Diet Is Prescribed

The HCG diet is a very low-fat, very low-calorie diet.

It is generally divided into three phases:

Loading phase: Start taking HCG and eat plenty of high-fat, high-calorie foods for two days.

Weight loss phase: Continue taking HCG and eat only 500 calories per day for 3–6 weeks.

Maintenance phase: Stop taking HCG. Gradually increase food intake but avoid sugar and starch for three weeks.

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