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Hcg Diet Reviews

Hcg Diet Reviews

What is the HCG diet?

HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and is the hormone produced by women during pregnancy.

In the 1950s, British physician Dr. Albert T. Simeons used HCG injections for the treatment of obesity.

He suggested that the addition of HCG to a reduced-calorie diet might help dieters stay on track (adherence), reduce hunger cravings during food restriction, and promote fat loss.

The Simeons HCG protocol entailed daily injections of 125 international units (IU) six times per week for a total of 40 injections.  The diet component consisted of 500 calories per day broken up into two daily meals.3

How Does the HCG Hormone Work?

HCG triggers the body to mobilise fat stores to bring energy to the growing baby, and this is where the supposed weight loss claims are founded. HCG is also gonadotropic, meaning that it prompts genital development. As such, hCG is normally used as a fertility treatment.

HCG advertising

You can easily buy HCG online in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

The internet is littered with commercial websites promoting HCG as a weight loss panacea.

The sites are egregiously biased to sell product and do a masterful job of overcoming objections and giving visitors that sliver of hope that it “might” work (even though the boloney detector says no).

Unfortunately, these websites also crowd out reliable unbiased sites that aim to protect consumers.

Even more reputable sites like Amazon let a lot of “woo” slip through the cracks.  Check out Amazon and you can see for yourself how outlandish and misleading the claims are (i.e., “Lose a pound a day.” Yep, maybe a pound of muscle, carbohydrate, and body water, but it certainly won’t be a pound of fat).

Does HCG Help You Lose Weight?

Proponents of the HCG diet claim that it boosts metabolism and helps you lose large amounts of fat — all without feeling hungry.

Various theories attempt to explain HCG’s weight loss mechanisms.

However, multiple studies have concluded that weight loss achieved by the HCG diet is due to ultra-low-calorie intake alone and has nothing to do with the HCG hormone (7, 8, 9, 10).

These studies compared the effects of HCG and placebo injections given to individuals on a calorie-restricted diet.

 Weight loss was identical or nearly identical between the two groups.

How the Diet Is Prescribed

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

It is generally divided into three phases:

  1. Loading phase: Start taking HCG and eat plenty of high-fat, high-calorie foods for two days.
  2. Weight loss phase: Continue taking HCG and eat only 500 calories per day for 3–6 weeks.
  3. Maintenance phase: Stop taking HCG. Gradually increase food intake but avoid sugar and starch for three weeks.

What Does the HCG Diet Cost?

There are many hCG diets springing up all over the www as this fad diet continues to gain popularity.

The cost of the hCG diet is significant for those that go to surgeries for their injections and consultations; £1150 for 30 days supply is not uncommon.

For the drops, expect to pay around £49.95 for one bottle, (2 fl oz, 60ml). There will be additional costs for recipe guides, books, and meal plans.

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