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Hcg Weight Loss

Hcg Weight Loss

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.

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.

Furthermore, these studies determined that the HCG hormone did not significantly reduce hunger.

HCG and Weight Loss

Although a prescription drug, HCG pills and liquid are sometimes purchased as a weight-loss supplement.

Since the FDA has not approved HCG for weight loss or over-the-counter (OTC) use, its sale is illegal, and any purported benefit of HCG in weight loss remains controversial.

The manufacturer of Pregnyl clearly states in its package insert that HCG has no proven benefit in weight loss, appetite decrease, or change in body-fat composition.

Common Side effects of HCG

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Swelling in the feet, ankles, lowers legs, or hands
  • Appearance of female breasts in men
  • Pain in the area where you received the injection

Serious Side Effects of HCG

  • Entering puberty sooner than normal
  • Painful rupture or swelling of the ovaries
  • Allergic reactions, including life-threatening ones
  • Blood clots
  • Multiple pregnancies (conceiving twins or triplets)

HCG diet limitations and warnings

Muscle loss

A VERY important drawback to low-calorie regimens like the HCG diet is the fact that not only will you lose fat, but your body will break down valuable muscle necessary to stoke the flames of your metabolism.

Such a low calorie regimen cannot be realistically maintained for an extended period of time and, when you go back to eating normally, your reduced muscle mass (lower metabolism) will leave you more susceptible to weight regain (yo-yo dieting).

Safety

A 500 calorie diet is very low energy and ideally should be supervised by a responsible bariatric physician or university-qualified dietitian (not a self-styled “nutritionist”). Generally speaking, a diet of less than 1200 calories is likely to be nutritionally deficient in terms of the main macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, fat) and vitamins and minerals.

How  Does Hcg Help With Reducing Weight?

Simply put, HCG helps dieters lose weight by metabolizing the body’s stored fat during the dieting process. This not only keeps you energized while on a very low calorie diet, but it also helps you lose inches faster than with diet and exercise alone.

There are two types of fat in your body. The first type is visceral fat, which provides short-term energy storage. When you engage in short bursts of activity, you burn visceral fat. The second type is subcutaneous fat, which your body uses for long-term energy storage. Visceral fat is located in the abdomen, situated around your vital organs. Subcutaneous fat is located all over your body. Generally, about 90% of the fat in the human body is subcutaneous. Additionally, women typically have a higher percentage of subcutaneous fat as opposed to men, who typically carry more visceral fat. Regardless of sex, however, this subcutaneous fat is the “stubborn” fat that is hard to lose with diet and exercise. Subcutaneous fat is the same “stored fat” that HCG metabolizes.

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