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Everything You Want to Know About the HCG Weight Loss Cure

Mark Neumann

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Weight loss can be a challenge. Every day, some new weight loss cure promising to easily improve our weight loss efforts comes along, but most of them fall short of their promises and our expectations. With so much noise and misinformation in the weight loss world, people have difficulty knowing what to believe.

One such recent weight loss trend you may have heard about is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), a heavily touted weight loss cure among some medical professionals that still faces a lot of opposition.

Read on to learn more about this dietary supplement, including what HCG is, the history of the diet, recommendations for dietary management, the diet, and both short- and long-term HCG side effects.

HCG

HCG is produced by the placenta during pregnancy, almost completely controlling the woman’s metabolic functions. This naturally produced hormone affects metabolic functions, making abnormal fat reserves available for use as fuel. Many pregnant women produce large amounts of HCG to release fat stores that provide nourishment for their child.

History of the HCG Diet

The HCG diet originated with a British doctor named A.T.W. Simeons. In the 1950s, Simeons injected HCG into children suffering from Frohlich's syndrome, a condition causing obesity and slow development of reproductive organs. After he administered the hormone, the patients developed lean muscle and lost body fat. Simeons proceeded to inject HCG into obese men and women over the coming decades. Additionally, he instructed these men and women onto a 500-calorie diet consisting of lean meats, fruits, a piece of bread, and some leafy vegetables.

Dr. Simeons later published “The HCG Weight Loss Cure,” which aims to reboot an under-active hypothalamus gland. The idea was to duplicate his findings by eliminating fat from the common problem areas and reset the body’s metabolism to that of a typical thin person through a combination of synthetic HCG injections and a restricted diet.

Administration

HCG experts state there are great benefits to be found in HCG. Even though this product has demonstrated potential in weight loss management, any process that increases levels of naturally produced hormones requires proper care to reduce risks. Any treatment should be overseen by a medical weight loss physician. Many who self-medicate increase the likelihood of future health problems.

There are a variety of ways HCG can be administered. Daily HCG fat burning injections and oral drops are two common ways, with results occurring in as little as a few weeks. Every human body is different and must be treated with different dosages that are tricky to manage. Seek advice from a doctor who can help you find the right dosage for you, ensuring you are able to continue your weight loss in a safe manner.

The "Weight Loss Cure" Diet

Changes in eating habits play a crucial role after treatments have begun, and they promote better results. This diet will establish routines in eating and will enable the patient to continue long-term weight loss. Many people attribute their successful experience to the healthy habits learned while on the HCG diet.

The diet, while restrictive, is straightforward. Breakfast consists of tea or coffee, with only a single tablespoon of milk in a 24-hour period. Stevia is the recommended sweetener. For lunch, consume 100 grams of meat protein, but nothing canned. Remove all visible fat and weigh the meat raw. White fish, beef and chicken are allowed with the skin and extra fat being removed. If chicken is used, remove the skin. If chicken is used, remove the skin. Eat a single serving of vegetables from among the following: tomatoes (1 cup), fennel or onions (1½ cups), spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, celery, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, or cabbage (2 cups). Do not eat cherry tomatoes. An apple, orange, 10 strawberries or ½ grapefruit rounds out the meal. A single Grissini bread stick or piece of Melba toast (preferably organic) may also be eaten. For dinner, the dieter chooses from the same selections as lunch.

As some foods will interact differently with medicines, experts recommend consulting with a doctor to determine alternative food choices. Experts claim that HCG helps fend off hunger that stems from a restricted diet. Thousands of extra calories begin to flood the system from the fat being metabolized. HCG diets can be easier to stick to than a traditional healthy diet that simply restricts calories.

Opposition

Some opponents of HCG weight loss highlight the dangers in losing weight quickly and the restrictive nature of a low-calorie diet. When taking HCG, you will need to exclude certain foods from your diet. The FDA states that the true cause of the weight loss is the extremely reduced diet, pointing out that the diet’s proponents’ claims of daily weight loss totals are false, as are the claims it reduces hunger and tones muscle. While a low-calorie diet will result in short-term weight loss, the FDA points out that no additional benefit has been demonstrated from adding HCG to the equation.

HCG Side Effects

Low-calorie diets, while effective in the short term, may cause a variety of side effects. Anything that requires fewer than 800 calories a day is known as a very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) and tends to result in weight loss that returns the instant the diet has ended. Several short-term side effects may occur while on the diet, including fatigue, diarrhea, and nausea. VLCD diets may also compromise the immune system and cause anemia, decreased thyroid function, and bone loss. Malnutrition may also occur, as VLCDs aren’t well-balanced and don’t provide adequate calories. Finally, side effects could include headaches, breast tenderness, edema and while HCG will not cause gall stones it may aggravate them if they are present. HCG may also disrupt ovarian cysts.

The HCG diet’s effectiveness has yet to be fully ascertained. While a quick fix like HCG sounds appealing to someone desperate to lose weight, exercise caution and always consult with your physician. Following good nutritional principles and exercising daily may not sound exciting, but the results are easier on your body and your wallet and they will certainly last longer.

If you’re ready for a medical weight loss plan that produces real results, contact us today to request a consultation.