HCG weight loss is an effective method for losing weight very rapidly. HCG, which stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a hormone that is naturally produced in the placenta of a pregnant woman. This hormone controls the metabolism rate in the body, which is what first lead to the discovery of its use in weight loss.
First of all, it is important to point out that this is a dieting method that should only be done as a short term measure to kick start your program. This is largely due to the fact the HCG injections are taken in combination of a very low daily calorie intake, around 500 calories a day, which is just enough for the body to survive on.
Obviously 500 calories sounds an impossibly low amount to stick to, but the HCG also acts as a hunger suppressant, and you wouldn’t stay at 500 calories a day for longer than a month.
Once you are past this initial stage, you should still maintain a diet plan of healthy eating and exercise to make sure you stay at a reasonable weight for your body type and size.
Another reason why HCG is effective is the hormone allows the body to burn the bad, excess fat of the body from the common problem areas while leaving the good fat intact. The unwanted fat is burned off and removed via the kidneys.
Before you undertake a diet like this, you will need to get the go ahead from your Doctor, and you will have various tests such as blood tests to make sure it is safe for you to proceed.
Due to the way the HCG controls the hypothalamus (which controls hunger, thirst, sleep patterns etc), you must make sure you follow the supplied diet closely, and make sure you drink plenty of fluids, water mostly.
You can expect to see results very quickly and you will see the weight literally dropping off. If you are of a very large size, you may want to consider the long terms effects of losing a lot of weight very quickly, such as remaining excess skin.
It is not uncommon for people to lose up to 5 pounds in weight in the first day alone. While this may sound very appealing, please let us re-iterate that this is a short term solution which should be the start of a long term plan of healthy eating and exercise.
Not only do you want to have long term results, you don’t want to go through this initial stage too many times due to expense and also any health problems that could arise from the low calorie program.
On the plus side, it is often recommended that you switch to healthy, organic food during the procedure, which can then often leads to the switch being a permanent one, giving you a lifetime of healthy benefits.
A HCG weight loss diet is considered to be a big step to take if wanting to lose a lot of weight rapidly, but not as extreme as weight loss surgery. So it could be an option for you if you feel you have exhausted all other methods.