HCG diet is the process of using the organic hormones consumed through absorption putting 0.22 milliliters (cc) under your tongue, in most cases done 2 times per day. It is usually done to lose weight or body fat which are being accommodated around the body. It is a procedure that produces a very effective effect in burning or reducing fat to help you live a healthy life. HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, gained popularity more than 80 years ago when it was discovered in the urine of pregnant women. HCG is a hormone that is used in detecting the presence of pregnancy in the body. During pregnancy, the hormone helps in providing nutrients and calories to the growing fetus. The calories are provided independently of the calorie intake of the pregnant woman.
HCG carries out its functions in some ways. These are some of them:
- Through HCG, the hypothalamus makes your body to have a normal metabolism, burn fat and adjust the body weight to what the body will be able to cope with. Through HCG, the body is able to extract fat from the hidden areas of the body. The thighs, back, arms, face and hips are some of those places that store abnormal fat. During the burning process, the fat locked up in those areas is used up for nutrients and energy. The result is made possible when you have a very low-calorie diet, otherwise known as VLCD, of around 500 calories.
The HCG and the low-calorie diet works together in improving the body’s metabolism in burning fat. Though you are eating a 500-calorie diet, the fat metabolized really means that you’re consuming up to 4000 cal per day, leading to weight loss and a good skin that tightens up and shrinks. With the HCG diet, your body is going to be restructured without the need for surgery or exercise, leading to the loss of about 5 pounds of fat per day.
- Through the HCG diet, you can easily make your body to maintain a normal metabolism. Many people do not know the techniques of living a healthy life with a low-calorie diet. This happens because the body is always put on starvation, leading to a slow metabolism rate which may lead to weight gain after or during the diet. Through metabolism, HCG helps you to maintain the energy level of your body, and you may even gain more energy with the HCG diet.
- HCG will help you to have the normal hypothalamus and weight, making your metabolism to remain at its normal level, even when you’re no longer taking HCG. With the HCG diet, you are able to have a normal appetite that enables you to eat less, even after you have stopped taking the special diet.
This is a sample HCG diet that may help you in getting started:
Coffee or tea in any quantity, but you should not use sugar. Only a tablespoonful of milk should be taken in 24 hours. You may also use allowable stevia or Saccharin (brand name Sweet ‘n’ Low).
About 4 oz. of veal, chicken breast, beef, fresh white fish, crab, lobster, or shrimp. You need to remove all visible fat before cooking, in addition to weighing the meat raw. It needs to be boiled or grilled and you should not add fat again. Some other things that you need to stay away from are salmon, herring, tuna, eel, dried or pickled fish.
For vegetables, these are very good options: chard, spinach, chicory, beet-greens, tomatoes, green salad, celery, asparagus, fennel, red radishes, onions, cucumbers, and cabbage. You may also consider one Melba toast, one grissini breadstick, or 2 Melba “snacks” (original, whole grain, garlic, or sesame flavored), and a handful of strawberries, an apple, one orange or one-half grapefruit.
For dinner, you may consider the mixture of the different foods mentioned for lunch.
HCG diet side effects
Despite the different benefits that are found with HCG diet, there are some side effects. Some of them are cravings for food, mood swings, feelings of hunger, skin rashes, poor immune system, and some other health risks like severe varicose veins, hypertension, hypoglycemia and heart ailments.
Notwithstanding the different side effects, HCG diet is one of the best options for those interested in losing weight. You only need to make sure that you follow the different recommendations of the doctor and nutritionist.