HCG Diet Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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HCG is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body. HCG diet injections are based on the classic diet protocol developed by Dr. Simeons in the 1950s. The HCG diet protocol has been used by thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people, to effectively tell the body to use stored fat as energy and help individuals lose weight. This diet has been very effective in helping with weight loss for people needing to lose a stubborn 15 lbs to 150 lbs.
Many people who hear of the HCG diet for the first time have questions. Following are some of the most common questions we hear.
What is HCG?
What does the term "HCG" stand for? HCG is the acronym for human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone that is usually found in the human body, but it is produced in larger quantities by pregnant women. The main role of this hormone is to the use the fat stored by the body to release calories, needed for the new life developing inside the womb. It is like the ultimate fat burner and it is made by the human body!
As other substances produced by the human body, HCG is complex and its actions are well balanced, to ensure that the mother and the baby remain healthy. Basically, one of its functions is to regulate the metabolism, and this is the secret behind the HCG diet, created by Dr. Simeons in 1954 and published in his manuscript, Pounds and Inches.
Does The HCG Diet Really Work?
One question almost everyone (naturally) feels compelled to ask is: Does the HCG diet really work?
The success of such a diet depends on certain factors:
1. The dieter's determination to stick to the strict protocol.
2. The quality of the HCG products used.
For the latter, HCG injections are recommended because the quality and concentration is guaranteed. Theses injections are from licensed pharmacies which are under strict government regulation to ensure the quality of HCG.
There are many critics who say that the great results reported by some users of this particularly powerful diet are due solely to the fact that they are following a very restrictive diet plan (500 calories/day) and nothing more. But, if that were the case, this would be nothing but another crash diet and would be very difficult to follow. The HCG diet works in most cases because of the combination of two things: the diet protocol masterfully engineered by Dr. Simeons, and the HCG product itself.
So does the HCG diet really work?
Critics and skeptics raise questions, try to scare people away, and find all kinds of reasons they think the diet won't work or is a sham, but they remain puzzled over the results of real-life dieters. Hundreds of thousands of people all around the world have lost weight on the diet successfully; that is, without the major discomfort you might be afraid of with such a low calorie diet. Seeing the scale drop day after day is incredibly motivating -- a factor that cannot be discounted. After the diet, people report being more in control and thus have an increased personal ability to keep off the weight. Plus, the side effects are low.
As for you, the only way to know for sure, of course, is to try it yourself -- the results speak for themselves. If the experience of other people are any indication, it would seem you have a very high chance of success.
Is HCG safe?
HCG diet injections are completely safe, although every hormone or medication does carry some risk. HCG is a hormone naturally produced in women during pregnancy. Many pregnant women experience incredibly high surges of HCG with no adverse effects. Some HCG dieting products contain small amounts of HCG, with a correspondingly small risk of side effects. Other HCG dieting products do not contain any HCG, but are specially designed to mimic the HCG hormone, resulting in shedding of excess weight with no side effects from the HCG product itself. The practitioner will go over your complete medical history and perform a physical to ensure you are a candidate for the HCG program.
Will HCG make men feminized?
HCG is a hormone produce by women during pregnancy. It's also used as a medication to promote fertility in women. A less well known use of HCG is to promote sexual development in boys with underdeveloped gonads. But regardless of HCG's uses, the amount of HCG that is used for weight loss is too small to have such effects anyway. Men will not become feminized by using HCG for weight loss.
Who can use the HCG diet?
Almost all individuals, male, female, old and young are able to use the HCG diet, with some exceptions. People who should not use the HCG diet include: those with a BMI less than 20, pregnant or nursing women, children under the age of 18, and anyone with serious health problems (for example, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, liver problems, or type one diabetes). The practitioner will go over your complete medical history and perform a physical to ensure you are a candidate for the HCG program.
Can I just get on a low calorie diet without HCG?
On the HCG diet, you will be eating just 500 calories a day while taking HCG injections. HCG injections are intended to decrease hunger and prevent common symptoms of very low calorie diets, all while recalibrating your hypothalamus and your metabolism. You can eat just 500 calories a day without taking HCG injections, but you will simply be starving yourself—it's miserable and will lead to serious health consequences. If you go on a diet that has you eating more calories, you most likely will not lose as much weight. For best results, HCG and the 500 calorie diet are both required.
What about hunger on the 500-calorie diet?
Many experience no hunger at all on the HCG diet. Hunger can occur in the first week of the HCG diet while making sure the HCG dose is right for you; however, after about the second week, even very small portions will likely start to make you feel full. This is due to the huge amounts of calories your body is getting from its stored fat reserves. Hunger during the first week can often be eliminated by following the two initial loading days properly. Occasional hunger during the rest of the diet can occur, but there are strategies to deal with it effectively.
Why is there so much controversy over the HCG diet?
There are a few reasons for controversy. First, HCG has never been approved for weight loss. However, Dr. Simeons' diet has many thousands of success stories, leading doctors prescribe it to their patients off-label and encouraging dieters to seek out alternative products like homeopathic HCG. The bottom line is that the diet really works for many people.
Second, the FDA has recently declared homeopathic HCG to be illegal because HCG is not listed in the official Homeopathic Pharmacopoiea of the United States (HPUS). So watch out for any product claiming to contain homeopathic HCG. There are other, legal homoepathic products that are designed to mimic the function of HCG. These products are just as effective and are perfectly legal.
Third, the fact that the HCG diet is a very low calorie diet causes some heartburn among conservative nutritionists and doctors. But the truth is that very low calorie diets that provide high-quality protein and proper nutrition (like the HCG diet) have been shown to be perfectly safe for healthy individuals. The best HCG suppliers will provide multivitamin supplements along with the diet, as well as higher-calorie plans for those who need or desire them.
Finally, many individuals have known of weight loss scams and are skeptical of anything that might just be a fad. But fad or not, you can't argue with results. As with most things in life, there is no one size fits all diet. HCG works for a lot of people, it will work for you, too.
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