The HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, diet has been used by many people to lose large amounts of weight. HCG is a hormone that women naturally produce when they are pregnant. The diet plan is based on using hormone injections in conjunction with a low-calorie diet to achieve fast, sustainable results. These results include some people being able to lose up to one pound every single day. At Simply Slim, we offer the HCG program as part of our medical weight loss services.
In addition to having calorie restrictions, ranging from between 500 to 1,500 calories of intake per day, some versions of this diet prohibit the use of body oils, exercise, and limit vegetable intake to one vegetable per meal. Because of the low-calorie nature of the diet, it is recommended that patients use this program with medical guidance to ensure that it is tailored to their individual condition for safe, effective weight loss.
What Does HCG Do?
HCG does not make a person lose weight by itself. However, it does affect the way that a person loses weight and the way that they feel during the weight loss process.
Individuals who have used HCG often comment that they felt less hunger during the diet. They were able to eat less food and still feel comfortable. Some researchers believe that when HCG is in a person’s blood, it resets their metabolism and reduces their appetite. In a pregnant woman, this hormone is what makes them feel nauseous during the early stages of pregnancy.
HCG is referred to as a prohormone. This means that when the hormone is present in a person’s bloodstream, it creates more hormones. Hormone deficiency, especially in individuals who have problems with their thyroid or who are undergoing menopause, can lead to a person gaining weight and having difficulty losing weight. HCG can help teach your body how to lose weight and keep it off after the program is over.
Evidence suggests that HCG injections increase the level of the hormone in a person’s blood. While hormones can be taken in pills, drops, and sprays, all of these will be dissolved before they reach a person’s blood stream and will not affect the level of hormone in a person’s blood. HCG should only be taken under medical supervision to ensure the correct dosage and healthy results.
Lose Fat, Not Muscle
HCG prevents a person from losing muscle as they diet by elevating the lower hormones in the body, including testosterone. It creates an anabolic state in the body that is conducive to muscle building, and it counteracts the natural muscle breakdown that comes with dieting.
Losing fat, not muscle should be the goal during any weight loss program. With crash diets, the rapid weight loss often occurs because of muscle loss. While this looks great on a scale, it is horrible for your body shape and can kill your metabolism.
It takes a lot of work to rebuild lost muscle. HCG, when used in conjunction with a low-calorie diet, is designed to help a person lose pure fat. This, in turn, results in them losing weight, wearing a smaller clothing size, becoming leaner, and maintaining their weight loss once their diet is completed. For many people, the diet using the HCG hormone has allowed them to reach their weight loss goals and have the body they have always wanted.
Contact Simply Slim today to schedule a consultation and find out how the HCG weight loss program can help you safely and effectively lose weight and keep it off.