Does The HCG Diet Really Work?
Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, also known simply as HCG is a naturally occurring hormone that is created in the female body during pregnancy. The amount of HCG will generally increase as the pregnancy progresses. HCG is the same chemical that urine pregnancy tests check for when determining if the test is negative or positive. This hormone is easily detected in urine or blood serum. HCG can also be prescribed in synthetic form by a physician as part of a medication regimen to increase fertility. This hormone has also been used as an adjunct to help promote weight loss when used in conjunction with an extremely low calorie diet, usually consisting of 500 calories or less. The amount of calories is so low the the lack of caloric intake in the diet was enough to cause controversy in itself.
More than fifty years ago, a British physician named Albert T. Simeons claimed that HCG injections would be help accelerate weight loss. He introduced a diet that consisted of the consumption of 500 calories per day in addition to prescribed HCG injections that he claimed would help decrease hunger while increasing weight loss. This claim was based upon, in part, the Asher-Harper study from 1973. Since staking his claim, Dr. Simeons has written a book called "Pounds and Inches". This book outlines the details about the HCG Diet and the science behind it, along with the results of the original studies that were done in relation to the concept of HCG for weight loss. As explained by Dr. Simeons, the theory is that the Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin helps mobilize and absorb fat deposits, similar to how fat is utilized during pregnancy.
Many of us either want or need to lose weight in order to look better and improve our health. It seems as though everyone is looking for the magic pill or quick fix to solve their weight problems. Despite many failed attempts on gimmicks and quick fixes, healthcare providers know that they only real way to lose weight safely and effectively is to reduce your caloric intake while increasing your activity levels. Burning more calories than you take in sounds easy enough in concept, but applying this concept to your daily lifestyle may prove more challenging than we care to admit.
The usage of HCG for weight loss began to evolve from frequent and painful injections (that needed to be administered by a physician or healthcare provider) to more user friendly forms, such as drops or pills. These homeopathic forms of HCG had such a small amount of HCG hormone in them, that it became questionable that the level of HCG would actually be effective for weight loss. One of the benefits of the HCG diet is that there is no heavy exercise required and there are no expensive pre-packaged meals to purchase. To begin the HCG diet, all that is required is to consume a normal, high-caloric diet for two days before using the HCG drops. Then, after two days, reduce the calorie consumption to 500 calories per day and begin using the drops. The dosage of drops may vary slightly between manufacturers, so HCG dieters will need to follow the manufacturer's directions as written on the box.
The effectiveness of the Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin diet is heavily disputed among dieters. Some say that the diet was effective, while others claim that the diet did not make any difference in the process of weight loss. There are some users who swear by the HCG diet, saying that it has helped them lose weight and change their lives. The best way to test the effectiveness of this revolutionary new diet would be to try it for yourself, and then you can decide if the HCG diet is an effective weight loss diet or if the HCG diet is nothing more than a myth.
If you have had any personal experience with the HCG diet, whether positive or negative, I'd love to hear about it.Â