The HCG diet entails a high calorie restriction diet paired by daily injections of the HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin). HCG is a hormone that is released by women when they are pregnant, or immediately after conception. It is administered to act as a hunger suppressing hormone. Also, the HCG diet has a severely high calorie restriction, about 500 to 800 calories per day. Following this low calorie diet guarantees short term weight loss, and long term behavioral change.
The effectiveness of the HCG drug happens by the drug altering how the body burns fat. Normally, there are three types of fat in the body: structural fat, reserve fat and the fat that fills gaps around organs and bones for protection. The HCG drug influences the body to burn the trapped fat as a source of calories. Consequently, when the individual begins the high calorie restricted diet, the body feels no hunger pangs because it is living off the calories from the trapped fat. However, it is advisable for an individual to participate in this part of the diet for 21 – 40 days.
For the success of the HCG diet, patients should be screened so as to monitor the transition from the beginning of the diet to the part where the person begins to eat healthy food. A closer look at the HCG diet shows that it does not entail healthy eating habits. Its success is sorely based on behavioral modification. The only way to keep off the lost weight is via healthy feeding habits.
The diet works best with seriously overweight people. The average weight loss for and individual on the HCG diet is approximately 1lb to 3lb per day. The benefits include that the persons who have successfully undergone it, have reported improved metabolism, and overall better shaping of their bodies. In addition, the individuals reported to have ended their bad eating habits which include sugar cravings and overeating, with ease. In place of the bad eating habits, they become accustomed and satisfied with small portions of healthy foods.
Other than weight loss, under the supervision of a quality physician, the individuals who undergo the HCG diet also reduce a significant number of disease markers and indicators. These include high blood glucose levels, total cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and high C-reactive protein. In addition, the diet reduces dependency on some other medications.
A closer look at the HCG diet shows that the diet can be an effective tool that can facilitate healthy weight loss and management. Individuals should not use it as a crash diet or a quick-fix.