hCG Diet Plan

November 12, 2012

hCG Diet Plan

The hCG diet plan was designed by Dr. Simeons to help obese men and women lose weight. This calorie restrictive diet involves administration of hCG, or human gonadotropin, hormone injection or drops to boost metabolism and burn fat.

Salient Features

There are two main aspects of an hCG diet plan – the hCG supplement and the diet.

  • The hCG hormone is produced during the first trimester of pregnancy. It helps prevent miscarriage by maintaining testosterone levels in the body. Although it does not play a direct role in fat metabolism, the hCG diet plan requires the administration of 125 to 200 IU of the hormone per day. Research has revealed that hCG stimulates the hypothalamus to promote fat metabolism. It also reduces hunger and food cravings.

  • The hCG diet plan does not require you to calculate the number of calories required to lose weight. In fact, the diet plan restricts your calorie intake to 500 per day for a period of 23 days. These are usually divided into two meals. While some critics might argue that low calorie intake would lead to muscle loss, Dr. Simeons believes that the hCG hormone maintains constant body mass in pregnant females, irrespective of calorie intake and expenditure, signaling the brain to burn fat for energy. This happens only when the calorific intake is less than the critical value of 500 calories because the diet increases the absorption of the hormone and activates it. The diet does not lead to the deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals because the nutrients stores in the body fat are released during its breakdown.

Most people following the diet plan report significant weight loss, suppressed appetite and improved mood. In fact, most hCG diet plans claim that you can lose 1 to 2 pounds of weight every day.

Side Effects

The opponents of the hCG diet plan argue that the weight loss is due to the reduced intake of calories, and has nothing to do with the hCG hormone itself. Injection of the pregnancy hormone when not pregnant may lead to unwanted side effects. Many consumers have reported headache, dizziness, cramping and reduced energy levels. These side effects, however, go away in a few days. You should talk to a doctor if the symptoms persist for a long time. In fact, it may be best to consult a doctor before following the hCG diet plan to make sure it is right for you.

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