hCG Diet

November 12, 2012

hCG Diet

The hCG diet involves injections of the hCG, or the human chorionic gonadotropin, hormone. You should also consume a low calorie diet of 500 calories with the injections. The diet will help in the absorption and activity of the hCG hormone.

How It Works?

Two thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. Most people are looking for quick and easy ways to lose weight and maintain fitness. Many grow frustrated with their plan, especially when they are unsuccessful.

The hCG hormone is produced during the first trimester of pregnancy to help maintain the testosterone levels in the woman’s body.

This will help prevent miscarriage. Early research has also indicated that the hCG hormone can stimulate the hypothalamus and promote the fat metabolism in the body. It can also suppress hunger and reduce your cravings for high sugar foods.

The impact of the hormone, however, depends on the diet. A low-calorie diet of less than 500 calories per day for 23 to 400 days is another important component of the hCG diet. While the initial few days may be tough, your condition will improve once the diet can trigger the activity of hCG hormone. Most hCG diet plans claim that you can lose 1 to 2 pounds of weight per day.

Scientific Evidence

Although the hCG diet plan sounds interesting, there isn’t enough scientific evidence supporting it. A study in the 1995 issue of the “British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology” pointed out that the hCG plan has no benefit. Another study in the December 2009 issue of “American Society of Bariatric Physicians” also concluded that the hCG diet plan does not promote any weight loss. Many experts also believe that the diet plan is extreme and almost impossible to adhere to. The diet plan has not received the Food and Drug Administration approval as well. In fact, the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission have cracked down on several companies marketing hCG weight loss products. They issued warning letters to seven companies that market over-the-counter hCG products labeled as “homeopathic” for weight loss in December 2011.

Potential Health Risks

Critics of the hCG diet plan believe that it is impossible to meet the your nutritional needs with less than 500 calories per day. The diet plan may result in vitamin and mineral deficiency. In fact, all adults require at least 1200-1500 calories per day to fuel everyday activities. Low-calorie diet may also lead to loss of muscle mass.

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