What is the HCG Diet?
The HCG Diet allows people who qualify as being obese to lose significant amounts of weight while consuming their own fat stores for energy. Both men and women can use the HCG diet, despite the fact that the HCG hormone occurs naturally in a woman’s body. Typically, dieters follow a low calorie diet of 500 calories, and they receive the rest of their calories from fat stores. Without the HCG hormone, it would be close to impossible to eat a 500 calorie a day diet, and this is because the body’s metabolism would drastically slow down, go into starvation mode, and begin to hold onto food and store it as fat. Also, the person attempting to eat this low calorie diet would be wracked with hunger and completely miserable.
History of the HCG Diet
The HCG Diet was discovered by a man named Dr. Simeons in the 1950’s. Upon traveling to India, he noticed that malnourished Indian mothers were giving birth to healthy babies. After years of research, he discovered that the mechanism behind this phenomenon was the HCG hormone. The hormone allows a fetus to obtain nutrition from its’ mothers fat storages in the event of a famine or food shortage, and this allows the fetus to have adequate nutrients.
When the hormone is given to a person who does not have a fetus to feed, it generally works the same way. Without the hormone, the body does not use fat from the desired areas of the body, which usually include the abdomen, buttocks, arms, or legs because the fat is locked away. The HCG diet is for people who are obese and have over 20% body fat. The diet is focused on burning accumulated fat deposits while maintaining lean muscle mass and structural fats needed for healthy living. Once the reserve fats are used, the body will start eating away the healthy fats, and this is why people have problems with gaining their weight back with regular diets.
On a regular diet, the body would begin to burn important structural fats, leaving an obese person looking and feeling unhealthy, and they would still have excess fat around their abdomen and feel exhausted. People attempting to lose weight on a regular diet starve themselves trying to get rid of excess fat that cannot be accessed. This diet allows people experiencing obesity to prepare the body by first eating high fat foods to ensure adequate fat reserves so the body is directed to the excess fat that has been locked away from regular metabolism instead of the essential structural fats.
With the HCG Diet, it is impossible to reduce a patient below their normal weight. As soon as the excess fat is burned, the body starts consuming normal fat, and this is always regained as soon as normal dietary habits are resumed. The patient then regains the few pounds lost during the last days of treatment. After finishing the diet, weight can be regained when meals are skipped, despite maintaining careful watch over food intake.
When patients regain a few pounds after stopping treatment, they may begin to feel like their case was a failure, but all that is happening is that the essential fat lost at the end of the treatment is being replaced. Patients usually stabilize their weight at 2 to 3 pounds higher than the weight they were at on the last day of treatment. Once this new set point is established, further difficulties in controlling weight gain rarely occur.
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