How does HCG diet injections work?
HCG diet injection does not actually make you lose weight but it changes how you lose weight. The hormone resets the hypothalamus that causes your body to use the abnormal fats and converts it into energy. At the same time, the hormone reduces your feeling of being hungry while on a very low-calorie diet.
Without the hormone in your body, you will actually be burning your lean muscles which in turn will negatively affect your metabolism. HCG diet injection will keep you from losing your muscle mass while on the diet. The hormone also elevates other hormones in your body that creates a muscle building effects.
How is the HCG diet injection prescribed?
HCG diet injection is prescribed during the HCG diet that is generally divided into three phases:
- Loading phase: During this phase, you gorge for two days on food high in fats and calories while having your shot each day.
- Weight loss phase: Here you continue having your shot each day for 3 to 6 weeks while on a very low-calorie diet of only 500 calories a day.
- Maintenance phase: You stop having your shot and you gradually increase your food intake. However, you avoid taking in foods high in sugar and carbohydrates.
Those who wanted to lose about 15 pounds or less, you can do the of 26 days protocol. But for those who wanted to lose so much weight, they can do the 46 days protocol in multiple cycles.
What is the right dose of HCG diet injections?
One of the most challenging aspects of the HCG diet is having the right dose. Most of the time, a dose of 125 IU to 150 UI is perfect. However, everyone is different. You’ll know that your dose is just right for you if your hunger level is normal. When your dose is correct, you won’t feel too hungry at all. But when your hunger level isn’t normal anymore, you might want to adjust your dosage. It’s either your dose can be too high or too low that you might want to adjust it. You can lower your dose by 50 IU if you are taking 200 IU or add another 25 IU if you are having only 125 UI.