Being overweight or worse being obese is a serious problem not just in the US but also in other parts of the world. The search for a perfect weight loss measure is a never-ending journey. One of the tried and tested by thousands weight loss program is the HCG Diet.
What exactly can the HCG Diet do?
The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a natural female hormone with many functions. It is medically used to treat varieties of medical conditions like treating infertility. It also aids obese and overweight people in losing weight by allowing their body to metabolize fats and use these fats as a source of energy.
HCG enables the body to go on a caloric deficit without the feeling of being hungry. When your body is under the caloric deficit (500 calories per day), your body becomes weak and you will always feel hungry which makes you eat more than the usual. With HCG hormone in your system, you do not have to worry because the hormone will help you metabolize the abnormal fats in your body.
Can I lose the same amount of weight when on a very low calorie diet without HCG?
Yes, you absolutely can lose weight when on a very low calorie diet without HCG. However, you will most likely lose muscle and bone mass before you’ll lose fat. This is because during the very low calorie diet, your body stores fats. Losing weight without HCG will slow down your cellular metabolism. So, in the long run, it will make you gain weight much easier. With HCG in your system, abnormal fats in your body are used for energy and the rest is excreted.
IS HCG Diet safe?
HGC diet is not officially approved by the FDA but it has worked for tens and thousands of dieters with little to no side effect at all. Therefore, HCG Diet is extremely safe. However, we recommend that you consult first with your doctor or health care professional before starting this diet.
How long should I stay on the HCG Diet?
The minimum number of days required on the HCG Diet is 23 days. The maximum number of days is 43 days.
Day1 and 2: The loading days aka “gorging days”
Day 3 to day 23 or day 40: The HCG Diet Phase 2, also known as the 500 calorie diet. The shorter round takes 23 days while the longer round takes 40 days.
The HCG Diet exit day last for 3 days when you will no longer have your hcg shots but you still follow the 500 calorie diet. On Phase 3 of the HCG Diet, also known as the Maintenance Phase that lasts for 3 weeks, your body will re-adjust slowly to your regular diet. You will slowly reintroduce carbs and sugars into your body. Do not do the HCG Phases longer than the recommended period.
What do I need for my HCG Diet?
There are things that you need when doing the HCG Diet. These are:
- HCG Diet kit (Bacteriostatic water, disposable syringes, mixing syringe, alcohol pad, B12 bottle)
- Bathroom scale
- Stevia packets
- Non-stick grill
- Measuring tape
- Zippo bags for easy meal preparation
- HCG diet approved spices
- HCG approved salad dressings
Can I take my medication even on the HCG Diet?
Do not stop taking your medication without consulting first with your physician. We recommend that you work closely with your physician when while on the HCG diet. Many dieters find that they require a lower dose of their medication once they started losing weight.
Will HCG cause changes in my menstrual cycle?
No. The HCG hormone will not cause any changes in your menstrual cycle because the amount of HCG is so small. It will not also affect your ability to become pregnant nor it will increase your chance of getting pregnant.
Will my weight loss slow down after the first two weeks?
You will likely lose a large amount of weight on your first week with the HCG Diet. Then in the second week, you will likely hit a plateau. However, this does not mean that your weight loss has suddenly stopped. When you hit a plateau, there are certainly ways to break them so you can get back on track with losing weight.
Can I exercise while on the HCG Diet?
Yes, you can but you should see to it that it’s a low-key exercise only. You can do at least 20 minutes of walk each day. Do not do strenuous exercise because once you will burn calories, your hunger will increase.
What foods can I eat on the HCG diet?
There are food restrictions that you must follow on each phase of the HCG diet. You can only eat the HCG diet approved foods and use only the HCG Diet approved spices to help you get back in shape. Do not substitute or deviate any of the allowed foods.
Can I wear make-up and use lotions on Phase 2 of the HCG Diet?
Yes. You can but use only powdered mineral makeup as well as lipstick and eye shadows. Do not use makeup that has oil in it or cream. Avoid using lotions too. You can use mineral oil occasionally or an aloe Vera gel.