What is the HCG Diet?
HCG is short for human chorionic gonadotrophin. HCG is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. Dr. Simeons theory was that obesity was caused by a disorder in the body and not a result of overeating. He tried many ideas before deciding that the disorder was in the hypothalamus gland. The hypothalamus regulates the autonomous system in the body as well as fat storage.
Dr. Simeons theory was that the hypothalamus needed to be reset so that the body could use its abnormal fat stores for energy instead of relying on structural or reserve fat.
After many clinical observations, he devised his fat-loss protocol. It consisted of HCG injections and a very specific low-calorie diet. The diet regimen calls for only 500 calories of mostly protein food with very little starch. Protein is important because the body needs it for essential and nonessential amino acids. The little starch comes from fruits and vegetables and Melba toast, grissini, or bread sticks. Any other nutrients, such as vitamins or minerals, come from the breakdown of the abnormal fat stores.
What is the HCG Diet Protocol?
There are two variations on the protocol and it depends on how much weight needs to be lost. HCG injections are to be done daily. The HCG drops should be used according to the directions. If less than 15 pounds needs to be lost, a 26-day diet is done. The first three days are the loading phase.
During this phase shots or drops are taken, but unlimited food, preferably high in fat, is eaten. This is to ensure that the reserve fat stores are full. The HCG will immediately start working on the abnormal fat stores. The next three weeks are spent on the low-calorie diet. The last three days of the diet are to be low calorie, but no HCG or hHCG is to be taken.
The next phase of the diet is three weeks of trying to create a weight set-point. The dieter is advised to stay away from all sugars and starches for the whole period, and not to gain more than two pounds for the entire phase. If more than that is gained, a correction day is used to get back to the weight that was registered on the final day of the first phase.
After those three weeks, sugars and starches may be added in gradually.
If more than 15 pounds needs to be lost, a 40-day round is necessary. The rest of the regimen remains the same. If weight loss goals are not obtained, more rounds can be done.
However, a set period of time off is necessary. This allows the hypothalamus to rest and to make sure HCG immunity does not occur. There are usually no immunity issues with hHCG drops. The first rest is six weeks between rounds, then eight weeks, 12 weeks and then six months.
Before starting any diet, a doctor should be consulted to rule out any health problems. HCG has been successful for many people. With the introduction of homeopathic HCG drops, the diet has become more affordable and more people can now try it.
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