What IS HCG, and Why is it Everywhere in the Media Lately?
HCG is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone produced naturally by the body, though predominantly during pregnancy. The HCG hormone supports a growing fetus by making available the abundant nutrients typically stored away in the body’s fat reserves. HCG has grown in popularity for it's use in fast weight loss.
How Does the HCG Hormone Help with Weight Loss?
There is a very simple logic to how HCG helps with weight loss with very predictable results. Without the stringent demands of a developing fetus, the mentality behind the diet is self evident, and serves as its own validation.When taking the HCG for Weight Loss and by adhering to a 500 Calorie Diet Plan, the body is directed to burn up to 3,500 – 4,000 calories per day…of Fat! HCG is uniquely effective for weight loss due to its tendency to deplete fat cells in the areas of the Hips, Thighs, Stomach and Buttocks. The average weight loss is 1-2 Pounds per day in conjunction with a Healthy Diet.
HCG for weight loss has created an obvious attraction with the mainstream population, and support for the program is coming from all directions. Testimonials, ‘Proof’ and Guarantees of weight loss success are abundant in almost every forum. The public in general seems to have found something that is a healthy form of weight loss, promotes improvements in life and longevity, and is readily available for a realistic cost.
HCG Hormone Shots, Pills and Drops
The HCG hormone can be taken via injections or orally, including drops or pills.
What is the HCG Diet Protocal?
The following is a brief synopsis of work by Dr. Simeon, who is well known in the HCG field, and who has conducted research for an HCG diet plan including:
125 iu of an HCG injection is taken on a daily basis. A low calorie diet plan is suggested by Dr. Simeon after the first 3 HCG injections. This HCG diet plan continues through 72 hours after the final injection.
The HCG Maintenance Diet Plan
Excepting foods in the starch and sugar categories, a person can eat a normal diet for the continuing 3 weeks. Beyond the 3 weeks, starchy foods are then allowed back into the diet plan.
Kevin Trudeau is another authoritative author in the HCG field, and offers his own HCG diet plan. His plan is based on Dr. Simeon's, but is more involved, and utilizes a more detailed and strict HCG diet menu.
HCG Diet Plan by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons
Taken from the HCG Diet Info website.
Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Saccharin or Stevia may be used.
1. 100 grams of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat. Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed. The chicken breast must be removed from the bird.
2. One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.
3. One breadstick (grissino) or one Melba toast.
4. An apple, orange, or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit.
The same four choices as lunch (above.)
"What can I eat on the HCG Diet?"
Drinks and Seasonings permitted on the hCG Diet based on Dr Simeons original hcg diet protocol as written in Pounds and Inches.
The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes.
Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, majoram, etc., may be used for seasoning, but no oil, butter or dressing.
Tea, coffee, plain water, or mineral water (2 liters of water per day is recommended) are the only drinks allowed, but they may be taken in any quantity and at all times.
The fruit or the breadstick may be eaten between meals instead of with lunch or dinner, but not more than than four items listed for lunch and dinner may be eaten at one meal.