How Does The HCG Diet Work?
If you follow it diligently and accurately, the HCG diet can give you some pretty extensive results. Most dieters often lose weight anywhere from 0.5 to 2 lbs a day, while on the HCG diet you can lose anywhere from 30 lbs to as much as 90 lbs throughout the course of your diet. With people reporting results like this, it is indubitable- many people are now asking this: Does the HCG diet really work? If you’re one of those people wondering the exact same thing, you can go to a number of places online to get free HCG diet information and discover the answer for yourself.
Generally, the first thing you will want to know is: HOW does the HCG diet actually work? HCGs, which stand for “human chorionic gonadotropin”, are naturally produced hormones found in women during pregnancy. While pregnant, the HCG hormone is produced in the woman’s body in order to assist her in the development of her fetus, and to help ensure having a healthy baby and a successful pregnancy.
HCG’s two main functions include: 1) developing the fetus’ sex organs and 2) ensuring that there are sufficient amounts of calories and nutrients available for both mother and child during pregnancy. HCG is required for both male and female fetuses to develop sexually, thus without the said hormone, it would be impossible to procreate and the human race itself wouldn’t exist.
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HCG performs its two basic functions by stimulating our hypothalamus so that it produces chemicals to help release fat stores into our bloodstream in order to be used up as energy. Also during this process, the nutrients in the fats also are released- so as to provide enough sustenance to both the mother and her growing fetus. Nonetheless, even when pregnancy is non-occurring, HCG hormones still cause a release of fats into our bloodstream, which makes it very important for people on the HCG diet.
Following a diet of 500-calorie-a-day, HCG helps elicit rapid weight loss for those supplementing with this hormone in their daily diet. Consuming only 500 calories per day may seem like a daunting task (and for many people it is) but one thing that can motivate you is that this 500 calorie deficit (Phase 2) would last for only a few weeks. After this phase you can now increase you daily caloric intake back to normal. Note that this “normal caloric level” does NOT mean eating like you were used prior to starting your HCG diet. If you want (or need) to lose weight, then it goes without much debate that since your previous caloric intake was too high, it is causing your body to store extra calories as fat mass. In order to shed off the weight, you need to follow your daily recommended diet properly and adhere to the HCG diet plan.
It is also crucial to keep the weight of by permanently following a healthy, nutritious, balanced diet. Most negative feedbacks stating the HCG diet as being ineffective usually come from people making the mistake of returning to their bad eating habits. Once they lost weight, they resume eating the same “junk” they used to eating before and start putting on the weight back which they lost with the HCG diet. In other cases, it is because people failed to follow the diet strictly. If you do not adhere to the 500-calorie-a-day limit as well as fail to stick to the list of pre-approved foods for a healthy HCG diet, then the resulting amount of weight loss with this diet will be significantly reduced, if not completely negated.