Lots of people have trouble losing weight. It's probably safe to say that most people have trouble shedding unwanted pounds. We know it’s not easy, and there is a lot of hard work and discipline involved.
More than anything, the average diet takes a lot of time. You can have all the work ethic and discipline in the world, but if you only lose five pounds in two or three months, you might want to throw in the towel. What if there was a diet where you could lose up to one to two pounds per day? A diet where you could see results quickly to keep you motivated to keep going.
Well, there is. Enter the HCG Diet.
What is HCG?
In scientific terms, HCG is human chorionic gonadotropin. The female body naturally produces this hormone in early pregnancy. Don't worry, you men out there, HCG is also given to men to promote fertility. The body uses HCG for a few other things, too. For example, elevated levels of natural HCG could mean that there is cancer somewhere in the body, specifically, placental, ovarian, and testicular cancer.
But what does that mean for your diet?
What is the HCG Diet?
The HCG Diet helps you lose weight by boosting your metabolism, so you can eat a lot less without feeling hungry. And when we say a lot less, we mean a whole lot less. Most HCG diets have their users only eat 500 calories a day, with daily injections of the HCG hormone. Of course, it doesn't have to be an HCG injection. There are many HCG supplements like HCG drops, but many people who stand behind this diet recommend HCG shots.
There are three steps to how an HCG low-calorie diet works. They are:
1. The Beginning or Loading Phase
This beginning loading phase is the first step to the HCG diet, and honestly, it's probably the most fun. At this point, you eat a lot of high-fat, high-calorie foods for about two days and start to take the HCG, in whichever form you have decided to take it.
2. The Diet or Weight loss Phase.
The second step in the HCG diet lasts approximately three to six weeks. This phase is the bulk of the diet. During the diet phase, you only eat 500 calories a day for the allotted three to six weeks while continuing to take the HCG.
3. The End or Maintenance Phase
The final phase happens after you’ve made it through the hardest part. There is still a lot to get through, but you can slowly start to get back to some regular eating habits after the three to six-week-long weight loss phase. At this point, you should stop taking the HCG, and as we said before, slowly start to return to normal but healthier eating habits. Keep in mind that those who have been on this diet for a long time should avoid starch and sugar for three weeks during this phase.
And that's it! A fairly simple three-step program that, while it doesn't allow for much eating, also doesn't demand a lot from you. There are no long workouts or complicated calorie plans to follow. All you need to know is that you can only eat 500 calories a day, and you have to take your HCG every day while you’re in the active phases of the diet. It's that simple!
9 Reasons to try the HCG Diet
The HCG diet may sound like it’s a little on the extreme side, but there are many benefits, too. Here are nine of the best reasons to try the HCG diet:
1. Weight Loss Everywhere
When you go on the HCG diet, you lose weight everywhere. We mean that those who use this diet will lose weight equally throughout the body. No longer will one have skinny arms and a pouchy stomach. With HCG, every part of the body gets skinnier!
2. Lower Cholesterol
For the dieters out there who are concerned with health issues, especially those related to cholesterol, the HCG may be the diet for them. HCG combined with low-calorie intake can reduce cholesterol.
3. No Hunger
Most extreme diets have their users starving to death, both figuratively and literally. Hunger pains are a thing of the past when you go on the HCG diet because the HCG itself essentially blocks them. No hunger could also mean better eating habits because you’re less likely to fall victim to those cravings.
4. The Endurance
Not only will this diet make you want to exercise, but losing weight, in general, allows you to work out more efficiently.
5. Quick and Easy Weight Loss
You can lose between one and two pounds a day!
6. Improved Metabolic Function
HCG is great for metabolic function. Your body thinks it’s starving, so, normally, it would burn calories a lot slower to preserve energy. But HCG has the body burn fat fast! No more will the food you eat sit on your body and create unwanted fat. Not with the help of HCG.
7. Balance in the Hormones
HCG balances out the hormones in your body. Also, keep in mind that HCG releases sexual hormones in men, which can improve libido. It's even more beneficial for women.
8. Increased Energy
Most people have a lack of energy when extreme dieting, but not those on HCG! Because the extra HCG in the body is instructing it to burn a lot more adipose fat, the body produces more energy. Most people who have tried this diet report a real boost of energy within the first few days.
9. Preserved Muscles
The HCG diet is a good choice for those who don’t want to lose their muscle tone while losing fat. While HCG is effective when it comes to destroying stored fat, it has little to no effect on muscle mass! No more working to get muscles back after a diet!
We hope that the information we covered today helped you learn more about HCG and the functions it has in the body. Hopefully, this information helped you to understand the HCG diet and how it can help you lose a lot of weight, fast. There are so many benefits to this approach to weight loss, so many more than what we covered, and we hope the benefits outweigh the issues that may arise when going through this diet. All that's left is to get started! A new, slimmer body is on the horizon.