The HCG diet has been popular for many years. Patients love it because you can lose up to a pound a day without being extremely hungry. It is a great start to changing eating habits and setting the stage for long-term weight loss goals.
HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone present at high levels in early pregnancy. This diet consists of two main components:
- An ultra low-calorie diet of around 500 calories per day.
- The HCG hormone administered via injections.
HCG is a protein-based hormone produced by the body to help heal and maintain tissues. Most people have heard of HCG as being associated in pregnancy although the hormone has many restorative functions.
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The HCG diet can boost metabolism and help you lose large amounts of fat, all without feeling hungry. Most patients report how great they feel after a few days of starting the injections. The fat loss is attributed to the low calorie diet but it is the HCG that allows your body to feel good and not battle severe hunger.
One common side effect of weight loss is decreased muscle mass. This is especially common on diets that severely restrict caloric intake. However, the presence of HCG facilitates weight loss resulting from fat loss only, not muscle loss. HCG also supports other hormones, boosts metabolism and leads to a growth-promoting (anabolic) state.
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The HCG diet is a very low-fat, low-calorie diet. It is generally divided into three phases:
- Loading phase: Start taking HCG and eat plenty of high-fat, high-calorie foods for 2 days.
- Weight loss phase: Continue taking HCG and eat only 500 calories per day for 3 to 6 weeks.
- Maintenance phase: Stop taking HCG. Gradually increase food intake but avoid sugar and starch for 3 weeks.
For people who have less weight to lose, 3 weeks is recommended for the weight loss phase. Those who need to lose a lot of weight may be advised to follow the diet for 6 weeks and possibly repeat the cycle (all phases) several times with 6 weeks break in-between cycles.
HCG is quite safe and has been used on patients for infertility for many years. Side effects associated with the HCG diet relate to the lack of food and if you have any of the following, you should call and notify the staff at Laser Skin & Wellness:
- Severe Hunger
How long does an HCG diet injection stay in your system?
On average, HCG injections can remain in your body for about ten days before clearing. This means your injections will be planned accordingly based on your weight loss goals.
How does HCG make you lose weight?
It’s common to believe that HCG itself makes you lose weight, but this is not the case. Rather, HCG modifies your eating behaviors and helps your body burn up existing fat. Your low calorie intake while on the HCG diet will be most responsible for your weight loss.
How do I keep the weight off after the HCG diet?
You can keep weight off after losing it by living a healthy, active lifestyle and watching your eating habits. Our team will make sure you understand the best steps to take for your lifestyle after weight loss to ensure you don’t gain the weight back.
How much weight can you lose on the HCG diet?
Although this can vary based on many different factors like your existing weight and your eating habits, many people report losing around one pound per day.
How long does it take for HCG to work?
Although HCG works very fast, it can take a few days to begin losing weight substantially. This can vary based on a lot of different factors, however.