Weight Loss with HCG
What is the HCG Diet and Does it Work?
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.
What HCG Does in the Body
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.
Does HCG Help You Lose Weight?
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.
Does the HCG Diet Improve Body Composition?
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.