The Pros And Cons Of The HCG Diet

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Have you ever heard of the HCG diet? It is been around for over 60 years and has been buried under controversy since then about its safety and its effectiveness in weight loss. HCG stand for human chorionic gonadotropin. It is a hormone that women naturally produce during pregnancy at high levels to help the baby grow. In fact, sometimes it is actually used as a marker in home pregnancy test. Moreover, it has been used to treat fertility issues in both men and female (1). HCG hormone was first proposed as weight-loss aid in the 1950s by British physician Dr. Albert T. Simeons (2). The HCG diet basically consists of 2 main components: • Daily injections of HCG hormone • An ultra low-calorie diet , low fat diet of around 500 calories per day Also, people on HCG diet will generally go through 3 phases, which are (3): • The loading phase : Begin taking the HCG hormone and eat lots of of high-calorie, high fat foods for 2 days, no restrictions. • Weight loss phase: Eat only 500 calorie per day for the next 3 to 6 weeks while continuing with the HCG. • Maintenance Phase: Stop taking HCG while gradually increasing the food intake with completely eliminating the starches and sugar for 3 weeks.…show more content…
For example, there are groups of approved foods that the dieters can only eat, including certain types of lean protein, vegetables and fruits. In addition, the HCG meal plans allowed the dieters to only eat tow meals per day, usually the lunch and dinner meals that consist of one portion of lean protein ,no more than 100 g per meal and up to 200 g a day , one portion of vegetable , piece of bread and one type of fruit. Also, one noticeable thing about the HCG diet that the dieters can not consume butter or oils, even if they are healthy oils such as avocado

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