HCG diet is a diet that restricts calorie intake to 500-800 calories a day in a bid to lose weight. The diet requires the user to take HCG supplements in the form of oral drops, injections, pills, sprays, and pellets.
HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy to stimulate the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones, which are essential for the development of the embryo. HCG levels are particularly high during the first three months of pregnancy.
The diet was developed in the 1950s by a British physician Dr. Albert T. Simeons. He claimed that the HCG diet would help the body burn stored fat in the hips, stomach, and thighs by boosting metabolism. Dr. Albert added that the diet helped lose more fat than muscle and that dieters would not be as hungry or irritable.
In one of his weight-loss experiments, he administered the HCG regimen on 500 patients. The physician found that those who followed the plan for 40 days lost 20-30 pounds without feeling excessively hungry or weak.
HCG diet is executed in three phases, namely:
The loading phase The weight loss phase Maintenance phase
During this phase, the dieter starts taking HCG drops and eats lots of high-calorie, high-fat foods for two days. You can also feed on your foods you won’t be able to eat during subsequent phases.
The loading phase is critical as it keeps the body from feeling hungry later on during the diet. You may embark on the loading phase during the holidays or the week and relax on the weekend.
The Weight Loss Phase
During this phase, the dieter continues taking the supplement and restricts his calorie-intake to 500 a day. Limiting meals to two meals a day (lunch and dinner) should help you achieve the calorie requirement. HCG supplement releases up to 2000 calories stored in the body hence reducing the likelihood of feeling hungry. This phase takes 3-6 weeks.
You need to take lots of water and, if taking coffee and tea, avoid adding artificial sweeteners. Examples of foods to take during this phase include apples, white fish, spinach, sliced turkey, lean ground beef, skinless chicken breast, cucumbers, melba toast, onions, celery, and apples. Ensure each meal has a source of protein, a fruit, a vegetable, and a starch (can be in the form of bread, e.g., a single breadstick)
HCG supplementation stops during this phase. You then begin increasing food intake gradually while avoiding sugars and starch for at least three weeks.
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