The hCG Diet … How Does It Work?

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An article by Dr. Paula Hicks, MD

The medically managed prescription HCG diet allows people to lose one-half to one pound a day, and targets fat only.  HCG injections keep you from losing muscle while you diet. The HCG injections elevate hormone levels in the body, including testosterone, and creates an anabolic or muscle-building state, which then counteracts the  muscle-breakdown state.

There are hormone receptors on muscle fibers that respond to the increased hormone levels in patients taking the HCG hormone. The HCG diet can be used as a “kick-start” to get weight off quickly which is motivating and creates excitement to continue losing by eating a normal healthy diet. There are even more benefits for those who have high blood pressure, , Type II Diabetes, joint pain…all predisposed by being overweight.

Typically when people do a crash diet, there is a high amount of muscle that is lost. Because muscle is heavy, this loss looks good on the scale because the pounds are dropping quickly. When you lose muscle, it’s bad for your body, shape, and metabolism. The metabolism slows so much that dieter regain weight quickly, often regaining all the weight that was lost and then some.

Additionally, it takes quite a bit of work to build back the muscle that has been lost. The HCG diet protects muscle from being lost. In fact, there is more of a pure fat loss, which causes a shrinking in inches and size of clothing. The great result is that one can become leaner, in a smaller clothing size, but with more muscle. This muscle allows for a stronger metabolism and helps people maintain their weight loss long after their diet is completed. The HCG  injections should only be taken with a prescription from a doctor, and under medical supervision.

Research findings of the Prescription HCG diet

  • By patient report, HCG reduces feelings of hunger. This will allow you to eat very little comfortably. Why? It is believed the presence of HCG in the bloodstream takes the appetite away.
  • HCG is a pro-hormone which helps the body make more hormones. Since hormone deficiency or imbalance is usually part of the reason for weight gain, whether it’s your thyroid, or menopause (or andropause), this hormone offers help.

The Maintenance Phase includes weighing yourself EVERY DAY. You will never look at food the same way again. You will not feel the urges to eat the wrong foods, and you won’t be hungry all the time. You will be able to eat a normal, healthy diet of reasonable portions of clean, healthy foods, and maintain your weight. You’ll even be able to indulge from time to time and learn to add carbs and sugars in slowly.

If you gain, there is protocol to correct the next day to get that weight off.  Your metabolism will be higher, so you won’t gain as easily. This is *NOT* a license to eat Wendys’ Triple Burgers and Starbucks lattes every day, you WILL GAIN if you do this.

You’ll notice that you’re more alert, move easier, have better skin, hair and nails. Exercise will be much more appealing in your new, slim body, and you’ll find you wish to maintain it the way it has become!