It may seem strange that HCG, a hormone produced by pregnant women to nourish their growing baby, can actually assist weight loss. The fact is, that the secret to the effectiveness of HCG for weight loss is actually due to the very role that it plays during pregnancy.
If a pregnant mothers food intake is not sufficient to nourish both herself and her baby, HCG hormone will stimulate the body to utilize any fat stores the mother has as an alternative source of nutrition.
By injecting yourself with HCG hormone daily during a period of low calorie consumption, you mimic this scenario. The result is that you begin burning your excess fat stores and effectively lose weight.
There has been some speculation as to whether or not the HCG injections are essential to this process, with many experts claiming that consuming such a low calorie diet would result in weight loss without the need for HCG.
This may certainly be the case however there are many distinct advantages to injecting with HCG whilst attempting such a calorie restricted diet.
Without the use of HCG injections, just 500-800 calories per day would be considered much too low to be safe. You would feel tired, weak and generally unwell. With the use of HCG your body mobilizes excess fat stores and burns them for energy, thus supplementing your dietary intake, preserving your energy and improving the safety of the diet.
Although this program can provide a rewarding benefit to most people in their weight loss efforts, it is not for everyone. If you have any of the following conditions, you will not be a candidate for the HCG Diet:
- Pregnant or Breastfeeding
- Precocious (early) Puberty
- Prior allergy to HCG
- Hormone related cancer (such as Breast, Prostate, Ovarian or Testicular Cancer)
- IUD for birth control
- Gallbladder problems, including gallstones
- Insulin-dependent Diabetes (unless cleared to participate by your primary doctor)
- Recent Cortisone/Prednisone use (within the previous 3 months)
- Blood Disorder / History of Blood Clots