The HCG diet plan is a diet program that involves the use HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone. The diet uses either injectable HCG or HCG drops for losing weight.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG is a hormone that is produced by pregnant women. The hormone plays a part in the nutrition of the fetus and triggers the mobilization of fat stores once there is a shortage of glucose in the body.
The Essentials of the HCG Diet
The HCG diet only has two components. First is the HCG drops that you will take and the other part of this program is of course the low calorie diet. Exercise is not even a part of the program, so it is not necessary to engage in it.
For the meals, you will be given a list of foods that are allowed in the program. A daily intake of 100 grams of protein, one vegetable dish, a serving of fruit, and a piece of toast is allowed. Dieters are also advised to drink 2 liters of water per day. One cup of tea or coffee is allowed with stevia as sweetener.
HCG is available in two forms, injection and oral drops. Before starting your HCG diet you have to choose as well what HCG product you will use. HCG injections are more expensive and have dangerous side effects. HCG drops are generally preferred because they are easy to use and affordable and are just as effective as the injection.
The HCG hormone, when taken daily together with a very low calorie diet, can shave off 1-2 lbs from your weight in a matter of days. The 500 calories per day requirement is needed to deplete the body of its available food stores so the hormone can facilitate the breakdown of fat stores.
The Phases of the HCG Diet
The HCG diet has three phases: The loading phase, the low calorie diet phase, and the maintenance phase.
Loading Phase– the loading phase lasts for 2 days and entails eating as much as you want to prepare yourself for the subsequent low calorie diet phase. You can already start taking your HCG drops at this point.
Low Calorie Diet Phase– this is the main part of the program and should be done for a month or for at least 28 days. You can have fruit for breakfast or just coffee. Meals should be spread out throughout the day. HCG is an appetite suppressant and if you did the loading phase correctly, you won’t feel any hunger pangs at all. Drinking 2 liters of water per day can help a lot and little or no exercise is required.
Maintenance Phase– this phase lasts for 3 weeks and this is when you stop taking the drops and go back to your regular diet. You still have to watch your diet though even if you can eat anything you want. Stay clear off butter, starchy food, and pastries high in sugar. This is the time when your weight is starting to stabilize. It’s crucial to keep track of your weight on a daily basis.
The HCG diet must not exceed 40 days, not including phase 3. That’s the maximum number of days you can go on a low calorie diet. The cycle can be repeated again if you’d like to lose more pounds.
Following this diet can be a challenge but the drops and the low calorie diet go together. One cannot expect to lose weight by just taking the drops or going on a diet. Follow the program correctly, chose the right HCG drops, and you will be happy with the results.