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The Weight Loss Benefits of the HCG Drop Diet

The HCG drop diet is an easier (and often cheaper) alternative to the HCG injections diet. With the injections you have to get your daily dose of HCG through a shot. Understandably, this is a big turn off to most people.

You take the drops orally three times a day. You don’t need to go to a doctor to take them and they don’t involve poking sharp things into your skin. If you ask me, these are all huge pluses.

The HCG diet drops contain the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone, which is produced in women during pregnancy to help a woman’s body feed the baby with fat stores rather than her own muscle. This is why it is helpful for weight loss.

When paired with a low-calorie diet, HCG helps your body burn your fat stores instead of attacking your muscles to make up for the calories you are no longer eating. When your body is burning extra calories—especially from fat—you lose weight.

There are now new alternatives to the drops, injections, and even HCG. You can see HCG alternatives at other sites.

You need to burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound. So every time you eat 3,500 calories less (usually the 3,500 is spread out over a few days) you lose one pound. This is why the diet causes weight loss. The HCG just keeps your body from going for your muscles instead of your fat—as it is wont to do when calories get low.

The HCG is contained in an alcohol base to make it easier to administer orally, but don’t let that turn you off. Many products we consume are diluted with an alcohol base to make them easier to use.

Vanilla or maple flavoring that comes from a bottle is most likely swimming around in a little bit of alcohol. Obviously, it’s a very low amount and does not affect you. Nobody’s getting drunk off of their chocolate chip cookies and you could not possibly get drunk off the HCG drops.

There are a few things to keep in mind when taking your drops. You will want to take them at approximately the same time every day. This is actually a good practice for most medicines and vitamin supplements you are taking regularly. Taking your drops at the same time will help your body maintain a good level of HCG.

Also, you will need to either take the HCG 20 minutes before you eat or 20 minutes after you eat. It can be longer than 20 minutes in both instances—you just have to make sure it’s at least 20 minutes. If you choose the before method you will probably want to set a timer.

A good way to do it is to take your HCG drops, set the timer for 20 minutes, and then you can be preparing your meal while you’re waiting. If you choose the after method you can set a timer after you eat to make sure you hit at least 20 minutes before taking your dose.

Generally, you administer the drops under your tongue where there are lots of blood vessels and soft tissue. This helps make absorption into your blood stream more efficient. A dose is usually about 15 drops. This is a lot of drops to put under your tongue at one time so I suggest looking in the mirror or counting your drops into a small measuring cup or a spoon.


What’s the HCG Diet Program?

The HCG Diet Program is a fast-acting weight loss program that combines the use of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone and a low-calorie diet. The diet portion of the plan causes weight loss and the hormone helps your body utilize your fat stores instead of your lean tissue for extra nutrition.

When calories are scarce, your body derives nutrition from the first thing that is readily available. Fat is actually a little harder to burn than muscle—so your body will go for your muscles first. This is why just going out and starving yourself isn’t a good idea. You will probably lose weight—but losing muscle will not help you keep the weight off or make you look good.

You need to have a plan and a time limit and be careful with your body. The low-calorie diet portion of the program is relatively short (up to 40 days). There’s a reason for this. You don’t want to make your body subsist on too few calories for too long.  It’s possible you will experience debilitating HCG diet side effects which may prevent weight loss.

People generally lose about a half a pound to two pounds per day during the diet phase. This is a really big amount of weight to lose in a very short amount of time and it’s unsustainable. Bear in mind that most weight loss experts recommend losing two pounds per week because losing weight affects every system of your body, (like your kidneys, for example). So, do not go over day 40 on the diet.

The diet phase lasts just long enough for you to lose a significant amount of weight and then you go through a maintenance phase to help you keep the weight off. This diet requires no exercise—in fact it’s recommended that you don’t do any extra exercise (other than the normal amount of walking you do to get from place to place) because calories are so low.

So, here’s the basic run-down of the diet. You begin taking your HCG and you load for two days. Loading involves eating as much as you can and staying full for the entire two days. This signals to your body that there are indeed enough calories available so it does not have to go into starvation mode—which is bad because that slows down your metabolism.

After your two glorious loading days, you start the diet phase. This is the big challenge of the program. It truly is difficult because your food choices are so limited, but it does work. The length of the diet phase depends largely on you and how much weight you need to lose. It can go from 23 to 40 days, but not beyond day 40.

To complete the diet phase, you stop taking your HCG and continue the diet for three days. Once you’ve completed the diet phase, you start the maintenance phase for three weeks. This phase eases you back into eating more calories again and introducing more foods back into your regular diet. You still need to stay away from starches and refined sugars though.

Although the diet phase of the program is considered a low-calorie diet, you don’t actually count calories to determine your servings of food. You measure your servings with measuring cups and spoons and also a food scale. When you stick to the measurements specified in the guide, you end up consuming a significantly lower amount of calories than you normally would.



The HCG Hormone Diet, How It Aids Weight Loss

HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and as you can surmise from the name, it is produced by humans, pregnant humans, to be exact. A woman’s body produces this hormone during pregnancy to tell her brain (the hypothalamus if you must know) to use fat stores for any extra nutrition rather than going for her easier-to-burn muscles.

Although this hormone is produced in women, it’s safe and effective for men. It does not cause any abnormalities in men and taking it won’t detract from their masculinity one bit.

The HCG hormone diet was developed by an endocrinologist named Albert T. W. Simeons who studied pregnant women in parts of India where food was scarce and people with a rare pituitary glandular problem called Frolich’s Syndrome. The nickname for people with this syndrome is “fat boys”—this gives you an idea of the problems associated with such a disease.

Dr. Simeons observed that low doses of HCG helped these two groups to lose fat rather than lean tissue when they ate a low amount of calories. This is why the HCG hormone diet has become a popular weight loss aid today. The low-calorie diet helps to lose extra pounds and the HCG, which can be in the HCG drops or injections form, keeps your body from burning your muscles instead of your fat.

You do have to consider if there are any dangers involved.

There are three phases to the diet: the loading phase, the diet phase, and the maintenance phase. The loading phase is only two days long. The diet phase is a bit more variable and depends on how much weight you need to lose. Generally, it goes for 23 to 40 days.

You are not supposed to go past day 40 though even if you have more weight to lose. You can do another round of the diet later on if needed, but you don’t want to keep your body on low-calorie diets for too long of a time.

The maintenance phase lasts for three weeks and during this time you lift some of the restrictions from the diet phase, but still stay away from starches and refined sugars. So, if you go the maximum amount of time in the diet phase, the diet will take you a little over two months.

Not bad–especially when you consider that you will lose half a pound to two pounds every day of the diet phase and as I mentioned before, you can do more rounds of the diet once your body has had a chance to get back to consuming a normal amount of calories for a while.

The food included in the diet is pretty easy to find. Everything is usually available at your local grocery store. If not, it’s definitely available online. The diet is low-calorie and high in protein, meaning most of your calories will come from protein.

Breakfast on the diet is pretty light, only some coffee or tea with saccharin or liquid stevia as sweetener and a tablespoonful of milk as cream, but you may substitute items from the lunch and dinner choices to get your energy levels up in the morning.

The choices for lunch and dinner are exactly the same but they are varied enough that you shouldn’t have to eat exactly the same thing for lunch and dinner—unless you want to. For these two meals you get a 3.5 (weighed raw) serving of meat, a serving of vegetables (from a specific list), a serving of fruit (from a specific list), and one Italian breadstick known as grissini or a piece of Melba toast (I saw these by the crackers last time I was at the store).





Why you have to Read HCG Diet Reviews

The HCG diet program is a short-term weight loss program that helps people lose large amounts of weight very quickly. One of the main arguments against the program is that it doesn’t actually teach people how to keep the weight off.

This is true, but it does give you some idea of which types of foods are causing you to gain weight. It’s all the ones you have to give up during the diet and maintenance phases of the program.

So, if you only consume those foods (starches, refined sugars, high-fat foods, etc.) every once in a while instead of at every meal, really listen to your body, and eat only when you’re hungry–you should be able to maintain the weight loss.

During the diet phase, you also eat small, simple meals. Eating five to six small meals a day has been shown to help people keep their metabolism working and usually results in them eating fewer calories than if they had had three large meals a day. If five meals sound like a whole lot, think of it more as three main meals with a light snack in between each of them.

Just to be clear, when you’re doing the diet itself, you are purposefully eating a very low amount of calories to cause your body to lose weight so you only eat three small meals a day. I’m referring to when you’re completely done with the diet (low-calorie diet phase, maintenance phase, and all).

This diet helps to get your body used to eating small meals. If you keep up the small-meal mentality after you’re done dieting, you shouldn’t have much of a problem keeping the weight off and keeping yourself healthy.

Once the diet is complete, you can also start exercising. Pretty much any movement you do with your body will burn calories. Many people choose the HCG diet because they hate the thought of going to the gym and exercising. This is fine.

All you need to do to keep the weight off is make sure that the amount of calories you eat matches the amount of calories that your body burns to function each day. If you start to gain weight again, you are eating too many calories. If you’re losing weight, you’re eating too little—unless you want to lose the weight.

Exercise—even a leisurely stroll to smell the flowers—will help you to keep that balance between the amount of calories you eat and the amount of calories you burn. The trick is to find the type of exercise that works for you.

Keep in mind that exercise doesn’t necessarily have to involve fancy gym clothes, exercise equipment, or even a gym. It can happen in your own backyard while you’re gardening, playing with your kids, or mowing the lawn.

Some HCG diet reviews have also criticized the diet because technically HCG does not actually cause you to lose weight. This is true as well, but that does not mean that the HCG diet doesn’t work.

HCG is a hormone produced in women during pregnancy. It helps her body to utilize the extra energy it’s carrying around in her fat rather than her muscles (for some reason our bodies usually want to go for the protein first) when she doesn’t consume enough calories.

Dr. Albert Simeons, the endocrinologist who discovered this function of HCG, found that when he gave low doses HCG to people on a low-calorie diet it helped them lose fat rather than muscle. So, it is the diet that causes the weight loss—not the HCG. The HCG simply helps to curb hunger and to program your body to go to your fat for extra energy rather than your muscles.

The Different Kinds of HCG Diet Plans

There are many different producers of HCG diet plans out there and many of them are wonderful and legitimate. Some of them may not be however, so proceed with caution when you are in the market for HCG.

HCG is expensive to produce (and therefore expensive to buy), so stay away from cheap products. If they do actually contain HCG, it might not be in large enough quantities to do you any good. Also look for products made in the USA or another country that has trusted regulatory organizations for pharmaceutical companies.

If you go the injection route for taking your HCG, you should need a prescription and plan to take the injections under the supervision of a medical professional. This can get expensive and time consuming, but can work for you if you are careful.

The HCG oral drops are less risky because they don’t involve getting poked with a needle everyday and you’ve got to figure that’s better for your body.  They are also very easy to administer—you only need to take three small doses a day.

The administration method and quality of HCG are the biggest differences between most HCG diet plans. Once you get past those differences though, the actual diet itself is pretty much the same across the board.

The low-calorie diet was developed by Dr. Albert Simeons, the endocrinologist who discovered that HCG helped retain muscle mass and curb hunger when paired with a strict diet. As you’ve probably heard before, the diet helps to lose weight, not the HCG. The HCG just helps keep the diet from causing your body to ravage your muscles.

Really quickly, here is an overview of what the HCG diet actually entails. Remember, you wouldn’t want to do this diet without the HCG because it is very low in calories and may cause your body to draw upon your muscles for extra nutrition rather than your fat stores.

The first two days you start your HCG are called loading days. You basically eat as much as you can of whatever you want on these two days to signal to your body that food is not scarce. People often gain a pound or two on these days, but it comes right back off once you start the diet phase.

The diet breaks up your portions of food into three meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, you can eat something from lunch at breakfast time if that works better for you or spread out the meals throughout the day. You basically just need to stick to the quantities of food specified for each day.

For breakfast, you have as much coffee or tea as you want. Sound too good to be true? Well, keep in mind that you can’t have any cream or sugar with that. You can use liquid Stevia or saccharin to sweeten and you are allotted one tablespoon of milk per day so use it wisely.

The choices for lunch and dinner are identical you just choose different things for each meal. They each include a serving of lean meat (3.5 ounces) such as beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, veal, lobster, crab, or shrimp.

There is also a serving of fruit such as an apple, an orange, a handful of strawberries, or a half of a grapefruit. For vegetables you can have spinach, green salad, chard, chicory, beet greens, celery, fennel, tomatoes (yes, they’re a fruit but you eat them like a vegetable), onions, red radishes, cucumbers, celery, asparagus, or cabbage.

The last item you may have is one piece of Melba toast—a cracker-like breadstick thing or an Italian breadstick specifically referred to as “grissini”.