Let’s face it, in general, the human race are getting fatter and fatter, and unhealthier and unhealthier on seemingly daily basis, evident in the fact that worldwide obesity levels are at an all-time high, and life expectancies are actually becoming shorter, rather than longer. Because of this, people are finally making the conscious decision to lose weight and to get fitter and healthier, by embarking on weight loss programs designed to push their bodies to their very limits. People often embark on radical diets in an attempt to shed unsightly pounds in a bid to be fitter, leaner, and healthier, and one diet which has been generating a great deal of attention in the health and fitness community, is the HCG diet.
What is the HCG diet? – The HCG diet is a radical weight loss and fitness protocol which has been designed to help people shed weight rapidly whilst cleansing their bodies simultaneously. It has sparked quite a fair amount of controversy over the last few years, mainly due to the fact that it involves manipulating the hormones within our bodies. Hormones are responsible for our appetite, our mood, our weight, our libidos, and many more decidedly human characteristics. The HCG diet is designed to manipulate a hormone in our bodies known as Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG for short. This hormone is believed to suppress our appetites and promote weight loss. The diet itself has two main features: IT focuses on HCG supplementation, and it drastically restricts our daily calorie intake by around just 500 and 800 calories. It is described as a very-low calorie diet and one which is not for the faint hearted.
So how does it work? – As mentioned, this is a slightly more radical diet plan and it is one which should only be carried out under medical supervision by those who are deadly serious about losing weight and getting in shape. Each day, people on the diet will consume just two whole food meals that are between 250 and 300 calories each. Each meal is identical to the last in order to ensure that calorie content remains consistent. Dieters do not consume breakfast and they cannot snack in between meals or drink anything other than water. Just to give an idea of the amount of calories being consumed, those following the HCG diet will be consuming the equivalent of one low-calorie meal every day, with nothing else. Here’s where the HCG part comes into play. Those following the diet will receive one 125 iu injection of HCG a day. This injection of the hormone is designed to suppress appetite and hunger cravings, so that the extremely low calorie intake doesn’t leave them constantly feeling hungry and craving food. It is a diet which must only be undertaken under strict medical supervision.