Oftentimes when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race. But sometimes we want to see the pounds fall of the scale quickly and there is a way to get ‘er done: The HCG Diet Protocol!
How Does HCG Work for Weight Loss?
The HCG diet came about during the 1950’s by a British doctor, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons. He created a rigid protocol in combination with the HCG hormone (also known as the pregnancy hormone), which allows the body to use fat as a form of energy without cannibalizing organs or muscle.
The HCG hormone alone does not cause any weight loss. HCG is a placental peptide hormone produced and released during pregnancy (but don’t worry – it is safe for women AND men). Dr. Simeons theorized that this hormone regulates the metabolic systems of the body, making fat reserves readily available when food is not available. When placed in the right environment and timed with a low-calorie diet of specific foods, the HCG protocol allows both men and women to live off their excess fat.
What is the HCG Diet Protocol?
The HCG Diet Protocol is broken up into phases. PHASE ONE is the loading phase and for most people, this is the fun part! The loading phase lasts for three days and the patient is supposed to eat DOUBLE the amount of food they normally eat. High-fat foods are best, and despite any initial reservations, this phase is critical for success on the HCG protocol. This phase revs up the metabolism and prepares the body for the phase two, which is the low-calorie phase.
PHASE TWO lasts for 23-45 days. During this phase, the protocol is to eat only 500 calories per day, and only very specific foods which are outlined in the manual. This may sound crazy, but we’re not pulling your leg – this is the protocol! During this phase, patients lose on average between 1-2 pounds per day. Yes, per day! The weight loss is fast, but only if the strictest adherence is given to the diet.
PHASE THREE is the transition into maintenance and this phase lasts for 3 weeks. Phase three is also strict and consists of a low-carbohydrate and low-sugar diet in order to re-regulate the hypothalamus. During this phase, a new weight “set point” is established. After the first 3 weeks of phase three, grains can slowly be added back into the diet while maintaining the new weight and set point.
The HCG Diet Protocol requires quite a bit of self-control, and if a patient is not willing to adhere to the guidelines, weight loss may not be achieved. But when done correctly, patients can see and feel the rapid weight loss, and keep it off for good.
When it comes to weight loss and healthy weight maintenance, as always, the traditional rules of healthy living still apply. A patient can have amazing results using the HCG Diet Protocol, but if that patient doesn’t change the dietary and lifestyle habits that once caused the weight gain, any weight lost on any diet will be short-lived.
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