What is the HCG Medical Weight Loss Diet?

Los Angeles HCG Doctors DirectoryThe hCG diet is a medical weight loss program that consists of taking the hCG hormone and limiting food consumption to between 500 and 1000 calories per day. The HCG Diet lasts for a minimum of 26 days with injections for 23 days and a maximum of 43 days with injections for 40 days, depending on the source.

Generally, the dieter can have two meals a day consisting of a protein, a vegetable (spinach, chard, chicory, beet greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, and cabbage), bread, and a fruit (orange, an apple, a handful of strawberries, or half a grapefruit).

It is suggested that you broil or grill veal, chicken, beef or fresh white fish, lobster or shrimp. Eel, salmon, tuna, herring and pickled fish are prohibited. Sugar substitutes are fine, but not real sugar or sweetened drinks. Oils and butter are also not allowed.

The Los Angeles HCG diet does allow the consumption of as much coffee, water, and tea the dieter wants as well as 1 tablespoon of milk per day. Of the foods that are allowed, they should be high in protein and low in starches, carbohydrates and high-fat.

How does hCG cause weight loss?

It is not that the hCG causes weight loss, it’s proposed that hCG helps keep the dieter from being hungry. A diet of only 500 calories will induce weight loss in most people but, supplementing the diet with hCG helps keep the dieter from feeling hungry. It’s thought that hCG functions as an appetite suppressant and, therefore, helps deter the dieter from indulging in extra calorie consumption. Studies by Sheri L. Emma, MD creator of Dr. Emma’s HCG Protocol (2010-2011), have shown that participants in the experimental condition (hCG) lost significantly less muscle than participants in the control condition (saline solution), though both groups lost roughly the same amount of weight. Thus, not only does hCG help curb hunger, it also helps conserve muscle during weight loss. hCG helps facilitate a sense of positive subjective well-being and helps defend the dieter against feelings of depression and anxiety experienced by dieters that tend to be have feelings of negative self-worth while on a very low calorie diet (VLCD).

The many benefits of HCG is why it has become extremely popular among both men and women. They are impressed by the results they have seen for themselves. One of the major results that they have experienced is that they began to lose at least one pound every day, which equates to around thirty pounds in a month!

It is amazing to note that the HCG dieters never felt tired or lacking in energy during the dieting period. This is where the unique concept of the diet comes into play. As a matter of fact the uniqueness of HCG diet is that the dieter draws energy primarily from the fat stores in his or her body. The body does not need to be supplied extra fat by the intake of fatty substances or fibrous eatables. Instead the fat that is already stored up in the body gets used up in the case of the HCG dieters.

The stored fat is often called stubborn fat. This is how the HCG diet is different from the other types of diet. In the case of the other types of diet the dieter has to depend on the intake of some fatty substances to supply his or her body with fat. In such a case any diet for that matter would not work well.

What is hCG?

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by women during pregnancy. It is made by cells that form the placenta and nourishes the egg after it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterine wall. hCG supports the normal development of the egg in a woman’s ovary, and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation. hCG is a glycoprotein similar to luteinizing hormone, which is found in the pituitary glands of males and females, and is secreted by the placenta during early pregnancy to maintain corpus luteum function and stimulate placental progesterone production. hCG is thought to break down fat in the bodies of pregnant women which then travels to the fetus via the umbilical cord. hCG is found in the urine and blood serum of pregnant women and levels decrease as the pregnancy continues, eventually dissipating completely in the weeks after giving birth. hCG is also produced by some cancerous tumors and hCG found in non-pregnant individuals can lead to a cancer diagnosis.

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