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Rapid Weight Loss Achieved But What Are The Risks?

By Aarti Singh

If you are the many that did not keep that “New Years Resolution.” Don’t worry! Here is something new to try. People are raving about this new weight loss, especially that it was discovered by a physician. We all secretly want that magic potion, eat whatever you want and never gain weight. Don’t count on this diet to be it. What you can count on is that this new diet will allow you to loose weight or inches you want to achieve.

Sometimes we all need that extra boost to keep us motivated. If you don’t see your results soon it may keep you mundane to continue to stay with your work out. It almost feels like the difference between riding an e-bike and a regular bicycle. We are all eager to get to point A to B.

The new Rapid Weight Loss is achieved by a simple hcg diet plan that anyone can follow. 500-800 calories spread out throughout the day. Essentially tea or coffee is taken for breakfast and two 250-400 calorie meals each for lunch and dinner. The magic is believed to be in the HCG hormone . It is said it will divert your body to use the rest of the energy needed from the reserved fats you already have. It is also claimed that the hormone will curve your appetite and allow you to stay energized. This is the main reason why everyone started using hcg drops for their weight loss. This is the diet in a nutshell, but there are always pro’s and con’s to every situation. Like Cinderella’s glass slipper, not every foot fits one shoe. This article will shine a light to what you need to know and if this is the right option for you.

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Saving the Muscles

This new intermittent diet is believed to solve your struggles of those stubborn subcutaneous fat. The low-calorie Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) Diet is quickly gaining popularity. It was even featured on Dr. Oz. The diet that melts the “right fat” off.

It is no secret eating less will make you loose weight. If you consume less than your daily metabolic rate, you are bound to loose some calories. What makes this new low-calorie diet different? It is believed it’s the way you loose weight during your low-calorie regimen.

Traditionally, after eating less your body will start consuming your energy’s reservoirs for fuel. These are most likely carbohydrates first, and then the body will start consuming fats as a second option for fuel. However, when people tend to dip into a constant low calorie intake, the body switches the metabolism to a longer lasting energy, such as protein (derived from lean muscles). This method become counterproductive, this is the controversy with crash diets. The less muscle mass you have the slower your daily burning calories becomes. HCG diet approach claims to be different.

HCG Hormone is believed to prevent the breakdown of muscle as energy when embarking on the 500-800 calorie per day regimen.

"Remember the more muscle mass you have… the higher your metabolism"

We first studied that diets that includes low calorie intake are counter production because they tend to break down the essential lean muscles you’ve been working on. Most often “crash diets” tend to be the highest reason why people are seen returning to square one in the next 3 months.

Is It Right For Me?

How wonderful, a diet that actually burns off the right fat away, when can I start?

We might need to hold the reins a little bit on this one until we receive all the facts.

First, make sure you are the right candidate for such a diet to work. Do you have any preexisting medical conditions? Are currently pregnant or nursing? Are you the right candidate? The ideal patient for the HCG Diet would be someone who CAN loose 30 pounds without any health risks. It is important to stress to consult a doctor before changing your eating regimen to the HCG Diet. You may have a better understanding by taking in consideration of your Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI between 18-24 is considered normal weight. People with a normal range of BMI are advise to not partake to the full length of the HCG protocol. The flexibility of the HCG Diet is that it is meant for 4-6 weeks however; one can tailor the regimen for a 1-2 weeks instead. The full course of the HCG Diet is mainly for larger BMI aiming to loose large amount of weight in the span of 4-6 weeks.

It also requires a strict diet. Nothing you can substitute if you are allergic or have other diet restrictions. For instance, this diet would be difficult for someone who is a vegetarian. The regimen requires you to have up to 200 grams of lean animal protein a day.

Loose up to 1-2 pounds per day with the HCG Diet”

What are the Risks?

The diet requires you to take the HCG hormone by either small injections or oral droplets. Injections are faster to absorb into your blood stream, with that said, injections will more likely have side effects compared to oral droplets.

Although harsh side effects are rare, be prepared to look out for side effects just in case. Some people report minor symptoms of:

  • Bloating

  • Nausea

  • Irritability

  • Water retention

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

A more severe reaction can be signs of a serious allergy:

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Swelling

  • Hives or Rash

  • Fever

  • Wheezing

Please seek immediate medical attention if you are having symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Regulations and Limitations

Is HCG Hormone safe? It has been approved by the FDA in the United States for the use of increasing fertility. Women who are considering doing the injections should consider a form of birth control when taking HCG hormones.

There are some controversial arguments that limits the credibility of the HCG diet. It was shown during a placebo effect of a calorie intake of 500-800 calories per day resulted in the same weight loss. However, some physicians will argue that what the study doesn’t illustrate is how the body lost the weight. Dr. Emma argues that HCG “allows the body to loose weight differently.” Dr. Simeon was the first physician to study HCG effects to weight loss. In his work Pounds & Inches, he explains the treatment should never exceed 34 pounds of weight is lost or no more than 40 HCG injection doses.

Although there are still skeptics that will criticize the HCG diet, it doesn’t discredit the people that have seen results while on this regimen. My advise to people who want to try it out for themselves is to make sure they are the right candidate and to remember your limits.

Contact your primary physician before take HCG Diet into consideration, this diet is an extreme approach to weight loss and should be taken carefully.

About the Author

About the Author

Aarti Singh, from India, has been a Freelance Nutrition Lifestyle Advisor since 2014. She is a Certified Dietician and Nutritionist who is very passionate about her work, and loves helping people by designing diets specific to their individual needs. Currently she is working on HCG drops project. She has vast experience in cases such as obesity, hypothyroid disease, and anemia. Feel free to contact her any time :


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