There’s yet another diet on the market feeding the fat busting frenzy of the “fluffier folk”; the HCG diet. The HCG diet’s unique and brazen incorporation of endocrinology, physiology and restrictive intake is renowned as revolutionary; a diet utilizing a naturally occurring hormone within the body—well, natural to those people who are pregnant, to be precise.
This diet is based upon the physiological function of the hormone Human Chorionic Gonatropin (HCG)
in gestating women and the impact that it has on the body, specifically on the fat stores within the body. It has been suggested through scientific observation that HCG in a pregnant woman is a defensive measure the body takes to move fat stores into circulation for fetal growth in an effort to spare fetal development in women that are unaware they are pregnant. Needless to say, this natural defense mechanism was most effectively utilized in times lacking the pregnancy tests used today; in this era it wasn’t atypical for a woman to be ignorant of her expectant state for the first trimester. Under normal awareness of pregnancy, a woman will increase her caloric intake to sustain the growing fetus’ nutrient and energy needs; in the absence of this increase, HCG will stimulate a mobilization of fat stores to provide energy needs for the fetus, allowing for the possibility of insufficient maternal intake without affecting the growth and development of the fetus.
So how does it work and what do you have to do to benefit from this double edged diet? The protocol is cyclic, meaning that you go to a doc, get the prescription for HCG and/or obtain similarly effective supplements through other retailers (superheatlhcenter.com carries a product that works in conjunction with this diet), you take a shot the first three days without dieting day, for, then on the third day you restrict your caloric intake to 500 calories a day. This is only possible through the suppression of hunger effected by the HCG. This restriction lasts around 30 days. The principle behind this is that the caloric restriction will aid in the HCG mobilization of fat stores to be utilized for fuel (or the perceived fetus). The weight loss has been reported to be up to 40 lbs.
It is definitely an extreme measure to take to lose the weight, but proven effective. The diet may require cycling and continual observation by a doctor that participates in the HCG diet.
But if you have that reunion next month, or a vacation where you need to slim down for scuba diving, this might be the trick for you.