The hCG diet is another weight loss diet that has caught the attention of dieters. hCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, which is hormone that is a glycoprotein hormone that is produced in a woman's placenta during pregnancy. Since this hormone can be detected around 11 days after the mother conceives, it is also used for diagnosing pregnancy. This hormone provides the developing embryo the access to the mother's fat stores and facilitates the growth of the embryo during pregnancy.
In 1950s, Dr. Albert Simeons popularized the concept of using this hormone for inducing weight loss. Since it is believed that this hormone allows the embryo to draw fat from the mother's fat stores, the proponents of this weight loss program believe that when taken orally or in the form of injections, this glycoprotein hormone can burn the dense fat deposits. Those who don't like the idea of injecting this hormone can use it in the form of sprays, tablets, or homeopathic hCG drops.
hCG Diet Plan
Besides taking this hormone in the form of drops or injections, one must adhere to the 23 or 40 day hCG diet protocol. As is the case with all weight loss programs, one needs to follow certain dietary guidelines. This weight loss program is based on a low calorie intake. The first phase of this program is known as the loading phase. During the first two days, one needs to build up the fat stores by eating a high fat and a high calorie diet. If you have opted for the 40 day protocol, you will need to restrict your intake of calories to about 500 calories a day for the next 38 days. Then comes the maintenance phase that goes on for another 3 weeks. During the maintenance phase, the dieter must refrain from the consumption of starch and sugar. Throughout the diet regime, you need to take the drops as per the recommended dosage.
Homeopathic Drops Vs. Injections
One can take hCG injections or take this hormone orally. However, there is the danger of one developing skin problems such as swelling, itching, and secondary infections due to administration of the injections. Some people have also complained about experiencing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or muscle cramps. Mixing and administration of shots is not that simple too. These shots have an expiry date and must be stored properly.
Unlike the injections, homeopathic drops don't cause any skin reactions. The administration of these sublingual drops is not a complicated procedure. These just need to be administered under the tongue. These drops have a great shelf life and don't even require refrigeration. All you need to do is buy pre-mixed drops and take them as per the prescribed dosage. While you need to shell out huge amounts of money for the injections, these drops are relatively cheaper. If you go through the reviews, you will see that there aren't reports of people developing serious side effects. Since homeopathic hCG comes in a diluted form, it has been found to be a safer alternative to the hCG shots.
The side effects that one might experience are usually due to the restrictive calorie diet that needs to followed. If you are planning to follow this diet program, it would be a good idea to go through the reviews. This will help you to take a well-informed decision.
If you are planning to follow this weight loss program, make sure that you find out about the side effects. Though homeopathic drops don't cause any serious side effects, there's a likelihood of the dieters developing food cravings and nutritional deficiency due to the restrictive calorie intake. The best way to lose weight is to bring about changes in your lifestyle. So, follow a healthy diet, stay physically active, and say hello to good health!
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.