Are the slim and svelte divas on screen stirring your desire to look like them? Wait! You arenâ€™t ready for a weight loss regime as yet.Â Have you realized the need for a healthy, detoxed and energetic body? Congratulations! You are absolutely ready to lose that excess weight.
The internet is flooded with weight loss programs. But hardly do any of them follow the science of weight loss without gnawing the bodyâ€™s lean muscles. Thatâ€™s where Dr. Simeonsâ€™ HCG Diet scores over the rest.
What does HCG do for Weight Loss?
So what does HCG do for weight loss? Dr. Simeonsâ€™ HCG Diet has been developed after years of research and experiments to make sure that the body uses fat stores instead of lean muscles as an energy source. While a bunch of similar programs might be available in the market, be wary of duplicity. A non-scientific approach to HCG Diet could be dangerous. Do your researches before opting for the most scientifically-approved HCG Diet.
Losing weight with HCG Diet
By now, you must be wondering, whatâ€™s this diet all about! And how does it work! The HCG Diet protocol revolves around the star ingredient, human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons used this human hormone (produced by women during pregnancy) to formulate an injection showing dramatic weight loss. This hormone taps into the fat stores as a source of energy, thus resulting in fast fat burning. Dr. Simeons has regulated the daily dosage of this hormone to 150-200 iu for 40 days. Women are barred from taking the injection during their menstrual cycle.
However, the HCG injections alone cannot usher in the magic. These injections must be backed with strict diet programs. Dr. Simeons has designed a thorough weight loss program incorporating diet plans and injection schedules. The program is executed in three phases.
Phase 1: (HCG Diet Loading Days)
Unlike a common perception, the HCG Diet plan does not begin with strict low calorie diet straightaway. The patient is asked to eat as much high fats food as possible until the first three injections. A lot of people might take it as a golden chance to gorge on junks and processed food. But the idea is not to binge on unhealthy food. It is rather to reserve the body with naturally sourced high fats food for a challenging diet plan ahead. Stuff your platter with more organic fats and fiber foods instead of high protein and carbs.
Prior to the beginning, colon cleansing is advised for detoxification and elimination of harmful bacteria from the colon.
Why is the gorging essential?
Gorging is the first preparatory step towards the HCG diet plan. Reserving the body with fats is mandatory for the HCG hormone to work properly. One might lose the reserve fat levels due to various reasons. A high fat diet helps in restoring that reserve fat level. In the absence of the suitable reserve fat level, the hormone injection might fail to target the abnormal fats in the body.
Secondly, these initial days of gorging help your difficult journey through the next phase of a very low calorie diet regime.
Thirdly, these loading days make your body slowly adapt to the HCG injections. This also brings us to the importance of taking the hormone injections during the loading period without fail. Not taking the injections regularly during this period means letting your body miss the chance to adjust to the hormone. And that way, the hormone will lose its efficiency in quickly picking up on the abnormal fats in the body.
Phase 2: The Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)
This is the most challenging part of the HCG diet plan. For six weeks following the loading days, the patient is put into a strict 500 calorie diet. Under this, he is allowed to take not more than 500 calories a day. The diet mostly includes a cup of tea or coffee without sugar for breakfast, followed by a lunch of lean meat or green vegetables (steamed, boiled or grilled) with light seasoning. A couple of post lunch snacking are allowed with an apple, a handful of strawberries, or half a grapefruit. Dinner consists of the same choices as the lunch.
Apart from diet, cosmetic and hygienic products are barred in this phase. Most of these products contain animal fats, which is strictly prohibited during this phase. One is allowed to use only organic and quintessentially natural products.
The HCG hormone injections must be taken without a miss in these six weeks. In fact, the VLCD continues for another three days following the completion of the injection schedule. Thatâ€™s because the hormone stays in the system for 72 hours.
Why is the VLCD phase essential?
The VLCD is essential for the simple calculation: The less you eat the more weight you lose. This is the phase when the HCG hormone actively taps the reserve fats to derive energy for the body. The body will actively metabolize the abnormal fats, thus ushering in a phase of dramatic weight loss. Note that this diet plan directly targets the abnormal fats rather than the bodyâ€™s lean muscles. This is the specialty of HCG Diet.
The HCG hormone injections make the body function properly without compromising on the energy despite eating at such a deficit. On the contrary, if you continue to eat without restriction in this phase, it might result in weight gain and negative side effects.
Note of Importance
The doctors must thoroughly go through the health documents of the patient before putting him on a very low calorie diet. There are high possibilities of adversities if the diet isnâ€™t followed exclusively under specialized supervision.
Phase 3: Maintenance
Post Phase 2, the patient is put into a maintenance phase for three weeks. He is allowed to take a greater amount of calories from natural and healthy sources in this phase.
Why is the maintenance phase essential?
Following six weeks of deficit diet (VLCD), the body is allowed to fall back upon natural calorie intakes for the next three weeks. The body takes in all the essential nutrients derived from the organic sources.
Interestingly, at the end of the VLCD regime, one will be pleasantly surprised to experience lesser food cravings. This means the body slowly gets adjusted to lower amounts of calorie consumption.
The HCG hormone helps to activate the hypothalamus in the brain which keeps one feeling full and energetic despite taking lesser calories. As a matter of fact, the hypothalamus gets to a point where the body doesnâ€™t reach that state of hunger even after the completion of the injection course. So, one doesnâ€™t put the weight back on in a few months. This helps the patient maintain his weight in the long run.
Take home tips for HCG Diet
- The Very Low Calorie Diet regime must be followed with austerity. Small HCG doses with strict 500 calories per day diet will work wonders for weight loss without losing lean muscles and energy.
- The HCG hormone works as a supplement. So, make sure to use it as prescribed. Failure to do so might lead to cramps, nausea, and headaches.
- Do not fail to consume organic food and use organic beauty and hygienic products throughout the entire process of the protocol.
- It is of extreme importance to drink a lot of water during all the three phases of the diet plan.
- Starch and sweets are strictly banned during the entire process.
- Allow the body to rejuvenate by sleeping for 8-10 hours every day.