The idea to lose 30 pounds (15 kg) in 30 days is tempting enough to arouse the curiosity of a diet, but the HCG diet can do it! The plan includes two key elements: daily injections or drops of a hormone (HCG) and a diet of only 500 calories a day. Is it really possible? How can someone have energy all day consuming the equivalent of a turkey and cheese sandwich?
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone produced during pregnancy by cells that form the placenta. It is detected in the blood around 11 days after conception, and urine, between 12 and 14 days. In fact, this is the hormone that underlies pregnancy tests there at the pharmacy.
Their role is key to the fetus can get the nutrients you need. The HCG sends signals to the hypothalamus to mobilize and lead to fetal fat stores of the body, which in the case of women often found on the thighs, abdomen and hips. Thus, if the mother does not consume the nutrients the baby needs to grow in those first crucial months of pregnancy, their fat will provide for her.
As the HCG acts on the hypothalamus during pregnancy and mobilizes fat deposits more work costs us lose, diet promoters claim that injecting small amounts of the hormone, or deliver it in the form of drops, can cause the same effect on metabolism of women who are not pregnant. This also happens on male because the male hormone hypothalamus responds equally.
Once the HCG is active in the system (usually the third day after starting to manage it), appetite is reduced, because the own fat reserves released will supply the body with the energy it needs; hence you can stay with just 500 calories a day without starving or feeling drained.
How long will you do it depends on the weight you want to lose diet. Usually each treatment cycle lasts a minimum of 26 days, with 23 of them requiring a daily dose of HCG. It can be extended up to 43 days maximum (with 40 of them receiving HCG), because after that time a kind of immunity to the hormone usually develops. As the HCG takes three days to take effect within 72 hours you can eat all you want, but after the last dose, you should continue with the 500 calories a day for another three days (your body will still be flooded hormone and that will not cost labor) to remove any trace of HCG the body before returning to the normal diet. If after that you want to lose more weight, you will need to perform another cycle of treatment recess a few weeks. Over a total of four cycles separated by recesses is not recommended.
Is the HCG Diet Safe?
Actually, the idea of using HCG for weight loss is not new. It became very great in the 70s, but a number of negative studies reduced to almost zero use. After the FDA approved its use as a treatment for infertility, some doctors prescribe returned to start the injections as a diet tool, and present new versions of the hormone in the form of drops, sprays, creams and even pills, the process has been simplified and the euphoria has returned to unravel.
In the medical community, opinions are divided and while some argue that it is a safe program if done under strict medical supervision, others warn of the dangers that HCG can be short and long term.
For its part, the FDA has issued a statement emphasizing that has not approved the use of HCG for any purpose other than the treatment of infertility, and that using the drops, sprays and pills and homeopathic remedies to lose weight is fraudulent and illegal.
HCG Diet Side Effects
The list of potential side effects is long and ranges from minor disturbances, such as agitation, headaches, constipation and breast tenderness to life-threatening problems like syndrome ovarian hyperstimulation (ovaries overstimulated by the hormone may swell and release fluid into the abdomen, which in turn can lead to blood clots and kidney failure).
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the United States has warned that the HCG diet can precipitate the formation of gallstones. Medical Center and the University of Maryland has warned of the possibility that HCG causes thyrotoxicosis (severe elevated levels of thyroid hormones in the blood).
Severe caloric restriction is also worrying. According to the National Institutes of Health in the United States, the lowest recommended caloric intake per day is 1,200 calories for women and 1,500 for men. When calories are restricted to just 500, the risk of not providing the body with enough essential amino acids is very high.
Another alarming danger: the possibility that the HCG, which can now be purchased freely in many online sites, is infected with the prion protein responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also called mad cow disease. While some websites are reliable and warn about the need to always consult with a physician, others offer very little information for your safety.
Surely 40 days of injections or drops can make the dream of losing weight without effort, but ultimately, the risks may outweigh the benefits. No matter how many new diets become fashionable, healthy food choices and regular exercise is still the most sensible and safe to delete extra kilos and maintain weight loss mode.