The HCG Diet: My Weight Loss with HCG Experience
My Introduction to HCG
When my doctor first mentioned the HCG weight loss plan, I was skeptical enough to believe that anyone trying to lose weight with HCG had to be crazy! However, my weight seemed to be "stuck", and I could not manage to drop lower. After gettting a second opinion, I decided to give weight loss with HCG a try. Here is what I learned and experienced.
What is HCG?
My doctor explained to me that HCG is known as "the pregnancy hormone". In fact, it is the hormone that makes a pregnancy test turn positive. In theory, taking injections of the hormone while on a very low calorie diet tricks the body into believing it needs to burn maternal fat stores to provide for a baby. Instead of a combination of muscle with the fat, maternal fat stores on the stomach and hips melt away at a rapid pace--up to a pound a day, leaving muscle tone intact. Finally, something in the hormone also keeps the dieter from being excessively hungry despite the low calorie diet. How low are the calories? Only 500 calories a day!
Despite my doubts, I decided to try to lose weight with the HCG diet. Over 26 days, I ended up losing a total of 23 pounds!
There are people out there who say the whole HCG diet idea is preposterous, that the injections have a placebo effect, which is what keeps people on the diet and helps them lose weight. Of course, anyone would lose weight on a 500 calorie a day diet, but I would argue that I did not think the HCG weight loss injections would help my hunger, and I doubt that the hormone could effectivly trick anyone into thinking they were not hungry with that level of calories!
I cannot say that losing weight with HCG was easy. I got bored with the foods I had to eat and had to do a bit of experimenting. I discovered some new foods, such as Miracle Noodles, which have no calories or carbohydrates (because they are made of fiber, instead of wheat), and Stevia, the only sweetener allowed on the diet.
I also could not do vigorous work-outs, which I missed more than I thought I would.
But HCG helped me take off weight I did not think I would be able to lose. And what is more important, I have not gained it back over the months since I have been off the diet. In fact, intend to go back on the diet in the fall, and hopefully will lose around 25 pounds again.
If you are having trouble losing weight, consider trying the HCG diet, as crazy as it may sound. When I first started researching it, I found a lot of sites talking about how the diet had to be dangerous or a fraud. Then I would read the comments sections--which were all full of people who had actually done the diet singing its praises.
Here are a couple of places to start your research:
My Weight Loss with HCG: This is actually my blog about my daily experience, from the struggles and skepticism of the first few days to the triumphant end!
I also got a ton of information from the HCG Diet Info Forum. Their support and experience was of tremedous help to me!
Products That Helped Me
Stevia is the only sweetener approved on the HCG diet. I actually ordered mine, because the sale price was cheaper than I could get it in my local grocery store.
Someone gave me a set of digital kitchen scales as a gift when I began this diet. I don't know what I would have done without it!