The HCG diet is an extreme regimen designed to induce rapid weight reduction of up to 1–2 pounds per day.
According to its proponents, it increases metabolism and fat loss without inducing appetite.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone found in significant concentrations during early pregnancy.
It communicates to a woman's body that she is expectant and maintains the production of hormones vital to embryonic development.
The regimen is comprised of three distinct phases. During the initial episode, you initiate HCG supplementation.
During the second phase, you consume 500 calories per day while taking HCG drops, pellets, injections, or aerosols.
Each phase of weight loss is prescribed to last between 3 and 6 weeks.
Multiple studies conclude that the ultra-low-calorie diet alone, and not the HCG hormone, is responsible for the HCG diet's weight loss effects.
As with most other ultra-low-calorie diets, the HCG diet may result in muscle loss and a diminished ability to expend calories .
Such severe calorie restriction decreases the number of calories your body consumes even further.
In addition, the vast majority of HCG products on the market are fraudulent and do not contain HCG. This hormone can only be increased in the circulation via injection.
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