Everything You Need to Know About HCG
If you’ve been trying to lose weight for a considerable amount of time, you might have considered trying something a little more radical. While we can’t speak for everybody, a lot of people that have struggled with their weight before, have tried following the HCG diet. The HCG diet is basically a specialist diet plan, split into 3 phases, whereby those following it will receive HCG injections, or sometimes consume HCG in tablet/liquid form instead.
The first phase is a loading phase in which you will receive the injections but consume more fat/calories for a few days to help ‘shock’ your metabolism during phase 2. Phase 2 is the worst. It is a very low-calorie phase lasting 3 – 6 weeks, whereby you consume 500 – 700 calories per day. The 3rd phase is a maintenance phase, whereby you reduce the amount of HCG you receive each day and very gradually increase the amounts of calories you consume. But what is HCG and what makes it so beneficial for people looking to lose weight? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is HCG and why is it produced?
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. It is a glycoprotein that functions as a hormone/prohormone that is produced in large dosages when a woman falls pregnant. Men and women naturally have HCG in their bodies, but the volumes increase drastically when a woman falls pregnant. It is produced within the placenta to ensure that the embryo is as healthy as it can possibly be. HCG helps enable a pregnant woman to utilize calories more efficiently to ensure that she and her unborn child have a sufficient amount of nutrients and energy to survive and function as they should. It is a prohormone which helps to maintain a healthy production and secretion of important pregnancy-related hormones such as estrogen and progesterone which are both important for the growth and development of the embryo and foetus.
What happens in the event of too many HCG hormones in the body?
Naturally, if your HCG hormone levels are elevated this could be an indication that you are pregnant. However, there is evidence to suggest that elevated levels of HCG which are not linked to pregnancy, could potentially be an indication of other underlying health issues such as cancer. This does not mean that unusually high levels of HCG mean that you certainly have cancer or a serious illness, but it could be a warning marker. Please remember that HCG is NOT the cause of the illnesses we mentioned, it simply indicates that there could be a problem.
HCG for weight loss
So far, we’ve looked at pregnancy and illness, but not at how HCG can assist with weight loss. As we mentioned in our intro, HCG injections and/or droplets/sprays etc can be utilized to assist with weight loss. To begin with, HCG helps the body to function on fewer calories than usual, so your metabolism does not slow down, despite the fact that you will be consuming well below maintenance for your daily caloric intakes. As well as that, HCG also helps to fight and suppress hunger, which makes the entire process much easier.