The diet and weight loss industry is currently thriving and is generating more money than ever before. This does appear to indicate the fact that many of us are not exactly happy with our weight. Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough, and occasionally we may find ourselves looking for a bit of a helping hand.
This is where HCG diets prove to be so effective. HCG diets are used by people looking to burn fat in a safe and controlled manner. Despite this however, there are a few common myths and misconceptions associated with the HCG diet. That’s why today, we are doing our best to debunk these myths once and for all.
HCG is NOT a steroid
Yes, believe it or not, but there are some people out there that claim that HCG is in fact a steroid. They could literally not be any further from the truth if they tried. HCG is not a steroid at all. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a hormone produced naturally in the body. It is produced in large quantities in pregnant women. The reason for this is that it is used to help nourish the growing foetus inside the expecting mother.
HCG treats infertility
Although this hormone is used for fat loss purposes, it is also used to treat infertility in women. It works by enabling a female’s eggs to become more mature and to be released from her ovaries. This in turn will help ensure that she has a greater chance of becoming pregnant.
HCG diets are safe
Generally, starvation diets are not considered to be safe or effective. When you starve your body, you deprive it of nutrients and energy needed to function. The second phase of the HCG diet is indeed a very low-calorie diet. Normally you will consume just 500 – 700 calories per day, which is ordinarily far too small an amount to live on. The HCG however, allows you to metabolize these calories more efficiently, so you can enjoy more energy from them without crashing and feeling tired and lethargic. On top of that, the hormone also helps to suppress your appetite, so you experience less hunger. This is hugely beneficial on a low-calorie diet, or any diet for that matter.
HCG is a placebo
The most common myth associated with HCG diets is that the hormone itself is just a placebo. After all, whether you inject HCG or not, if you consume just 500 calories a day you are going to lose weight. It is true that you would, but you would also be constantly hungry, tired, and lethargic. You’d also burn off far less calories because your body would enter starvation mode. HCG allows you to burn off more calories, so during the low-calorie phase you lose far more weight. HCG is most certainly NOT a placebo.