I recently became aware of a diet that has been around for a while that not only involves eating healthy food but also injecting yourself with a substance called human chorionic gonadotropin or hcg for short. Hcg is actually a hormone that is found in pregnant women so it is very interesting to read and understand exactly how this works and what effect this hormone can have in weight loss.
The role that the hcg hormone plays in pregnant women is to take nutrients from the mother’s body and use it to feed the unborn child. It does this by converting the stored fat cells in the mother into energy so that the mothers muscle cells are not eaten away. The hcg is created from the very same cells that also form the placenta during pregnancy. The presence of hcg can be first detected at around the 12-14 day mark after conception and it doubles every 72 hours until it reaches its peak at around weeks 8-11. After this point it starts to dilute and eventually disappear altogether.
The hcg diet combines this unique function of the hcg hormone combined with a very low calorie diet to increase fat loss. Generally on the hcg diet, participants are only allowed to consume around 500 calories per day so without the addition of the hcg hormone the body starts to draw from muscle tissues for energy rather than the built up fat stores.
It is very important to maintain the body muscle tissue when trying to lose weight as this is the main contributing factor for why people regain any weight they lost during the dieting stage. By taking the hcg hormone the inventors of the diet were able to stop the body eating muscle tissue and therefore maximize fat loss.
Another reported benefit of taking hcg is that is has been reported to reduce hunger in the diet participants. Since they are only taking in 500 calories per day they would otherwise be very hungry.
The use of hcg as an aid to weight loss has been around since the 1950′s when British endocrinologist Albert T. W. Simeons first came up with the concept of combing hcg with a low calorie diet. In 1954 Dr. Simeons released a book titled Pounds and Inches in which he hoped to help combat the issue of obesity.
The diet only recently hit the mainstream market however when the famous TV show host Dr. Oz featured a form of the diet on his popular show. He publicly endorsed the program and as a result the diet was picked up by thousands across the nation.
The jury is still out on the effectiveness of hcg as a weight loss enhancer but one thing for sure is that by simply restricting daily calorie intake to around the 500 mark participants will see dramatic results. The only question is how effective the hcg hormone is in suppressing hunger and helping participants get though the day without giving in.