You may have heard of the HCG Diet. It was first designed in the early 1940s when an American physician began using the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) on young men with low testosterone levels. The physician soon noted that not only did HCG help with the young men’s low testosterone symptoms, but they also started losing significant weight, claiming to experience a dramatic decrease in appetite. It was determined that HCG decreased appetite by influencing the satiety center in the brain and also seemed to promote the breakdown of peripheral fat stores.
The traditional HCG Diet involved 23-42 days of injections of small amounts of HCG along with a very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) of about 500 calories per day, consisting of two small servings of lean protein, two large servings of vegetable and two small servings of fruit. The day would start with a breakfast consisting only of black coffee or tea. The main purpose was to keep total daily calorie intake as low as possible and to keep total daily fat intake as close to zero as possible. The prevailing thought at the time the HCG Diet was developed was that eating fat made you fat.
What we have learned since that time is that eating fat is NOT what makes you fat, but that eating fructose (found in fruit) DOES. Also starting the day with only black coffee or tea is probably a bad idea in terms of slowing down body metabolism. Therefore, my own variant of the HCG Diet involves four small servings of lean protein and two large servings of vegetable with the breakfast meal consisting of one of the protein servings. I have had good results using this approach with most patents losing from 15 to 25 pounds on the 23 day program. Obviously this variant of the HCG Diet is only a starting point in terms of losing weight so that your future self will be much leaner and healthier.
If you are interested in learning more about the HCG Diet and other ways to assist you in losing excess weight and keeping it off for the long run, please contact our office at 239-676-3410.
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