I don’t know of too many people around that don’t want to lose weight, have lots on energy, and feel good. It is human nature. Along with human nature, the media and celebrities have helped people all over the world create a distorted view of beauty. Health and wellness should be an absolute focus in everyone’s life. Yet, many who are overweight and obese become quickly frustrated with diet and exercise to lose weight. We become disenfranchised because the results are so painstakingly slow – but they are slow for good reason – those are the results that actually last.
We live in a fast food society. We use credit cards, so we can get things now. We love drive thrus and microwave ovens. We want things, NOW!! Why wait, when you can have it now. This includes weight loss. We are looking for a quick fix.
What is HCG Injections?
HCG is a natural hormone that is produced during pregnancy called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, a specialist on obesity and weight regulation, introduced a program that has helped many people overcome weight loss resistance. Dr. Simeons’ theory is that HCG causes the hypothalamus area of the brain to trigger a release of abnormal fat stores. When administered in relatively small doses and coupled with a very low calorie diet – usually about 500 calories a day (that is on average about the calories of an average lunch), people routinely lose 20 pounds in 30 days.
The hypothalamus is a part of the diencephalon area of our brain. This is the vital part of the brain which controls all of the autonomic functions of the body, including breathing, heartbeat, digestion, sleep and the complex functions of the endocrine system. One of the many functions of the endocrine system is regulation and control of your metabolism and weight.
Do the HCG Injections and Diet Work For Women and Men?
How Do HCG Injections and Diet Work?
HCG appears to act on the hypothalamus, signaling the body to release stored fat into the bloodstream where it is then available to be used by the cells for nourishment. This alone will not cause weight loss, though, unless you reduce your food intake. This forces the body to use the mobilized fat from the bloodstream. HCG causes the release of abnormal fat without affecting structural fat and muscle tissue. Which means you lose in those stubborn areas–hips, thighs, buttocks and upper arms! Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
So, what are the dangers of the HCG diet and injections?
To be very honest, we do not know what the potential risks are. A physician in my area, that promotes this diet regimen was recently quoted that he “does not believe it is dangerous, though he admits the diet is controversial and there could be unknown negative side effects. The FDA did a small study and the injections themselves showed little results, so the study was halted. Potential side effects include: headaches, blood clots, leg cramps, temporary hair thinning, constipation, and breast tenderness. The FDA has received at least one recent report of an HCG dieter developing a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal blood clot in the lung.
I think the biggest danger is the severe calorie restriction. When you consistently eat a 500 calorie/day diet for a few days, your body goes into starvation mode. It takes any calories you consume and stores them as fat. It is simply trying to survive. Moreover, extremely low-calorie diets can cause severe bone and muscle loss, electrolyte imbalances, gallstones, and even death.
Why Does It Work?
Obviously, if you are consistently eating only 500 calories/day; you will lose weight. You will lose that weight quickly. But, will you keep it off, and is it a healthy way to lose weight? Probably not, and DEFINATELY NOT! The studies that have been done on the HCG injection only, have not showed a true substantial reduction in weight. Now, I am sure there are success stories. From different research, I have found the regimen is also paired with healthy eating and is done in cycles. Therefore, the attempt is to teach the patient how to turn to healthy eating and lifestyle changes, thus maintaining the weight loss. More times than not, I would guarantee that most gain the weight back and even more.
The cost is not only to your health, but also your pocket book. The regimen can easily cost into the thousands. I beg you to reconsider, if you are considering this option.
It is pretty simply. The regimen is nothing more than a crash diet—and an expensive one at that. A more sensible route to weight loss is no more mysterious than choosing healthy foods, limiting portion sizes, and exercising. This is just another approach for people who believe there’s a magic remedy for fat, but there is no such thing. All this diet does is show you how to restrict and a person can only do that for so long without returning to old habits, and old weights!