The HCG diet is a diet that is incredibly controversial. HCG is human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a hormone produced during pregnancy. In this diet, a person is supposed to either get HCG injections or take an HCG serum in order to lose weight. At the same time, you are supposed to stick to an incredibly strict calorie intake regime. According to the HCG diet plan, you are only allowed to consume in between 500 and 800 calories a day. This amount is outrageously small. Of course, there are people who do see success in the short term from following this diet, but you need to look at why this is so. Anyone who is consuming less than 1000 calories a day is bound to lose weight, no matter what else they are doing.
But according to the HCG diet, the HCG will help you to burn fat and since you are burning fat and eating so little, you are able to drop several pounds per day, according to people who promote the diet.
However, the vast majority of diet experts and doctors do not recommend the HCG diet. In fact, most believe that it is very dangerous. If you are eating 500 calories of unprocessed foods every day, you are not getting a lot of vitamins and minerals, among other things, that your body needs. You will be incredibly weak as well, and eating this way can lead to a lot of healthy problems. Consuming only 500 calories a day is a nice way of saying that you are starving yourself. It is also important to note that the FDA has not approved HCG to be sold over the counter. In fact, there is no health organization that has verified that this diet is a real and recommended way to lose weight.
One thing that everyone needs to know about such a diet before even starting to consider it is that there is virtually no way to meet your nutritional needs for protein, fats, carbohydrates, and fiber when you are eating a diet of less than 500 calories per day. Not only that, but a couple of days on this diet will be guaranteed to result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
You should also know that companies that are selling HCG products over the counter are doing it illegally, because selling this hormone over the counter is not legal. The FDA is doing its best to track all these companies down and take the products of the market.
So there is no doubt that this is a very extreme and potentially dangerous diet. Even though you can lose a lot of weight in a short period of time with the HCG diet, you are much better off losing weight slowly with a healthier diet. When you lose weight this quickly and in such an unhealthy manner, you are also much more likely to gain it back right away.