For those just starting their research on the HCG diet, there are plenty of confusing aspects to consider. The most interesting/confusing part of the whole concept is the idea that the crux of the diet depends on oral HCG drops administered daily. What the heck are HCG drops? What do they do? Fear not, all of your questions will soon be answered.
What is HCG?
HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a naturally occurring protein that occurs in the placenta. It is produced during the first trimester right after conception. It is a peptide that is crucial in endocrine functions for all animals. For those who don’t know, the endocrine system functions as a hormone release to control all facets of the body. This can include everything from heart rate, kidney and liver function, and most importantly for dieters, metabolism. It used to be widely accepted that it was highly improbable and dangerous to attempt to mess with this system, but the general method of thinking is beginning to change.
How Does This Help with My Diet?
Recent studies have uncovered a startling discovery regarding HCG. It seems that when the protein is ingested into the system and calorie consumption is dropped at the same time, a sort of system reset occurs. When these two factors combine the body is given signals to start consuming body fat instead of muscle to keep itself going. This results in rapid weight loss, reported averages being about three pounds per day. There is a small risk that health issues could occur due to the lowered calorie intake; but this is easily avoided by taking a daily vitamin to ensure proper nutrient consumption and following the instructions of the HCG diet program exactly.
Most dieters prefer to ingest their HCG doses through an oral application. This is probably as simple as the fear of needles for some, and the perceived quick benefits of ingesting orally for others. What it really comes down to though is that it is easier and cheaper to produce HCG in oral drop form. Either way, it only means one thing for consumers: a revolutionary and possibly life changing procedure that could finally solve weight problems once and for all.