Originally developed in the 1950′s by Italian doctors to combat women’s infertility, the human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG diet has regained popularity and, in its own right, a certain notoriety in the weight loss community. The notoriety stems largely from a number of overzealous weight-loss practitioners who sold the HCG diet plan early on as a “quick fix”, crash-dieting solution which, while certainly attractive to American consumers, served only to produce a dangerous situation where the body was losing weight through extremely low-calorie diets, rather than healthy weight management.
The reason HCG works is that the body is induced into changing the way it burns fat; so-called “trapped fat” that under normal circumstances remains untapped as an energy source becomes freed to be burned under HCG diet plans. When this is occurring, dieters feel less hungry while taking in fewer calories because the body is essentially “living off its stores.” While advantageous to weight loss, such low-calorie-intake situations must be brief, and carefully monitored by a physician to ensure the excess weight is coming off without causing damage to the body in the process.
That physician monitoring is a critical part of the HCG process; dieters must re-learn everything about how they eat, and how they can emerge from their diet plan and transition into an enduring healthy eating lifestyle once their target weight has been reached. Without sufficient education and care, patients run the risk of returning to an unhealthy set of habits and regaining whatever weight was lost in the HCG diet process.
The most important thing to remember is that the HCG diet is not a silver bullet, and it is not a process that can stand on its own and deliver results. For more information about HCG and other plans that can help you lose weight, contact us today!