While i’m trying to get rid of the hCG in my body, people are actually injecting it into theirs to lose weight? It’s just recently that I found out about this diet. Have you heard of the hCG diet?
Let’s start with definition of terms. I’m sure those who are pregnant or have been pregnant are familiar with the human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. This is the substance that is present in the urine and blood of a pregnant person. hCG is a hormone produced in pregnancy that is made by the developing embryo after conception and later by a part of the placenta. Its functions is to secure that the developing fetus receives the nutrition that it needs to grow and for the placenta to develop well.
In the hCG diet, the nutrients that the hCG gives is totally separate from the nutrients that we get from our daily food intake. It is said that stored fat and those extra pounds are often there because we eat more than we burn and use in our daily activities. They say that once hCG is in a person’s body, it releases our stored fats and feeds it to the growing fetus, if a woman does not consume enough for her growing baby.
They say when hCG is present in the body (early during a woman’s pregnancy up to 14 weeks), some pregnant women even lose weight and are oftentimes not that hungry.
Dr. Simeons is the founder of the hCG diet. He toyed with the idea of using hCG as a tool for losing weight. He published a paper and developed a diet plan for those who wanted to use the drug as a weight-loss tool.
How does the hCG diet work?
A round of treatment lasts a minimum of 26 days. A daily injection of hCG is done in 23 of those days. The dieter may request a treatment to last as long as 43 days (with 40 injections) given that the dieter loses a maximum of 34 to 40 pounds (15 to 18 kilograms) before the given duration. No hCG injections are given for the last three days of any treatment period so that it can be cleansed out of the body completely before they start a normal diet. (It also takes about three days for hCG’s effects to “kick in.”) Dr. Simeons said that immunity to hCG is eveident after 40 days that is why a dieter needs to take a 6 week break from the diet after before starting another 40 day treatment.
Dieters are instructed to take only 500 calories a day after the third shot. The logic behind it is that Once the hCG is in the dieter’s body, it will now release the stored fats to give the extra calories that the body needs to get it through the day. Once a dieter drops the extra pounds, the treatment must has to be stopped since hCG can only release the excess fats.
Can these shots be given just like that?
Well, the FDA of the US approved of this as a fertility drug. This hCG shots tricks the body with the presence of a pregnancy-related hormone; therefore, your body may help you get pregnant. Aside from fertility, the FDA doesn’t approve hCG use for any other reason, including weight loss.
As for the side effects, aside from the fact that you will be feeling like you’re pregnant, there will be an increased risk of blood clots, headaches, restlessness and depression.
My Personal Thoughts
True or not, i’m scared with tampering with the hCG levels in my body. This is especially after knowing that I had placenta accreta. Injecting hCG would trigger a drastic increase again. And besides, I don’t think I lost weight during the early weeks of my pregnancy. I’m not a heavy eater. I probably ate 500 calories during that time and I didn’t lose a pound. I just believe that hCG should be used only as a fertility medication or for other diseases that it can cure. But that’s just me.
If you’re a risk taker and you really, really need to lose that weight, go and try this diet.
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