In recent times, HCG diet has been one of the most preferred options for people who are looking for weight loss programs. However, as there are many ambiguous information about the diet program and more importantly about the use of HCG injections during the diet program, many people tend to get confused in what to believe and what to ignore. Given below are some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers that will help you know exactly about HCG injections and its connection with HCG diet.
What is HCG?
HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a naturally occurring hormone that gets produced in both men and women. In case there is a deficit of the hormone in the body, which can be covered up by administering HCG injections.
Does the HCG diet program actually help in weight loss?
While it is yet to be approved by the AMA or the FDA as a proven way to lose weight, but there are many reports from around the world that HCG injections have been very instrumental in causing weight loss. The injections are prescribed in conjunction with a special diet program that restricts the calorie intake to less the 500-800 calories per day. People have reported losing as much as 60 pounds in a span of less than 3 months by following the HCG diet program along with taking the injections.
With the diet program, the daily weight loss may vary from half a pound to three pounds on a daily basis. Depending on the vegetables and the other items that are being consumed during the HCG diet program, the rate of fat loss is determined.
How many shots are required to be taken?
While it depends largely on the weight that is to be reduced along with the time that is allowed, but usually while following the HCG diet program, one has to take daily shots of the HCG injections for a period of 23 days or more.
If the diet program is so strict, what is the need of the HCG injections?
With calorie intake of as low as 500 calories per day, the body is bound to get its required energy by burning the fat and muscle tissues. In such a case, the individual would not only be losing out on the fats, but would also lose out on the lean muscles which are required for the body. To avoid this, the HCG injections are being taken which makes the body burn the non essential fats from the adipose tissues only without impacting the lean muscles.
The HCG injections also keeps the metabolism rate of the body intact which would have slowed down as you would have been eating such low calories on a daily basis. Thus, even though the food intake would be low, the chances of the individual falling sick would be minimized.
Can the HCG injection be taken without prescription?
It is recommended that HCG injections are being taken only on expert recommendation and under the supervision of your health care provider. That helps you determine the right dosage of this otherwise very powerful hormone injection.