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    • HCG Diet Explained


      By Julie D. Andrews Men's Fitness

      Q: “I heard that the HCG diet can help you lean out—fast. Are there any drawbacks?”

      A: Ah, yes. You’ve heard the claims. But do you know the origins? HCG is for those so hell-bent on slimming down at lightening speed (a pound a day plus, compared to a healthy rate of two pounds per week), that they inject a pregnancy hormone—or take it under-tongue.

      “Science to support recommending this diet is lacking,” says Joy Dubost, PhD, RD, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson. “Weight loss results from its extremely restrictive nature and low caloric intake.” Period. Exclamation point.

      What’s hCG? It’s human chorionic gonadotropin, the hormone in urine that determines pregnancy test outcomes and that also spurs genital development. Its link to weight loss dates to the 1930s, when endocrinologist A.T.W Simeons discovered that young boys with pituitary-gland malfunctions taking hCG to aid gonad development lost weight by eating little without experieincing hunger pangs. He later combined the drug with calorie-cutting to develop the diet, and today's offshoots involve 26-day prescription-based treatments that cost around $450.

      At 40 days, immunity can occur, so dieters must take a six-week break. And after dose three, dieters restrict daily calories to 800. No dairy, sugar, or alcohol are allowed. Plus you're encouraged to eat only high-protein foods low in starches and carbs. Yep, sounds like a real joy ride to us, too.

      But even worse—and more problematic—are the very real risks. The FDA has approved hCG only as a fertility drug treatment, and it recently issued warnings to seven companies marketing over-the-counter hCG products labeled “homeopathic” for weight loss. Among possible hCG side effects?) Breast enlargement (yes, we’re talking man boobs), irritability, headache, depression, water weight, hair thinning, nausea, and diarrhea.

      What's more, such caloric restriction could be considered starvation. Needs vary according to how active you are, but men generally require 2,000 to 3,000 calories daily to stay healthy. When attempting weight-loss, dieters may chop to 1,200 to 1,5000 calories daily, but dipping below 1,200 isn't advised by experts. On such few calories, you can’t get all the nutrients your body needs—and you can forget about the energy and muscle fuel to work out.

      One British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology meta-analysis concluded “there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss of fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being.”

      Malnourished Slim Jims? Not so sexy. Trust us, you're better with another slim-down, get-lean strategy.

      Source: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition...-hcg-diet-work
      Comments 4 Comments
      1. drewsicle3210's Avatar
        drewsicle3210 -
        Everyone that I know that did this, didn't get what they wanted. Sure they drop weight quick, but they gain it all back
      1. drewsicle3210's Avatar
        drewsicle3210 -
        Originally Posted by drewsicle3210 View Post
        Everyone that I know that did this, didn't get what they wanted. Sure they drop weight quick, but they gain it all back
        Take OxyElite Pro ;) , and eat right, and workout religiously.

        Tada!
      1. MongoSS's Avatar
        MongoSS -
        It does sound crazy, but I tried it. I dropped from 280-238, and my bodyfat dropped over 10%. I only lost around 3-4lbs of lean mass in the process, verified by body scans. Also I am now 3 months + out of my cycle and I am 236lbs right now. Furthermore I have dropped an additional 3% bodyfat since ending HCG. I will say that my success has a lot to do with following a slow reintroduction to foods and monitoring my calories for 5 weeks after my last shot. I maintained for that period, then switched to a keto style diet. I think that you will definitely rebound if you do not maintain your new weight immediately following your completion of an hcg cycle. I will respectfully disagree with the assurtion that HCG is in effective, I have my personal experience as well as 4 family members who had results similar to mine. I think all the bad rap about hcg has to do with fake hcg or the drops. I did injections every day and it worked.
      1. cabrunner6480's Avatar
        cabrunner6480 -
        Originally Posted by MongoSS View Post
        It does sound crazy, but I tried it. I dropped from 280-238, and my bodyfat dropped over 10%. I only lost around 3-4lbs of lean mass in the process, verified by body scans. Also I am now 3 months + out of my cycle and I am 236lbs right now. Furthermore I have dropped an additional 3% bodyfat since ending HCG. I will say that my success has a lot to do with following a slow reintroduction to foods and monitoring my calories for 5 weeks after my last shot. I maintained for that period, then switched to a keto style diet. I think that you will definitely rebound if you do not maintain your new weight immediately following your completion of an hcg cycle. I will respectfully disagree with the assurtion that HCG is in effective, I have my personal experience as well as 4 family members who had results similar to mine. I think all the bad rap about hcg has to do with fake hcg or the drops. I did injections every day and it worked.
        I agree with you. I ran it twice while I worked at high paced Recreation vehicle assembling line where we made 20 travel trailers a day. Workout three days a week to maintain strength. And went through maintenance with a Keto style diet as well.
        I lost 40 pounds, I have since gained 30 pounds back the past two years with the aid of two cycles of PH.
        The people I've known who has gained back their fat and more, were ones that went back to eating the same crap(and amount) that got them fat in first place.

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