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[ARTICLE] HCG Diet
Filed Under: Naturopathy | Published: | Author: Dr. Julie TwoMoon
Weight loss may be the biggest reason people attempt a change in diet/lifestyle. So many people wake up and look in the mirror, and discover they don't like what they see and want it to change. However, so many diet plans fall short because they do not teach new patterns, they do not work on regulating the body and establishing hormonal balance and they are about starvation with exercise which is not sustainable over the long term. Modern lifestyle is not well adapted to adding more time consuming activities to it. Most people are struggling to meet the ever expanding lists of obligations they have, adding two hours of gym time is often not going to be a long term fix. That is why, using a program like the Hcg diet to modify the lifestyle, lower the weight, improve self esteem and develop motivation is often the best way to go.
diet was developed by Dr. Simeons. The
protocol has been used by physicians since the 1950's to provide rapid,
sustainable weight loss. Basically,
participants adopt an extremely low calorie diet (500 calories) or very
specific foods, along with Hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin) in some form or
another. The theory being that the Hcg
is helping the body establish hypothalamic control over weight, fat utilization
and mobilization and therefore establishing a new set point and hormonal
control point for body weight.
Not all people are believers in the efficacy of the diet. Many feel that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of Hcg and that it is a placebo effect rather than a long term fix. Yet, more and more, people have been flocking to the numerous websites and clinics offering this diet because what they most want is weight loss and this program provides just that. Now, since we do not currently have great ways of monitoring hypothalamic function, it is hard to prove what the effect is and how it is being accomplished, but for most, if they follow the right diet, the weight stays off. I believe that the effect is real, significant and needs to be given due attention.
are getting fatter than ever. This is
the result of the ever increasing amounts of toxic food we consume, and now we
are seeing the epidemic affect kids. We
simply cannot sit around and wait for a change, and weight loss surgery is not
the answer. Using Hcg and the
recommended food plan, weight comes off, at about a pound a day. Compare this to the one half to two pound a
day average for most people adopting the low fat, high intensity training
weight loss program promoted by most trainers. In order to have success with Hcg, one cannot cheat and the guidance and
end of the Hcg phase is extremely important. It is for these reasons I believe it should be done under guidance of a
physician. Many people who have
significant weight challenges also have health problems, and taking on a 500
calorie diet without supervision is not recommended because of issues that can
arise and the need for expert monitoring in case of any problems.
people who suggest that the diet is simply placebo effect and that it is the
500 calorie a day diet that is producing the weight loss. Unfortunately it is impossible to verify one
way or the other if the effect is due entirely to the Hcg or to the diet. However, many people through time have taken
on strict diets only to gain most or all of the weight back and for the
majority who do the Hcg diet, this is not the case. If a clean, well balanced diet is followed
after finishing the active Hcg portion of the diet, most do not gain any of their
old weight back, which speaks volumes about a significant difference between
this and other low calorie routines. And
regardless, if it were a placebo effect, taking into consideration that it is
extremely successful, most never put the weight back on and that the
recommendations for the long term maintenance include avoidance of bad oils,
sugar, most grains and eating wholesome, organic, home cooked food high in good
quality fats and essential nutrients, who can say it shouldn’t be done.
Americans are extremely obese. As this
trend continues to increase and more and more are falling victim to diabetes,
heart disease, cancer and inflammatory conditions all of which are the direct
result of the growing obesity epidemic, how can any successful option be
ignored? It is imperative the people
regain control over their health, weight and food choices if our health crisis
is ever to be successfully dealt with. Check with a physician who specializes in Hcg before starting any
program and do not do a program like this without monitoring as it can be
dangerous, have other consequences or even just for the fact that you deserve
to succeed and partnering with someone who can help you succeed is an excellent
way to achieve success!
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