There have been many recent headlines highlighting a brand new, wonder working diet. All that is required for this diet to have truly amazing effects is for you to take a few drops of a specific liquid.
The skeptical among us might be rolling our eyes already; if you are a seasoned dieter then, no doubt, you have heard it all before. However, with these particular drops there also appears to be a stack of evidence showing that they do in fact work – so perhaps they are worth a second look.
What Are HCG drops, Exactly?
These diet drops are referred to as HCG – which stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – yes you read right ‘Human.’ Don’t panic, it’s just a hormone produced in pregnancy that turns mom’s excess fat into fuel for the growing baby if she’s not getting enough nutrition.
HCG makes a substantial change from the usual miracle weight loss methods. Using HCG diet drops to lose weight has been around since the 1950s – only then it was an injection. The drops version became available in 2000. Since then the diet has continued to grow in popularity, becoming one of the most popular diets in the U.S.
But what is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin?
The role of HCG in pregnancy is to feed and protect the fetus, one of the ways it does this is by switching mom’s fat reserves into nutrition for the placenta to use in its’ role to nourish the fetus. HCG also works through the hypothalamus during pregnancy in order to control the metabolism.
Research appears to show that taking HGC while, at the same time, following a low calorie diet leads to a greater than expected weight loss. It is thought that the HCG can cause the hypothalamus to reduce surplus body fat by between 2000 and 4000 calories a day. Because there is no fetus to nourish this excess fat is eliminated, the increase in the metabolic rate of the dieter caused by the HCG drops will also increase the weight loss rate.
Is It Really As Simple As Taking The Drops?
Well, not quite. Taking the drops is important, but so is following a low calorie diet. In fact for those of us who are chronic over eaters, the diet plan, which is recommended to be followed alongside the HCG drops, is an excellent one since it outlines exactly what is to be eaten and what is not. The diet phase lasts for between 3 and 8 weeks, and is then followed by a maintenance phase of at least 6 weeks.
In the diet phase, dieters are recommended to reduce their calorie intake to no more than 500 calories a day while taking the drops, which will then burn your excess fat to be used as energy. Without the drops, the body will merely go into starvation mode. Because of the way the HGC diet drops work, when you begin to eat normally you won’t put all the weight you have lost straight back on, as is so often the case with very low calorie diets.
What Kind Of Results Can Be Expected On The HCG Diet Drops?
By following the recommended diet plan as well as taking the HCG diet drops you should see dramatic results fairly quickly.
- You will find you are losing weight on an almost daily basis, even without exercise
- You will feel satisfied and full – not grumpy and starving
- HCG causes the hypothalamus to effectively re-set your metabolism which will help in continuing weight loss
Because you will lose fat from those hard to deal with areas – stomach, upper arms etc. you will find that you will be able to achieve a more toned and sculpted body shape.
What is the Rate of Weight Loss?
The short answer to this question– rapid but safe! For those who diligently follow the plan the weight loss speed is quite remarkable. Even taking into account variations from person to person, weight loss in the first week is usually between 2 and 4 pounds every day. This will even out to around ½ pound each day as you progress through the diet stages.
An added benefit of this rapid weight loss is that it helps keep you motivated. Seeing that you have lost a little more each time you get on the scales is really encouraging and will help you to stay on the diet.
Certainly this diet seems to be one that really works for many people; it has the research to back it up and could be seem to be too good to be true. There is however, a key factor in its success – there is a plan, and those who follow the plan see astonishing results.
Before starting this diet it would be a good idea to study the plan so that you are fully aware of what each day will bring. This will include phases where you load up on fatty foods and stages where you maintain a low calorie diet with specific fruits and vegetables.
If you choose to follow this diet and want to buy the HCG drops, it is imperative that you choose a reputable company with a certified professional staff who will offer you the support you need before you start your diet. While you are following the diet and afterwards, always check out the credentials of any company you are thinking of buying from – you could avoid a lot of heartache and financial loss for yourself.