Is the HCG Diet Safe?


Is the HCG Diet Safe?

Wondering whether you should try the HCG diet? Losing weight is not an easy task, making it so many people ask a general practitioner to help them. Before choosing this diet to lose weight, it is first necessary to understand what it involves. 

About the HCG diet 

Looking into your non-surgical weight loss options? The HCG diet may be a good diet plan for those who need to lose weight and have tried many other options and so far have not experienced the success they are looking for. As people who are overweight already know, it can be very difficult to lose extra pounds. This makes it a good idea for many people who are overweight to be under the supervision of a medical professional when losing weight. General practitioners are one of the more common types of medical professionals who can help weight loss patients. 

The HCG diet is a medically supervised weight loss option. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a hormone that is present in the early stages of a woman’s pregnancy. This hormone is injected into one’s body in small doses with the goal of helping patients lose weight. It is also necessary for those who want to follow this particular diet plan to abide by a custom-made diet plan, which will restrict their calorie intake to about 500 calories per day. 

The HCG diet is divided into three different phases: the loading phase, the weight loss phase, and the maintenance phase. The loading phase requires patients to get their body ready to follow the plan and requires them to begin undergoing HCG injections while eating a diet high in fat and high in calories for two days. During the weight loss phase, patients must continue their HCG hormone treatment while at the same time consuming a restricted number of calories every day, e.g., 500, 800. The maintenance phase begins once a patient loses a certain amount of weight, requiring them to gradually discontinue undergoing HCG treatment while slowly upping the number of calories they consume every day. 

The safety of choosing this weight loss option 

When it comes to the safety of the HCG diet plan, while the FDA has approved HCG treatment for helping women who are experiencing fertility issues, the FDA has not yet approved HCG treatment as a weight-loss option. One of the reasons why the FDA has not yet approved this weight loss option is because of the potential side effects, e.g., mood changes, blood clots. 

Another reason why the FDA has not yet approved this diet plan is that it requires patients to follow a restricted calorie intake, which can potentially cause certain types of side effects, e.g., low mood, gallstones. While the approved foods and the foods to avoid when choosing to follow the HCG diet are all considered to be acceptable, it is the amount of food that the diet allows patients to eat that the FDA does not currently agree with. 

The bottom line 

Anytime someone needs to lose weight, it can be very difficult for them to do so. This is why so many people who need to lose their extra pounds will look into different types of diets in order to lose weight. The HCG diet is one that uses a specific hormone to help people lose weight, as well as requires them to follow a strict diet plan. Any questions? Contact us today.

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