With the numerous weight loss plans out there, it’s only natural for anyone to get a bit confused when it comes to their various principles. Of course, not all of these plans are created equally. One of the more popular is the HCG diet. Created by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, it is a program that overcomes the body’s natural resistance to losing weight. It does this by using a hormone released during pregnancy known as Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. Using an external injection of this hormone and pairing it with a strict, low calorie meal plan, people have had success in losing weight very quickly. Here are three common questions about the program.
Can’t I just reduce calories without the hormone?
Of course, nothing stops anyone from reducing calories which, after all, at the heart of any weight loss plan that works. But there are reasons why the founder of the HCG diet doesn’t see it as being as successful as using a low calorie plan in conjunction with the hormone. One reason for this is that your body will immediately begin eating away at muscle when following a typical low calorie plan. Yes, you’ll lose weight, but it won’t be in the kind of ratio that leads to an attractive or healthy physique. With the hormone, the body pulls more fat into the weight loss, tipping the ratio back in your favor.
How hungry will I be?
One of the biggest downfalls of many weight loss plans is that your willpower can only overcome so much. You can force yourself off the couch and into the gym. You can turn down those cakes and cookies you’ve been craving. But you can only deny your hunger for so long. On a typical ultra-low calorie plan, that length of time may be short indeed. On the HCG diet, many people report not feeling much hunger while going through the program. This is remarkable, considering how low calories are dropped on the plan.
Is exercise necessary on the plan?
The creator of the HCG diet has been adamant about not requiring any exercise while following the plan. In fact, rigorous exercise is discouraged for the simple fact that most people will find themselves far too exhausted when they attempt that level of physical activity. 500 calories a day isn’t much to go on, even if your body is turning to stored fat for fuel. Moderate exercise is, of course, always recommended, if for nothing more than the health benefits beyond weight loss.