A lot of people turn to the hCG diet because they claim that they’ve lost a lot of fat with it. Technically, they are correct. Sadly, there are negative consequences to this form of diet, and I will tell you why.
But before all of that, you need to know what hCG dieting entails. hCG dieting is a form of dieting that requires you to eat no more than 500 calories a day and each day ,you need to inject yourself with hCG (otherwise known as human chorionic gonadotropin).
Now, most supplements or medications promise you some of these things: the power to suppress appetite, signaling to your brain that your body is satiated, helps block fat absorption. hCG advocates say that you will lose significant amounts of fat and that you will not lose muscle mass while you’re on the hCG.
But, hCG critics caution public about these bogus claims. First, just look at the meal plan. The hCG requires you to eat no more than 500-calories a day for close to 2 months. That means that you only have to eat so little per day. And for a lot of people, that is quite a restriction that is nearly impossible to achieve.
Furthermore, each day while you’re on the diet, you are required to inject yourself with the hormone. Each shot is not cheap; we’re talking about a lot of money here. Some people who have tried it say that it can cost up to $10,000 for the full 46-days.That also depends on where you buy your injections because of the physician’s rate and other factors.
If that is not enough to put you off the diet, here are some more information that hCG advocates don’t want you to know about. You see, if you severely restrict your calorie intake for long periods of time, most of the weight you will lose is just water weight, and not actual fat.
That is because glycogen, a molecule that is responsible for giving us energy, requires water for storage. We get glycogen from carbohydrates, and if you eat only 500-calories per day, that means that we only get so little carbohydrates in a day.
Since we only have so much glycogen because of the low-carb diet, water is not needed anymore. Thus, the illusion that you’ve lost so much weight. But in reality, these are just unused water, and not actual fat, the one thing you want to get out of your body.
Another thing that will put you off of this diet fad is that you will lose more muscle when you are on it. If you can remember your biology class, muscle can help people burn more fat.
What hCG dieting entails is that since you will be eating very few calories, it induces massive muscle loss.
And lastly, since you only have so many calories per day, you are not allowed to exercise. That is because you will not have the energy to do so.
So, are you convinced not to take the hCG diet?