What is HCG?
HCG stands for human chronic gonadotropin and it is a hormone, which is present in pregnant women during early pregnancy. Its main function in pregnancy is to inform the body that it is pregnant and to maintain the production of estrogen and progesterone for the healthy development of the embryo and fetus.
Now, how does this have anything to do with weight loss? The HCG diet is an extreme diet that claims to help you lose up to 1 -2 pounds per day by combining two components:
• An extremely low-calorie diet of 500 calories per day.
• Administering of the HCG hormone via injections or homeopathic drops.
It is important to note that the homeopathic HCG diet is not approved by the FDA and is considered illegal, fraudulent and dangerous.
Does HCG help you lose weight?
The near starvation proponent of the HCG diet makes it automatically lead to weight loss. Think about it, even if you are not using HCG and you put yourself through an extremely low-calorie diet, you are going to burn something.
Your body is not going to burn the fat; it’s simply going to break down protein and muscle. It’s much easier to convert muscle and protein into sugar than it is fat, making it easier for your body to go after muscle instead of the fat. Besides, most of the weight that comes off is water weight.
So what does the HCG component actually do? The HCG component helps you with appetite control making it possible for you to lose significant weight on a restricted caloric diet. From experience, our clients who initially tried the HCG diet actually gained more weight after completing the diet. It is not sustainable and he does not recommend it to anyone.
The smart way to approach weight loss as followed by the Spokane Weight Loss program is to identify the root cause of why you are having problems with weight loss. In many cases, making changes to what you’re eating goes a long way to helping you lose weight, however, it is important to note that in other cases as observed by individuals are still struggling with weight loss despite healthy eating habits and exercise habits.
How can you lose weight effectively?
So, for individuals struggling with weight loss despite eating healthy and exercising, an option to look at is what describes as hormone resistance. This basically means that your body has become resistant to those hormones that you’re naturally producing.
This is why it becomes important to identify the underlying cause of why this is happening. Typically the cause of hormone resistance is cellular inflammation whereby the receptors on your cells become insensitive to the naturally produced hormones in your body that regulate metabolism. There are a whole host of hormones involved. To name a few, hormones such as Ghrelin, Leptin, Adiponectin, T3, Cortisol. Instead of manipulating hormones, suggests it’s best to reduce cell inflammation and increase hormone sensitivity naturally, allowing the cells to hear the hormones that drive a healthy metabolism. So, get into a plan that fixes this issue and helps you lose weight optimally and in a sustainable manner and to keep it off permanently.