In order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. As such, most diet programs out there require that you eat a lower amount of calories and incorporate vigorous exercise in order to ensure that this effect is taking place. Low calorie diets run the gamut from slightly lower than your typical caloric intake to much, much lower. The HCG diet, for example, requires that you eat a maximum of 500 calories a day in order to lose weight. Normally, this would be an extremely low and dangerous diet, however the very short duration of this 500 calorie diet, along with the addition of HCG hormone supplements makes it easier and much more manageable.
HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, works on the hypothalamus to release stores of body fat into the bloodstream. These stores of fat are then burned as energy by the body. The 500 calorie diet ensures that the majority of your energy each day comes from the burning of these fat stores, and not the food that you eat. Because of this, people have reported quite significant weight loss results, ranging anywhere from .5lbs to 2lbs a day. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you won’t find any other diet on the market today that offers those kind of results.
The HCG diet is broken down into 3 phases: loading, weight loss and stabilization. Phase 2, the weight loss phase, is the part of the diet where you eat only 500 calories a day. Phase 2 lasts only about 3-4 weeks, and is quite doable. The fact that HCG releases fat into the bloodstream helps ensure that you will not be lacking in the energy department even though you’re eating much less. The calories are still there, to be turned into energy, it’s just that they come from stores of fat as opposed to the food you’re eating during your meals. Typically, this effect comes during long bouts of strenuous exercise, and because it isn’t really possible to exercise that hard for the majority of your day, diet programs that include this rout offer less dramatic results.
Speaking of exercising, none is required on the HCG diet. As a matter of fact, it’s advised against exercising during phase 2 especially. Exercise, like everything else, requires energy. Your body already burns a pretty sizable amount of energy just by existing, let alone when it’s engaged in vigorous exercise. Exercising at this point can result in HCG side effects.
You may want to begin exercise during phase 3 to help maintain your body weight, and especially afterward. You don’t want to lose any weight during phase 3, so moderate exercise a few times a week should be all that is required in order to stabilize your weight.
For some people, phase 2 is extremely difficult. If you find yourself in this situation, there is an alternate version of the HCG diet that includes an 800 calorie a day limit as opposed to 500. Since the daily caloric limit is greater, weight loss results may be less, but not by too much. You’ll probably find that completing the 800 calorie HCG diet and experiencing less weight loss is preferable than not completing the 500 calorie version, and losing no weight at all. You can always add in a bit of exercise while you’re on the 800 calorie a day diet if you’re really worried about maximizing your weight loss results.