The HCG diet has been around for decades, and there are several different variations out there. Losing weight can be tough, and some people have a more difficult time than others. When deciding which version of the HCG diet you want to follow, it’s important to note exactly what kind of weight loss you want to achieve. Some versions are designed to allow you to lose more or less weight, depending on their duration, as well as the size and type of the diet. To get the same results that most people have benefited from, it might be wise to follow the original HCG diet as opposed to one of the alterations.
Before you begin, you will probably want some HCG diet information. A good place to start is the book Pounds & Inches by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, the British researcher who first discovered the link between HCG and weight loss. Pounds & Inches details Dr. Simeons HCG diet in detail, and gives you a step by step process to follow in order to lose weight. There are other HCG diet books out there, and many of them are quite good, but the one written by Dr. Simeons is the original HCG diet and credited by many to be extremely effective.
The protocol is dived into 3 phases, and calls for HCG injections to be taken each day during phases 1 and 2. Phase 1 lasts for two days and dieters should try and eat as many high-fat foods as possible. During phase 2, a 500 calorie a day diet must be strictly adhered to, eating only foods that are clearly allowed on Dr. Simeons’ list of approved foods. Phase 2 lasts about 3 – 4 weeks. Phase 3 is 3 weeks long and is a period in which HCG injections are not taken and caloric intake is increased. This is the stabilization phase and is designed to get your diet back to normal, while getting your body used to the rapid weight loss experienced during phase 2. Phase 3 might seem easy, and for many people it is, however it is the most important phase of the diet in that it is the period of time in which you train your body to keep the weight off. Failing to remain faithful do the diet protocol during phase 3 can very easily lead to regaining the weight that was lost.
After phase 3, it is recommended that you continue to eat a healthy, nutritious diet and participate in an exercise program in order to maintain a healthy body weight. The results of the HCG diet are quite significant, with people reporting losses of anywhere from .5-2lbs a day. Should you decide to try the diet for yourself, talk to your doctor first. It’s always best to speak with your doctor before beginning any diet and exercise program. He or she can prescribe the HCG hormone shots necessary for the weight loss, as well as provide you with helpful hints and tips to assist you along the way. If you want even more information on the HCG diet, jump online and speak directly to other dieters via HCG diet forums. They, too can help guide you down the road to rapid weight loss through their experiences on the diet.