The biggest question on people’s minds when they’re considering the HCG diet method of weight loss is “Does it work?” The answer is yes, it does work, but you do have to be careful. There are HCG diet scams out there.
The easiest indicator of scam or scam-free is price. HCG is a hormone produced in humans and therefore is not cheap to produce. So, it’s not going to be cheap for you, the consumer, to buy. Scammers can mark up the price of their junky products too though, so price should not be the only indicator you use to determine quality.
Look for products made in the US or another country with trusted pharmaceutical regulations (like Canada maybe). As for myself, I would stick to the US-produced stuff—not out of ethnocentricity—just because it’s harder to determine what you’re really getting when HCG products come from a different country. Inferior HCG products can result in HCG side effects.
How the HCG diet works can be explained through this simple formula: You eat a lot less calories and your body burns up your fat stores to make up for it. One thing people aren’t often aware of is that calories equal pounds. In order to lose pounds you must lose calories; either by not eating them or exercising them away.
The HCG diet can help you with your initial weight loss but it’s up to you to maintain those losses.
A good thing to remember after completing the diet is that to maintain your weight you must eat the same amount of calories that you burn. For example, the recommended daily caloric intake for a not-so-active man is 2,000. If you’re a woman of slight build who is also fairly sedentary, you may want to keep your daily caloric intake to around 1,500.
It’s good to consult with a doctor or dietician to really get a handle on how many calories you need to stay healthy and where they should come from, but you can also learn to listen to your body to keep yourself in check.
One rule I keep for myself is to only eat when I actually feel hungry. Interestingly enough, eating to hunger and drinking to thirst have been shown to work very well for keeping us humans healthy.
If it’s snack time and I’m feeling pretty full, I don’t eat until I feel like I actually need a snack. However, it’s not good to wait until you are starving because then you might eat more than you actually need to, in order to feel satisfied. That’s one of the reasons many nutritionists and fitness experts recommend eating five to six small meals a day.
The HCG diet can help you get used to eating smaller meals than you are might currently be used to. After a few days of eating smaller portions your stomach actually shrinks a little. This makes you feel full sooner—meaning you eat less but still feel satisfied.
If you can stick with eating small meals even after you complete the diet, it will be easier to maintain your weight loss. Obviously, you don’t want to be as restrictive with your calories as you were on the diet because it’s too low-calorie for your body to sustain for a very long time. In fact, you are only supposed to do the diet phase of the HCG diet for 40 days.