What is a HCG diet and how does it work?

Most of you would have probably heard of the HCG shot and the HCG diet, but may not be sure what it’s all about. The diet involves the injection of the HCG hormone, which is produced in significant amounts by pregnant women. But what exactly is a HCG diet and how does it work? Let’s take a look at the basic facts.

HCG Diet Basics

HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is central to the success of the HCG diet.  HCG differs significantly from other diets, because of how it causes the body to lose weight. It stimulates the metabolism in a unique way, resulting in fat loss without loss of muscle mass.

HCG is a medically supervised diet that can be modified to fit age, gender, and weight loss goals. In addition to regular injections of HCG, patients are also provided with a healthy eating plan consisting of nutrient rich foods that drive weight loss.

People on the diet normally experience dramatic weight loss, up to 1 pound a day in some instances.

How a HCG Diet Works

HCG affects the body in several ways. Most importantly, it suppresses the appetite, so you end up eating less without feeling food deprived. The hormone also helps to reset the body’s hormone levels. Consequently, the body builds rather than breaks down muscle, so patients lose fat but retain muscle.  The additional muscle strengthens the metabolism, making it easier to maintain the desired weight after the diet is complete.

If you are interested in learning more about the HCG diet, contact Cobb Wellness and Aesthetics, Roswell, GA. Call (770) 649-0094 today and schedule an appointment with Linda Kelley, MD. Dr. Kelley will explain how the HCG diet can help you shed those unwanted pounds.

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