Human chorionic gonadotropin or (HCG)—What is it and does it work?
My mother just raved about how great the HCG diet program is and how it resets your metabolism and helps you lose weight quickly and effectively. So I gave it a try. The first week at age 42yrs I lost 8 lbs. I was excited but let me tell you this was not easy. I am use to eating my three meals a day and a couple of small snacks. They cut your calories down to a whopping 550 calories a day. They give you this cook book and tell you how great it is to have lettuce tacos and all the fantastic recipes. I even took a prescription diet pill along with the program to curb my appetite and I am not the type of person that can subsist on 550 calories a day. Appetite suppressant or not. The HCG substance is the hormone present in your body while you are pregnant. It an actually causes you to burn up to 2,500 more calories per day. This is a fact, it is true but losing weight that fast might also cause you to binge eat and put it on even quicker. You have to learn to give yourself shots. I didn’t really mind this but it didn’t work well for me while traveling. The shots must be refrigerated and I just didn’t always have access to a refriderator.
In the end I learned more about myself. I need to come to terms with my hunger, exercise every day, drink water and cut calories. There is no quick fix or easy way out for me. The HCG program was just too stringent for me to stick to. Lastly, no one knows the long term effects of injecting yourself with a hormone, natural or not. No one really knows the consequences. So for me I am going to lay off the fad diets and keep working hard to achieve my goals.