How would you like to lose 20 pounds in under 30 days? You may be thinking that is impossible, but it may be possible with the HCG diet drops. A doctor by the name of A.T.W Simeons introduced the diet in his 1954 book “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity”. HCG is a hormone found in the urine of pregnant women. Based on Simeons’ research, he concluded the hormone combined with a low-calorie diet is effective for weight loss. Since these findings, more people are using the HCG drops to lose weight. HCG diet drops have also sparked controversy about their effectiveness. The truth is, some dieters have really benefited from them. At the same time, saying the drops are the ultimate weight loss solution would be inappropriate. It is difficult to make a decision on effectiveness since everyone has different results with them.
The purpose of the drops is to manage the hypothalamus, or the part of the brain that controls hunger. They are prescribed along with a diet plan that comes in phases. The first part of the diet is called the loading phase. For two days, you will take the drops with a high-calorie diet. This helps your body become accustomed to the drops and helps build fat reserves. Do not be concerned about gaining weight because you will lose it quickly.
During the second phase, which starts on day three, you follow a strict diet of 500 calories per day. The second phase commonly lasts for three weeks. You can only eat the permitted foods listed in the book “Pounds and Inches”. It is common to feel hungry, but the feeling will pass once your body adjusts. You will stop using the drops during the last week of Phase II. Phase III of the diet helps to restore metabolism. You will proceed to eat 500 calories for three days, so the body can rid itself of HCG. Healthy fats are gradually reintroduced in the diet. Phase IV is a maintenance program. You are allowed to add some sugars and starch in moderation.
The HCG drops are not for everyone. As with any diet, there are pros and cons. Never start any diet without the advice of a physician.