Your Definitive Guide to HCG Diets

Looking to lose weight? Great, there’s almost certainly a diet for that. The problem with all of these diets currently doing the rounds is knowing which work, which are safe, and which are just complete nonsense. Just remember that there was once a beer diet out there, which encouraged people to drink beer in order to lose weight and be healthier.

One diet however, that has withstood the test of time and which happens to have numerous clinical studies to back up its claims, is the HCG diet. HCG diets are growing in popularity amongst people looking to banish their stubborn body fat for good. But what are these diets, how do they work, and are they really as great as people believe? Let’s find out, shall we?

What is the HCG diet?

The HCG diet, or the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin diet, is one which can be traced back to the 1950s. Back in 1954, British Physician A. Simeons began research into HCG and its effects on the body. He found evidence to suggest that expecting mothers who didn’t happen to quite consume enough calories to sustain themselves and their growing babies inside them, showed an incredible ability to tap into their own fat reserves and use this fat to nourish the baby instead. He theorized that this was due to a hormone present on pregnant women in high doses known as HCG. More research was done and eventually a three-phase diet plan was created. After receiving HCG injections, followers of the diet would follow three phases. The first phase was a loading phase to consume more calories than usual. The second phase was very low-calorie phase consisting of just 500 calories in most people’s cases. The final phase was a maintenance phase. The diet proved to be extremely effective.

HCG diet foods

As the calorie intake on this diet is so low, fat intakes are limited because fat contains more than twice as many calories per gram than the other two macros. However, a little fat is still essential. Common HCG diet-friendly foods include:

• Low fructose fruits
• Non-starchy vegetables
• Lean meats such as skinless chicken, turkey, ground beef etc
• Healthy fats such as salmon, avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut oil
• Some starchy vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes
• Sugar-free beverages, though water is always recommended

Why follow the HCG diet?

Before we wrap things up we’ll finish up by listing a few of the main benefits of following the HCG diet. These include, but are not limited to:

• More energy
• Less hunger
• Effective weight loss
• Easy to follow
• Safe and natural
• Clinical research to back up its claims
• Easy to incorporate into everyday life

3 Popular Diet Plans to Consider

When people hear the word ‘diet’ they instantly think of fad diets requiring people to eat bland and tasteless food and constantly be hungry. In reality however, there are a number of popular diet plans which have proved to be hugely popular and effective. HCG diets and injections for example, are growing in popularity every single week, and that’s before we’ve even scratched the surface. Whether you want to burn fat, build muscle, tone up a bit, or simply improve your health and well-being, there’s almost certainly a diet plan out there that will work for you. Here are 3 popular diet plans to consider, no matter what your goals and personal circumstances may be.

HCG diets

First on our list is a diet protocol which we touched upon briefly in our intro. Yes, we’re talking about the HCG diet. The idea behind this diet is that an individual will receive HCG injections. HCG is a naturally-occurring hormone that helps prolong satiety and helps the body to utilize calories more effectively. This means that the body is able to function on low caloric intakes and still burn fat and enjoy plenty of energy. Plus, the HCG injections also help to preserve lean muscle tissue. The diet features 3 phases. The first phase requires an individual to consume more calories than usual. The second phase is a very low-calorie phase, and the third phase is a maintenance phase to help the body to acclimatize to eating more calories than in phase 2. People have enjoyed very impressive levels of weight loss on this diet plan.

The paleo diet

 

Next up we have the paleo diet. The paleo diet is sometimes called the ‘caveman diet’. The reason for this is that it requires people to consume the same types of food that their caveman ancestors used to consume back in the Paleolithic era. The idea is that you eat the types of foods that can only be hunted, foraged, or found. You ignore all processed foods as the human race began eating those much later. Paleo diets are generally rich in meat, healthy fats, nuts, seeds, berries, some fruits, and some vegetables. If the food or drink is the result of farming and agriculture in any way, shape, or form, it is ignored. People generally enjoy better digestion, weight loss, and muscle growth and preservation on this diet, while also staying clear of allergies and intolerances.

Keto diets

Ketogenic diets are also relatively new in terms of popularity, especially in the bodybuilding and fitness worlds. Ketogenic diets require individuals to consume foods and drinks that force the body into a state of ketosis. When we deprive the body of sugars and carbohydrates, it panics as these are what it normally uses for energy. After 3 – 5 days of very low carbs, the body will enter ketosis, which then allows it to utilize stored body fat as a source of energy, instead of carbohydrates. Keto diets however, are not the same as Atkins. The Atkins diet is a low carb, moderate fat, high protein diet. Keto diets are high fat, moderate protein, low carb diets. A typical breakfast on keto for example, may include things like smoked salmon, avocado, and scrambled egg.