Losing weight is one of the most frustrating, time-consuming, tedious experiences we will ever go through. Obesity levels are at record-breaking highs right now, and our health is suffering physically. Not only that, but weight issues can also severely affect our psychological health as well. Manifesting itself in the form of eating disorders, anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, low self-esteem and more, weight-related mental health issues are also a very real problem. Lately, more and more people are trying out the HCG diet, and are enjoying amazing results from it. But do you know all there is to know about the HCG diet? Probably not. Here’s a look at a few interesting facts.

The diet protocol is nothing new

When it comes to the HCG diet, people seem to be working under the assumption that it’s a new, slightly innovative, fad diet like so many others currently on the scene. The reality is that they couldn’t be further from the truth. The HCG diet has been on the scene decades, thanks to a physician born in Britain known as Dr Simeons.

Simeons took inspiration from Africa

In the 1950s, Simeons released a diet book entitled ‘pounds and inches’. In the book, he first mentioned HCG, as a result of taking inspiration from Africa. Simeons detailed the fact that, despite living in famine, pregnant African women were giving birth to very healthy babies, and they themselves were also healthy. This was despite the fact that they were eating very little, and had very little diversity in their diets.

HCG is a pregnancy hormone

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, and it is primarily a pregnancy hormone. The idea is that, during pregnancy, the hormone helps women to better-utilize the calories they consume, so as to nourish the baby they are carrying, as well as their own bodies. it resets your metabolism and basically allows you to get more from less. Despite proving so effective in pregnant women, men and women alike, can also benefit from HCG treatments when trying to lose weight.

HCG can be used in a number of ways

The most common way of administering HCG is to do so via an injection. Some people however, are not fond of needles, and so they may prefer to receive HCG drops, or to simply receive it in the form of an oral spray.

HCG diets are super-low-calorie diets

This is where the controversy comes in. You see, its proven that creating a caloric deficit will result in weight loss, so if the diet is low-calorie, surely you’ll lose weight without the HCG? Well, you probably would, but not as much, and you would wind up malnourished as the diet is a VERY low-calorie diet. Normally you take in around 500 calories per day on the diet, which for many is even less than one quarter of what they are recommended just for maintenance. HCG however, allows you to better utilize the calories and nutrients from the food you consume, plus it prevents hunger pains and cravings, and speeds up the metabolism.