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