Many people have achieved great weight loss results following Dr. Simeons” hCG Diet Protocol. People have reported weight loss in the area of one to two pounds daily, but the biggest controversy surrounding the diet is the restrictive calorie intake of just 500 calories a day. Many say that this is starvation and is dangerous to the organs. In most cases I would agree with this, however, lets take a look at what makes the hCG Diet Protocol different than a other diet plan.
The hCG hormone reacts with the body by helping it to release stored fat deposits to burn as calories. Since this extra fat is circulating through the body, you do not have the hunger pains normally associated with eating the reduced calorie amounts.This makes since to me because if you were eating the reduced amount of calories for any length of time your body would stop burning the calories and stored them instead. In starvation mode, you would gain weight instead of losing it.
The second concern that we face is the question about hCG diet plan being to dangerous? Yes it would be if you were to stay on it too long. Dr. Simeons’ starts the hCG diet with what he calls two gorge or load days. During the first two days of the diet, you are to eat lots of fatty foods in order to build up a reserve of fat to protect the organs from any damage. It is important not to skip this part of the diet. Some people skip it because they are worried about a temporary weight increase. Normally, the extra couple of pounds is lost during the first couple of days of the restricted hCG diet phase 2. Also, you can only be on the hCG low calories part of the diet for a maximum of 42 days. Most people do it for three weeks. If you were to exceed that time limit, you could face health issues down the road from the low calorie intake. If at the end of the 6 weeks you find yourself still not at your total weight loss goal, then you can just follow the maintenance part of the hCG diet know as phase 3 for six weeks and then start the whole diet process over again.
The hCG diet is safe to try as long as you stick strictly to the hCG Diet Protocol that was develop by Dr. Simoens’. Otherwise, doing a 500 calorie diet would put you into starvation mode and can lead to organ damage. As always, it is the best practice to check with a doctor first before starting any new diet plan.