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Does the HCG Diet Work Without the 500 calorie Diet?

Does the HCG Diet Work Without the 500 calorie Diet?

Many people often wonder, "Does the HCG diet work without the 500 calorie diet?" There are numerous diet variations circulating today that vary from the original HCG diet plan developed by British physician A.T.W. Simeons in the 1950s. These changes and variations, unfortunately, tend to cause a lot of confusion and diet skepticism. There are really two ways to look at the previous question.  First and foremost, will the HCG diet work with another calorie amount other than the 500 calorie? And secondly, does the HCG itself help you lose weight?

Through the years Dr. Simeon's original HCG diet protocol has been changed, revised, etc. to meet the needs of certain individuals and clinics. Understanding the reasoning behind Dr. Simeon's 500- calorie recommendation is of the utmost importance so that maximum results are obtained with minimal hunger and fatigue. Unfortunately, because of the wavering diet calorie amounts and food lists, many HCG diet hopefuls have seen decreased success, if any at all, with the program or perhaps just gave up because they were too hungry, tired, etc. According to Dr. Simeon's, following his protocol exactly is the only way to achieve lasting success on the HCG diet. HCG, also known as human chorionic gonadotropin, is the hormone that multiplies during pregnancy to ensure that a fetus receives proper nourishment if the mother could not provide adequate calories. The HCG present, allows the mother's deep fat stores to be used by the baby. Much in the same way, HCG taken to lose weight, will only be effective if the dieter stays within a calorie depleted state. If the dieter consumes too many calories while taking HCG, there is no need for the body to burn those deep fat stores for energy, and the dieter will not lose weight and could possibly even gain some. Utilizing fat for energy is also called ketosis, which is a natural appetite suppressant.  HCG dieters who follow the diet, remain in a state of ketosis and for this reason, do not typically struggle with hunger. The food list given by Dr. Simeons is also a guide to help dieters remain in ketosis and hunger free while optimizing fat loss potential. Adhering fully to Dr. Simeon's original 500 calorie protocol is crucial to see weight loss and fight hunger. Taking HCG alone without following a diet plan is not effective for weight loss, and could result in weight gain. Nu Image Medical provides the most comprehensive HCG diet information while staying true to Dr. Simeon's original protocol, as it is the only HCG diet protocol that has been proven to work.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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