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HCG Diet vs Fad Diets

HCG Diet vs Fad Diets

Throughout the years, diets and health trends have come and gone. Perhaps you used to follow the fads, buying the Richards Simmons workout video and ordering your food through the mail. If they haven’t worked for you, the good news is you are not alone. There are many people who struggle to control their weight or lose the extra pounds that are dragging them down.

Dealing with a weight struggle can impact your mental and physical health, and sometimes the treatment plan needs to address both of these areas to be effective. At Nu Image Medical, an innovated diet program is tailored to your specific needs. It isn’t about what everyone else is doing. The focus is on living your best life and bringing out the potential for the healthiest you can be. If you want to know how this stacks up against some of the other weight loss options, keep reading.

Using Natural Body Elements

The HCG diet was created by Dr. Albert Simeons, a world-renowned endocrinologist who also researched tropical diseases. While working in India with pregnant women who were malnourished, Dr. Simeon found that the hCG hormone released during pregnancy created nutrition for the unborn child even though the mothers were on a low-calorie diet. Tapping into this need for nutrition while on a restricted intake, the hCG hormone relies on stored fat as the needed sourced for energy for the females. In addition injections of the hormone, this diet also usually required individuals to severely reduce caloric intake, limiting patients to around 500 calories per day.

As a weight-loss tool, the HCG hormone can help boost metabolism so that your body helps you use up the stored fat of your body. However, it does this without creating feelings of hunger. This works in tandem with the ultra-low-calorie diet. For many, this diet has been providing results that their ups and downs with fads and supplements were not able to deliver.

Fad Diets

There are a lot of diets that claim to reduce weight drastically and provide you with a healthy body, but these crazes can be about as lasting as a new pop star or iPhone update. Most of the time, fad diets are all but cutting certain foods or food groups, some of which may even contain vital nutrients. They range from all protein to zero carbs, to juicing, to strictly eating grapefruit. Because of the extremes these diets often require, there is a high probability that your body isn’t receiving the nutrition it needs to actually be healthy. Some carbohydrates are good for the body, just as some fat is good for the body. However, the tendency is for the body to alter its processing and metabolism to the type of intake. When this happens, the weight may plateau at a certain point or the results are lost when the diet is altered. The best options for success including improving your activity level and altering how you eat. Here is quick break down of the fad diets that have been popular in recent years.

1. Paleo Diet

This diet is considered a fad because it restricts a lot of foods, even some that contain vital nutrients for a healthy body. This plan restricts dieters from consuming grains, legumes, and dairy. It encourages people to eat high quantities of meats, eggs and plant-based foods.

2. Keto Diet

The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate, and moderate protein diet. It encourages the production of ketones, which become an alternative fuel source when blood sugar is low. The ketones come from fat found in the liver. Dieters who follow this plan are turning it into more of a lifestyle since the weight will climb if strict intake isn’t followed.

3. Starvation Diet

The starvation diet is exactly what it sounds like. The food intake is reduced so severely, it’s almost as if the body is starving. While logic makes it seem that reduced calories would equal weight loss, this diet can actually create problems trying to achieve your weight goal. If you aren’t eating enough, you can slow your body’s metabolism down too much. Beyond that, if your body senses starvation, it will actually work to conserve and store fuel, burning fewer calories in the process. In truth, staying fed actually equates to more weight loss.


Fad diets will always bring bright hopes of weight loss for eager dieters but only result in disappointment and frustration. Only a real change in eating, exercise, and the right supplements will provide consistent results.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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