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HCG and HCG diet

HCG

HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone that which is seen in very high levels in early pregnancy. It is used as a marker in home pregnancy tests. It is a hormone that is used for trade fertility issues in men and women.

HCG was proposed as a weight loss tool in 1954 by a British doctor known as Albert Simeons. He prescribed a diet which had to main components-

  • an ultra-low-calorie diet that includes only 500 cal per day
  • the HCG hormone injected into the body of the person

Different types of HCG products are available in the market in different forms. You will find oral drops, sprays, pallets and other forms of ECG. Besides being available in the retail stores, they are also available online in different websites.

How does HCG WORK?

HCG is a protein-based hormone. HCG is important in maintaining the production of important hormones like progesterone and oestrogen. These hormones are important for the development of embryo and fetus.

It is available in high quantities during the first three months of pregnancy.

HCG and weight loss

According to the proponents of the HCG diet, it can boost metabolism and help people lose a large amount of fat. All this can happen without the person feeling hungry.

People often achieve weight loss with this method because of the ultra-low-calorie diet. It is such a diet that you will always have a calorie deficit and debt deficit will help you to lose weight.

HCG approved food list

for protein, you can use some of the mentioned protein sources. You need 200 g of protein per day but you need just 100 g per meal. Some of the protein sources which are approved-

  • Whitefish
  • Lobster
  • Stream
  • Crab
  • Extra lean beef
  • Three egg whites
  • Buffalo
  • Scallops
  • Chicken

HCG approved vegetables

There are vegetables which are approved for the HCG diet. If you know about them, it’ll be easier for you to choose the right vegetables for your means. Choose wisely so that you have lots of varieties in your food otherwise it’ll be very difficult for you to continue the HCG diet. Make your diet more interesting for yourself by including vegetables from the list below-

  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel
  • Onions
  • Chard
  • Green salad
  • Beet Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage
  • Mixed  gcreens
  • Shallots
  • Red radishes
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli

HCG approved fruits

Some of the fruits that you like might contain lots of sugar and you will need to avoid those fruits. There are certain fruits which are approved by the HCG diet list. Stick to these fruits because you want to get the best results from your HCG diet. The list of HCG approved fruits –

  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Blueberries
  • Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Respberries

Even if you want to include some starches in different food forms, the HCG diet protocol is very limiting and it may not allow such starches. You may miss those foods which you earlier liked but you will not miss the weight you will lose because of the HCG diet protocol. And it is a strict protocol and that’s why it gets you results. There are rules for everything that you eat throughout the day. This diet will make you very much aware of everything you eat.

There is another list of approved items which you can eat. This list includes

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Mustard powder
  • Stevia
  • Salt, paper or any other natural spices
  • Herbal tea
  • Amino acids
  • Coffee

References

1. The Hcg Diet Recipe Handbook – 200+ Hcg Phase Recipes
2. HCG Diet Products Are Illegal
3. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) in the Treatment of Obesity