HCG Diet: Oral vs. Injection

The hCG Diet is known to be an amazing weight loss method that was developed primarily for those who need to lose an abundant amount of weight, or obese individuals. The Diet has a weight loss ratio of approximately 1-2 pounds per day and must be followed strictly for maximum results.

In beginning the diet, dieters or patients are required to take an hCG hormone supplement, combined with a very low calorie diet. The hCG hormone supplement may be found in two forms – oral liquid/capsule or via injections. Choosing the proper method should be researched thoroughly to understand the differences associated with each.

Evidence shows that each method provides outstanding results. Oftentimes, however, the oral version seems to provide more ease and convenience. Alternatively, the injection method is provided by your doctor, so it is administered professionally.

Outlined below are the common known differences between the oral method and injection method:

Cost

The cost of oral hCG drops start from approximately $85 for a complete kit, including protocol.

Injections can cost $700 or more due to doctor’s visits and weekly check-ups.

Prescription

Having the hCG Diet prescribed to the dieter is not necessary when following the oral method. If purchased in the United States, the injection method does require a doctor’s prescription.

Doctor’s Visits

Doctor’s visits are only required for the injection method, as prescription for and the administration of injections are provided by the dieters physician. Oral drops or capsules do not require visits to the doctor.

Pain or Discomfort

There is no pain associated with hCG oral liquid drops. The daily drops are simply taken under the dieters tongue for quick absorption.

The injections require daily needle shots into the muscle for up to 42 days.

Solution

If using the homeopathic solution, the solution comes pre-mixed and ready to use. Injections require self-mixing.

Refrigeration

Oral versions do not require refrigeration. If self-administering injections, solution must be refrigerated and mixed by the dieter.

Each method allows patients to lose 1-2 pounds per day. Due to evidence, it seems the oral method proves to be best, as it is convenient and avoids discomfort, yet still provides outstanding results. To achieve these results, the hCG Diet protocol must be followed strictly and the hormone supplement must be accompanied by a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) of approximately 500 calories per day. This number is an approximation, as the serving amounts of foods are determined by weight of food rather than calorie amounts in food. Food choices are limited to those listed in the protocol and introducing inappropriate foods not outlined could significantly impact weight loss or the opportunity of weight loss. As with any diet, seeking doctor’s advice is strongly encouraged.

 


Is hCG Going to be Banned?

The question arising about the legality of hCG hormone supplementation is ever-increasing as many false claims have come to surface. In theory, the safest method of avoiding this controversy may be to have the diet and prescription of injections, doctor prescribed. This method allows the supplementation of the hormone to be administered by a medical professional, as well as diet monitoring. This may be the most effective in safe, secure and successful weight loss.

However, if you’re on the diet, or have recently determined you will be beginning the diet, it may help to know that the FDA has not banned the supplement. Supplements have never been banned in conjunction with a diet and many of the false theories have been what brought this idea to a head.

The FDA is fighting against manufacturers of hCG homeopathic drops, as their site explains the HCG diet dangers that are ‘possibly’ associated with the supplement. However, it is important to understand that this published article focuses solely on homeopathic drops, mainly due to the invalidated theory that the drops are diluted and contain little-to-no actual hCG hormone. If this, in fact, were the case, hCG could possibly be dangerous simply because of the Very Low Calorie Diet that is required. The hCG is combined with the diet, as one, to help suppress appetite as well as control the ability to only lose fat vs. losing muscle. The Very Low Calorie Diet and hCG work together; weight loss can not be achieved with one without the other. Basically, hCG supports your body while on the restrictive diet.

It’s important to understand that hCG is only produced naturally in a woman’s body immediately following conception. This happens due to the fact that the mother’s ingested calories will not only act as fuel for her, but also act as fuel and nutrition for her growing, unborn baby. What this means for you is that hCG allows the body to tap into and utilize stored fat deposits; and the dieter gets their energy and fuel from excess fat rather than ingested food.

With hCG and the Very Low Calorie Diet, daily calories burned approximates to 3500-4000 calories, which equates to 1-2 pounds of weight loss per day, as there are 3500 calories in one pound of fat.

So, essentially, claims made by the FDA is supported by very little evidence and research. Furthermore, it’s important to consider the politics involved. Pharmaceutical companies bring in millions of dollars for the government and the popularity over the hCG diet, in theory, retaliates against the fortune of the monster drug companies. Obesity in America continues to climb and in controversial studies proves to be the leading cause of death, even exceeding smoking. One must consider the possible actuality that hCG could be the answer to Dying America, resulting in monetary loss to the drug companies and government. Wouldn’t that be a shame?

 


Ways to Reduce Cravings While on the hCG Diet

When beginning the hCG Diet it is important to understand what the hCG hormone is, and its purpose. HCG is a hormone that is naturally produced in women during pregnancy, immediately following conception. The body produces this hormone to allow the mother’s body to survive on a lower caloric intake, as the food and nutrients that are consumed are shared between her baby and herself.

The strict reduction of calories on the hCG Diet can lead many dieters to experience hunger pangs, even when proper hormone therapy is being completed. While the hCG hormone injections; or oral liquid supplements, act as a method of controlling cravings during hCG dieting, it’s not uncommon to experience hunger pangs from time-to-time.

If you are experiencing an on-set of cravings, here a number of suggestions to help reduce or suppress your appetite:

Peppermint

Peppermint aromatherapy oils, or fresh mint leaves may help to alleviate uncontrolled feelings of hunger. Breathing in the mint from the oil or leaves can help to ease and relax your mind, as well as reduce the undesirable cravings.

Tea

Warm up to a cup of herbal tea, such as peppermint or green tea. The rejuvenating drink must be heated and consumed slowly. The warmth combined with the slow consumption can allow your body, as well as your mind, to trigger appetite suppression; and cravings will slowly subside. Dehydration can also produce hunger cravings, so the tea helps to alleviate such problems as dehydration.

Greens

Prepare a refreshing salad of leafy greens using spinach, lettuce or Swiss chard. Each option has minimal calories, but is nutritionally dense, providing satiety. Typically, cravings will subside following a meal of green salad.

Snack

You may choose an hCG-approved snack to help ease cravings. Snack choices are an apple, a pickle or a tomato. Each option contains minimal calories that are also nutrient-dense, allowing the body to deliver fuel and energy to the sources that are leading to hunger, resulting in satiety. Keep in mind, however, this option should be considered a last resort.

Meal

Calorie restriction is one of the main components of the hCG Diet, but when times are difficult, it may become imperative to reanalyze your daily meals and make proper adjustments. A viable strategy may be to spread your meals out accordingly throughout the day. For example, rather than taking in a larger meal containing 100 grams of chicken with a large apple, try saving the apple for an hour or two later. Oftentimes, when larger meals are consumed and too much time goes by until the next meal, hunger cravings become a factor as this is a signal of reduced blood sugar. Satiety can become more stable if food intake is spread throughout the course of the day and blood sugar levels remain consistent.

If hunger still does not subside after these measurements are taken, it may be time to further analyze your diet. Consulting your physician may be the safest choice of action.


HCG Diet: Normal vs. Abnormal Body Fat

The hCG Diet was developed by endocrinologist Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, as an advanced weight loss method to helping overweight individuals facing life-threatening illnesses due to obesity, or carrying ‘abnormal’ body fat.

Abnormal body fat is what causes obesity. There are three types of body fat that may be found in an individual – structural body fat, normal body fat and abnormal body fat.

Structural body fat acts as a cushion to the body and provides protection to the vital internal organs; it also acts as a storage place for energy. Individuals, even who are not overweight, still carry approximately 15 percent body fat, give or take, for survival. The storage of structural body fat is critical for a variety of reasons. In a famine situation, the body can use this fat storage for survival, as the fat is replaced for food as fuel.

In terms of normal body fat, healthy ranges have been developed to determine the appropriate level. This can differ depending upon gender, age and activity level as well as BMI (body mass index). Normal body fat acts as a free fuel to the body and storing appropriate/normal levels of body fat is crucial for survival and health; and helps support longevity.

Approximate ranges of normal body fat

The most common body fat testing is done by skin fold calipers. This should be tested by a professional as it may be easy to pinch muscle while testing leading to a higher, inaccurate reading.

For women, age 40 and under, who are not involved in sports or rigorous activity, the normal body fat range is 20-35 percent of overall weight. For women over 40, 25-38 percent; active women, age 40 and under, 16-28 percent; active women over 40 years of age, 20-33 percent.

In men 40 and under, the average range is 8-22 percent; over 40 the range is 10-25 percent. Active men age 40 and under, the range is 5-15 percent; over 40 between 7 and 18 percent.

Abnormal body fat is what leads to obesity. An individual is considered obese if body fat levels rise to over 30 percent, approximately. Again, this number may be lower or higher depending on gender, age, activity level and body mass index (BMI). Obesity is associated with a number of diseases and illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, numerous cancers, hernias, liver malfunction, hypertension, sleep apnea, gall bladder disease, respiratory problems, and an endless array more. In controversial studies, obese individuals have a higher death rate than those of smoking individuals.

Taking all of the above into consideration, reversing the problem of abnormal body fat is critical to all phases of health, nutrition and longevity. The hCG diet  pan can be viewed as an extraordinary solution to obesity reversal and if followed as strictly outlined in Dr. Simeons manuscript, ‘Pounds and Inches,’ many of the problems may be eliminated entirely.

Reducing body fat to a normal level and maintenance of normal levels of body fat is thoroughly explained in the Protocol. After supplementation of the hCG hormone, one must be devoted to following a healthy eating regimen and choose daily activities to keep the body functioning effectively, as well as keep weight loss down. Patients and dieters should never go back to their old eating habits, as doing so will once again lead to weight gain and face surrendering, once again, to abnormal body fat.


Is Fiber Supplementation Permitted While on the hCG Diet?

According to Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, creator of the hCG Diet, patients are not permitted to consume anything not already outlined in his manuscript, “Pounds and Inches.” The result of doing so could lead to “disastrous” effects on your overall weight loss.

Patients are required to reduce their caloric intake to approximately 500 calories per day; with a restriction on the types of foods consumed. Consequently, many dieters and/or critics question the availability of fiber; and the possible need for fiber supplementation. Fortunately, while there are rigid caloric intake restrictions, there are no fiber limitations.

To answer the initial question….

No, fiber supplementation is not permissible. However, it is important to note that many and most of the foods allowed on the diet are rich in fiber, which may aid in eliminating the need for such.

Considering that items containing sugar and starch are the most nutrient-lacking food choices, or, in essence, are ‘empty calories,’ it may be easy to recognize that little-to-no fiber can be found in such food choices. Oftentimes, dieters who question the use of fiber supplementation are accustomed to foods containing an over-abundance of such sugary and starchy foods, therefore resulting in the need for a fiber supplement.

Many and most foods available on the hCG Diet contain a healthy amount of fiber.

What is Fiber?

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that can act as a main source of energy for most body functions. Found mostly on the outer layer of plants, fiber moves through the digestive system to support healthy digestion, resulting in bodily regularity, less bloat and overall reduced water and waste storage.

What does fiber do for you?

  • Fiber aids in slowing down the eating process, as it demands a thorough chewing of foods. For example, an apple is an excellent source of fiber and requires to be eaten thoroughly and slowly; resulting in a slower eating process. This process can contribute to satiety, which may prevent over-eating.
  • Foods containing fiber are typically more satisfying due to their density.
  • Fiber-rich foods require the body to work harder to break them down, which may naturally increase metabolism.
  • Fiber is broken down by bacteria in the colon. Acids are produced due to this breakdown which nourishes the colon lining. These acids that are produced help to provide fuel to the body and are a substantial factor in higher metabolic levels.

As stated, most allowable hCG Diet foods contain a healthy dosage of fiber. The Recommended Daily Allowance for most adults is in the neighborhood of 30-35 grams daily. As an example, the apple contains approximately 4.4 grams of fiber; and onions around 2.7 grams. Though your daily caloric intake is extremely low, your fiber intake will not be considerably reduced. And for some individuals, it may in fact, be increased if normal eating habits consisted of sugary or starchy foods.

Granted, you may only be consuming half of the RDA, but for most American’s that is not uncommon. According to one published report made by the Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates based out of St. Paul, MN, “Most Americans eat 10 to 15 grams of fiber a day.”

This isn’t to suggest that a fiber deficiency is recommended. Low-fiber diets are associated with problems such as constipation and bloat; which can further result in excessive weight gain.

However, if on the hCG Diet, it is not permissible to take additional steps in increasing fiber, other than what is already provided in the allowable foods. Laxatives are forbidden, as well as increased caloric intake. Dr. Simeons explains that constipation may be expected during Phase II of the diet, but if the diet is followed strictly, it will correct itself over time.