There are a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding the hCG, human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone, diet. Many people have made various claims about what hCG is, where is comes from, and how it works that are simply not true. We’re going to kick this blog off by giving you the facts and helping you make a reasonable decision on the matter.
First of all, hCG is a hormone naturally produced in pregnant women by the placenta that controls metabolic function during pregnancy. A variation of hCG – meaning NOT the same exact hormone used by pregnant women – is used in the hCG diet to help boost a dieter’s metabolic activity and help him/her burn off more calories throughout the day.
Where does this variation come from? A common misnomer has left people believing that hCG is extracted from a pregnant woman’s and/or animal’s urine, which is completely false. The only truth behind that, which people are twisting out of sheer ignorance or to misrepresent the facts, is that the hormone can be found in said urine. The hCG used for the diet is safely cooked up in a lab for medical purposes. Remember, it’s a synthetic hormone, not the real thing.
One of the big issues people have with the hCG diet is that the hormone has to be injected into their system. If you don’t like needles, there are alternative ways to receive the hormone. However, none of the alternatives are as effective as hCG injections. If you can find a way to stand needles, we highly suggest you follow the traditional method of administration.
The hCG diet isn’t for everyone. You should always consult your physician before making a drastic change to your diet. You should make sure you’re not going to risk having an allergic or otherwise adverse reaction to hCG before taking it.
Lastly, there are a lot of other weight loss programs you can try before deciding to take a hormone injection. Be sure hCG is right for you before starting on the diet. Injecting yourself with hormones should really be used more as a last resort. It’s meant for people who have issues losing weight naturally and those in tough positions where they absolutely have to lose the weight now.
The diet is not as dangerous as everyone makes it out to be, but it’s definitely not for everyone. Take the time to find out if hCG is right for you before you start dieting.