HCG Shots are all the rage for rapid weight loss and have been for some time now. What exactly are they?
Human chorionic gonadotropin or (HCG) – What is it and does it work?
The HCG substance is the hormone present in your body while you are pregnant. It can actually cause you to burn up to 2,500 more calories per day. This is a fact, it is true but losing weight that fast might also cause you to binge eat and put it on even quicker. The diet that goes along with these shots is very, very restrictive and is only about 500 calories per day. I did this program and lost 8 lbs the first week. I added half and half to my coffee in the 2nd week which is a major no, no on this diet and I stayed at the same weight for the week. Was my first week just water loss? Perhaps. It is also a difficult diet to stay on if you travel. Try taking a bag full of needles on an aircraft. You have to give yourself shots once a day, usually in your belly or thighs. It is not a diet for the faint of heart.
Here is my first person actual experience on the HCG shots; At first it really freaked me out giving myself shots in the stomach. But then I kept telling myself it was an all natural hormone. The shots must be refrigerated and I just didn’t always have access to a refrigerator. I did lose eight lbs of body fat the very first week of the 550 calorie diet. So I gave it a try for a second week as well. I was excited but let me tell you this was not easy. I am use to eating my three meals a day and a couple of small snacks. They cut your calories down to a whopping 550 calories a day. One of the great claims of HCG practitioners is that the hormone staves off hunger for most people. I was cranky and hungry. I need more than the 550 calories a day allowed. They give you this cook book and tell you how great it is to have lettuce tacos and all the fantastic recipes. I even took a prescription diet pill along with the program to curb my appetite and I am not the type of person that can subsist on 550 calories a day. Appetite suppressant or not. My mother just raved about how great the HCG diet program is and how it resets your metabolism and helps you lose weight quickly and effectively
In the end I learned more about myself. I need to come to terms with my hunger, exercise every day, drink water and cut calories. There is no quick fix or easy way out for me. The HCG program was just too stringent for me to stick to. Lastly, no one knows the long term effects of injecting yourself with a hormone, natural or not. No one really knows the consequences. So for me I am going to lay off the fad diets and keep working hard to achieve my goals.
The diet is also very expensive and can cost from $400-$600 a month. They usually pair the HCG shots with B-12 injections, a low calorie diet and counseling, and sometimes phentermine diet pills to curb your hunger.