What kind of results can you expect on the HCG Diet?
The HCG diet has been in existence for over forty years. This is not some new, latest fad and there have been numerous studies that support its effectiveness. To be clear most research suggests that the 500 calorie a day diet is mainly responsible for the weight loss directly but the HCG element affects how the weight is lost and also promotes the weight loss created by the diet.
For those who are new to the HCG diet concept, 500 calories a day are consumed on a high protein dietary program. In addition, and HCG mixture is administered (usually by injection) on a daily basis to support the weight loss desired by you, the dieter. It is possible to administer the HCG in other ways. For example, some suppliers will offer the HCG in droplet form. However, most accept that the most effective (and some say the only effective) way to administer it is indeed by injection.
This in itself can make it a little scary for some people who are new to the diet. However, there is plenty of advice online as to how this should be done safely and most dieters quickly adjust to self- administering HCG by injection without any problems.
There are many factors in how much weight you can expect to lose whilst using the HCG diet. It should be said that this diet is not a full time, permanent diet and is usually followed on variations of a six week on, six week off cycle. Therefore, making it a little easier (but certainly not easy) to follow and stick to the 500 calories and daily injections routine.
Your starting weight as well as how much you are looking to lose is the first factor that is likely to affect your overall weight loss. If you have a lot of weight to lose then you can expect to see dramatic results at first although these will not be sustainable over the longer term.
As with all diets it is important that you take professional medical advice before starting any extreme diet such as the HCG diet. It is not suitable for everyone and going from (let’s say) 4000 calories a day down to 500 calories a day may well just be a dangerous thing to do.
However, for most people it is safe to follow the HCG diet without any worries and as an ‘average’ you can expect to lose between 1 and 2 pounds of weight per day over the medium term. If you achieve more than this then great! If you don’t it is important to consider that at times you will be losing fat but this may not always translate into direct measurable day-to-day weight loss. Therefore, it is worthwhile if this is important to you to take some basic measurements such as waist to see if you are still making progress even if it doesn’t appear that you are straight away.