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The HCG Diet Plan

Many people have been frustrated with dieting in the past, but need to lose weight because of diabetes or other health issues, and have seen “miracle” weight loss claims made by proponents of the HCG diet. They want to believe it can work for them, but does reality back up the HCG diet myth?

The HCG diet plan explained

One of the common misconceptions about the HCG diet is that the rapid weight loss it claims to induce — up to 30 pounds in a month— can be achieved simply by taking regular doses of a pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), either orally or by injection. Some advocates of the HCG diet even claim that if the hormone is injected into specific problem areas where flab tends to collect, such as the belly or thighs, that a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat will occur.

What most people don’t realize is that the HCG entails more than just hormone injections—it also requires dieters to go on an extreme low-calorie crash diet at the same time. Individuals on the HCG diet plan are usually given hard-and-fast diet restrictions to make sure they stay under 500 calories a day. Only organic meats, vegetables, and fish are recommended. They are not allowed to consume carbohydrates, dairy products, alcoholic beverages, or any sugars.

Opponents argue that the 500 calorie maximum demanded by the HCG diet plan will result only in short-term, and not long-term, weight loss, and that it can lead to serious malnutrition. The Mayo Clinic, for example, warns that the health risks of such a low-calorie diet include development of gallstones, abnormal heartbeat, and upsetting the balance of electrolytes that maintain the body’s muscles and nerves.

HCG dieters may lose weight overall, but when the body goes into “starvation mode” instigated by such an unhealthy low-calorie diet, it is just as likely to burn muscle and bone tissue as fat tissue. After one month of the HCG diet plan, patients are told to resume their normal eating habits and stop taking injections of HCG for six weeks so as not to become immune to the hormone’s effects. During this period, an overwhelming majority of dieters regain all of the weight they lost, as the body’s resumes its normal metabolism.

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Physician directed weight loss plans provide a healthy alternative

Fortunately for those who are looking to find an effective diet that is also healthy, there is a group of physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss who are helping thousands of people lose weight without all the risks of HCG— and keep it off. The Centers’ proven programs are backed up by studies in current medical journals. If you’ve tried everything and have not been successful, the these physicians can help by designing — and supervising— a diet and physical activity plan specifically tailored to your body, your metabolism, your medical history, and your weight loss goals.

Unlike with the HCG diet, the Centers use scientifically tested principles which will not endanger your health. And you’ll not only lose weight safely in the short-term, but keep it off in the long-term.

Medical studies prove physician directed diet plans work

A published study on The Center for Medical Weight Loss program shows that the average patient loses 28 pounds in 12 weeks. Heavier patients can expect to lose even more weight. This is significant because it says ‘the average patient’ in the program loses 11.1% of their body weight, that means if you weigh 250 pounds, you can expect to lose more than 50 pounds.

The Center for Medical Weight Loss has over 450 locations nationwide. To find out if there is a center near you, enter your zip code in the space above. Many Centers offer special introductory discounts for first time visitors. Introductory offers vary by center, so call for details.