The hCG diet was developed by a doctor who believed that a hormone found in a pregnant woman’s body could help overweight men and women lose weight — and keep that weight off after returning to their normal routines. HCG is produced by a woman early in her pregnancy, and levels of hCG in the bloodstream peak at around 14 weeks. After that, levels gradually decrease.
It was during research in the 1930s when one doctor, A.T.W. Simeons, noticed that boys being treated with hCG for underdeveloped gonads were also able to lose excess weight by eating much less without any accompanying hunger pangs. Simeons’ interest in hCG soon shifted to its potential as a diet aid, and after two decades of research, he published a paper touting its effects, and developed a dietary regimen for using the drug as a weight-loss tool.
We aren’t ravenous for fatty foods for no reason. Our bodies like to maximize caloric intake in case lean times are ahead. In the case of women, excess calories tend to wind up in “problem” areas such as the hips, buttocks, abdomen and thighs. However, once pregnant, fat from these areas is released in the presence of hCG, and this fat then makes its way to the fetus. This way, if a woman doesn’t consume the nutrients needed for fetal growth, her fat reserves will suffice. (Structural fat, such as that found in the face or layered beneath the entire skin, isn’t affected.)
There are many who have started on the HCG Diet that have failed. But don’t blame the diet.
It’s harder than you expected
Fast weight loss does not equal easy weight loss. There is lifestyle changes to be made and sometimes temporary compensation to adjust to in order to get the results you are looking for.
In the immediate excitement of losing a large amount of weight, you can tend to overlook diet and exercise.
Expecting immediate results
When you start your weight loss journey it may seem that you have so far to go. By day 3 you step on the scale and it says a couple pounds lighter. By day 5, if you expect to be 10 pounds lighter, you need to adjust your expectations.
If you are truly only on the diet for the numbers you see, you are going to run into trouble emotionally when you hit the plateau. It’s that leveling off that happens to most people during their weight loss. Stay focused on your goal and the results will happen but maybe not immediately.
Your Weight Loss Reasons may not be enough
Your high school class reunion is in 3 months. Your spouse surprised you with a mini vacation to the Bahamas. We’ve all had “superficial” reasons for losing weight during our lifetime and there is nothing wrong with this.
To be successful with the HCG diet, your motivation needs to go deeper. Ask yourself why you are doing this. If you hit a wall, will your motivation get you through the tough times?
You’d probably agree that the vast majority of us do NOT eat purely for sustenance. Food tastes good for a reason. There’s a reason people get together and share a meal- it’s an enjoyable and enriching thing to do.
Unhealthy eating habits or emotional issues can lead to obesity or coming overweight. If you don’t address these habits and issues, you might not mentally be ready to take on the HCG diet challenge.
Once you have identified and dealt with your emotional issues for over eating, then you can make the necessary long-term eating changes to maintain your new weight.