HCG: The Fat-Burning Aid
Switch On the Body's Caloric Burning
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that is produced in low levels by both men and women. Higher levels are produced in a pregnant female—its action for her is to help protect the fetus during times of caloric deprivation. For both men and women, HCG switches the body’s caloric burning to burn more fat and less muscle when people consume fewer than 1,000 calories per day.
In the 1950s an endocrinologist discovered HCG is a useful aid to enhance fat burning when combined with a low-calorie diet to maximize weight loss and preserve muscle. Preserving muscle is a critical factor for successful weight loss maintenance because muscle loss yields a lowered metabolism. A diet plan including HCG is appropriate for people with diabetes, prediabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and any other condition that would benefit from weight loss.
As a bonus, HCG appears to have an appetite suppressant activity, making an HCG diet very effective and easier to stay committed to. On top of that, HCG plan weight loss can resolve acid reflux, reduce joint pain and relieve abdominal bloating.
Contributed by Sharon Meyer, registered dietitian and nutrition consultant at Waller Wellness Center in Rochester Hills, MI. Waller Wellness Center offers a medically supervised HCG diet program with one-on-one consultations and a program that does not eliminate any food group. It is better described as core nutrition. For information, visit WallerWellness.com or call 248-844-1414.