What is HCG?
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or HCG, is a hormone that is most commonly associated with pregnant women. The hormone is produced by cells that form in the placenta, to nourish the egg once it has been fertilized and attaches to the uterine wall. However, while pregnant women do produce the greatest levels of HCG in the placenta, both men and non-pregnant women produce very low levels of the hormone as well.
How in HCG used to promote weight-loss?
Studies dating back as far as the 1950’s reported the benefits of HCG used in diet shots to promote weight loss. When injected, HCG shots may encourage the elimination of fat cells when used in combination with a low-calorie diet. HCG is extracted from the urine of pregnant females, process it in a medical lab, and then injected the substance under the patient’s skin to kick-start weight loss. The injections, which are sometimes used along with vitamin B12 shots, may stimulate the shedding of pounds by burning excess fat cells and resetting the body’s metabolism, boosting its ability to burn fat at a greater rate. In addition, HCG injections may also reduce cravings and reduces hunger.
Some fats are necessary, as they provide nutrition and protect our organs. Excess fat, however, often accumulate around the hips, thighs, and stomach. These are the areas targeted by the HCG shots.
Does HCG need to be used in conjunction with a specific diet?
Yes. HCG shots are designed to work in conjunction with a restricted diet of 800 calories per day. Technically, it is the diet, not the HCG that’s responsible for weight loss. However, the HCG shots aid by decreasing appetite and burning fat cells while retaining muscle while dieting. HCG should only be used when prescribed by a doctor and in a program that’s medically supervised.