The HCG diet is extremely popular now in the United States and has risen in popularity over the last 10 years dramatically. The premise of the traditional HCG diet is to severely limit one’s caloric intake to 500 calories per day.
A lot of critics look at this severe calorie restriction and say that the diet promotes malnutrition because of this restriction. What these critics are missing with the point is that even if you are only ingesting externally 500 calories today you actually getting much more.
What does this mean? What is meant by this is that the HCG hormones allow the body to target the body’s fat reserves. The problem with most diets is that as the individual loses weight it is a combination of fat loss combined with an exceptional amount of lean muscle mass as well. This is obviously not a great situation, because you truly do need your lean muscle mass for good health. So the fact that the diet is eating into muscle is suboptimal.
The HCG hormone allows the body to preserve muscle mass in the body while while targeting and eating away fat. These fat reserves being utilized provides calories to the body to get it energy and strength and vitality. A lot of dieters on the HCG plan say that they have the most energy they have had in years along with increased vitality, increased sex drive, and enhanced self-esteem due to the significant weight loss.
There’s also something about the HCG diet program that makes it so that even with the calorie restrictions the person is not really hungry. This is actually the reason that patients on the 500 calorie diet are restricted from strenuous exercise so that they do not get substantially hungry. So when you look at the 500 calories per day and the fact that the HCG is targeting fat reserves and providing much more calorie intake the person is actually getting 1500 to 2,000 calories per day so that the patients is really not in an unhealthy situation. Granted, individuals should be taking vitamins or supplements and make sure their ongoing intake of vitamins and minerals is satisfactory.
In summary the patient is on 500 calories per day with HCG diet the assumption that they will automatically become malnourished is false. There is a new modified HCG diet that allows patients to intake 800 to 1200 calories per day which is better because it allows the patient to exercise without getting immensely hungry.
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