FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DOES THE HCG DIET WORKS?
The hCG diet is followed under the supervision of a medical professional. It entails hCG injections and severe calorie restriction. While it does not emphasize meal plans or physical activity, the goal is to lose weight quickly. hCG injections cause your body to release up to 2,500 calories or more from your fat stores each day. Assuming you normally consume 2,000 calories per day, you reduce your caloric intake by 1,000 and burn an additional 2,000 calories as a result of the hCG. This can result in a daily calorie loss of up to 3,000. As a result, patients lose 12 to 1 pound per day during the initial phase of their program.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN I EXPECT TO LOSE WHILE ON THE HCG DIET?
Men and women get different results. On average, women can expect to lose 10-15 pounds and men can expect to lose 15-20 pounds on the short program (26 days). Women will lose 18-23 pounds on average during the longer program (43 days), while men will lose 30-35 pounds. When a ketogenic diet is combined with hCG, lean body mass (i.e. muscle) accounts for less than 10% of total weight loss, whereas typical calorie restriction diets result in 30% loss of lean body mass.
WHY DO I NEED A CALORIE DEFICIT WITH HCG INJECTIONS?
Patients on the hCG diet will receive daily hCG injections in addition to a caloric-restricted diet. When hCG is present in the body, 1000 to 1400 calories per day are burned from stored body fat. Taking hCG causes the body to enter an anabolic state, which promotes muscle growth and fat loss. When your body is in starvation mode, due to caloric restrictions, hCG allows it to burn unwanted fat rather than muscle, so the weight lost during the diet is mostly fat.
CAN MEN GET HCG SHOTS?
The HCG used in the injections protocol is already present in men. In fact, it can be found in every human tissue. Men, on average, lose 1lb per day because their bodies do not "need" to hold on to fat reserves the way women's bodies do.
IS EXERCISE REQUIRED WHILE ON THE HCG DIET?
No. Because you’ll be under a strict calorie deficit diet and the average person already burns about 2000-3000 calories per day just from normal activity. Many dieters have reported successful weight loss without exercising. In fact, those who want to exercise should consider low-intensity exercise and mild resistance exercise. But no more than 30 minutes per day, three days per week. Following the completion of the diet, your full workout routine can be resumed.