It is estimated approximately two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight or obese, putting them at risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other health complications. The HCG diet, available at Tyler Wellcare, has been around many years and has helped countless individuals, including our Tyler, Texas patients, lose weight and return to a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, like all weight loss programs, the HCG diet has many myths and false information associated with it. Tyler Wellcare is here to address the most common HCG facts and myths.
What is the HCG Diet?
The HCG diet helps overweight and obese patients lose weight by following a specific diet, an HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) injection schedule and drinking adequate amounts of water. Produced by the human body during pregnancy to regulate nutrients to the fetus, HCG suppresses the appetite and mobilizes fat in the bloodstream. With a combination of HCG injections and a lower caloric intake, the body becomes more reliant on its stored fat.
HCG Facts and Myths
The discovery of HCG as a weight loss tool dates back to the 1950s. Over the years, a lot of research has been conducted on its potential for healthy weight loss. The HCG diet has recently regained popularity and is one of the leading weight loss programs on the market today. With its success comes many myths and false information.
Common HCG facts and myths include:
- The daily caloric intake is too low: Patients should not be concerned about the calories associated with the diet plan. The HCG injections make the diet comfortable for the majority of patients. Patients also have the continued support of a physician during the entire HCG diet.
- The HCG diet is ineffective because of no exercise: The HCG diet is dependent on a patient eating only healthy foods to help phase out unhealthy eating habits and help ensure they get the most out of each meal.
- The HCG diet does not work: If a patient follows the diet guidelines as prescribed by Tyler Wellcare, the HCG diet is very effective. If a patient fails to lose weight, it is typically because the diet plan was not strictly followed.
- HCG is harmful and dangerous: HCG is a naturally occurring hormone found in the human body. It is not harmful or dangerous if taken at the correct time in the correct doses. When HCG is introduced to the body, stored fat in the body begins to get utilized for energy in a safe and effective manner.
For more resources on the HCG diet, or to discuss common HCG facts and myths in more detail, please contact the Tyler, Texas office of Tyler Wellcare.