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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The HCG Diet (Part One)

I have been researching the HCG Diet. You give yourself a daily shot of the hormone HCG, which is supposed to curb your hunger. The curbing your hunger part is important, as this diet requires you to subsist on 500 calories per day.

That's starvation mode calories. When you drop your calories that low, the body will shed muscle (lean body mass) in response to severe calorie restriction. According to Dr. Simeons, the creator of the HCG Diet, getting the daily hormone shot will prevent this, and you will only lose body fat.

I searched and searched the internet, hoping to find a blog of someone who has tried the HCG Diet, and kept track of their body fat percentages/lean muscle mass.

Since I couldn't find one, I decided to turn myself into a guinea pig. If it works as advertised, this would be a fantastic way to shed 20 pounds very quickly, which would make exercising much easier on me (because of my back problems). If it doesn't work as claimed, I would be able to provide information to the internet regarding my experience with the HCG Diet. Either way, the information will be out there for everyone to see.

Of course, I'm hoping the HCG Diet works as claimed. I've researched it enough, and talked to people who have been on it, to know that rapid weight loss does indeed occur. I'm just hoping that it burns away the excess body fat, as it says it does.