A new diet regularly pops up on the market, and one of the recent diets in the news is the HCG Diet, which promises some really fast weight loss. Even better, this diet plan is supposed to be safe, effective, and lasting. What exactly is the HCG Diet, though, and how does it work?
According to Discovery Health, the dieter receives a round of injections from the doctor, and these injections consist of a substance found in the urine of pregnant women, which is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). This substance is supposed to promote quick weight loss.
Bad news, though. HCG may help a person lose about a pound per day, according to Discovery Health, but the dieter absolutely must pair the HCG injections with a strict 500-calorie per day diet, and the diet may not work if the dieter does not adhere to the 500-calorie per day plan.
Even worse, 500 calories per day is not enough food for the dieter’s brain, so the dieter won’t be able to think very clearly while dieting. Now, what if the dieter does take the injections and does stay on the 500-calorie per day diet? Advertisements promise results, so that’s the good part.
The big question is how has the dieter actually changed eating habits? Wouldn’t it stand to reason that the dieter would quickly regain the weight once the dieter comes off the strict diet? If you don’t think so, try to recall Oprah Winfrey and her liquid diet days.
Yes, Oprah Winfrey starved herself with the liquid diet, lost all her weight, and then gained it back again when she started eating. Was Oprah Winfrey never supposed to eat again? A successful diet requires a change of habits because habits caused the dieter to gain the weight.
*The bottom line: A dieter needs to reason out how and why a particular diet works before stressing the body and the wallet to achieve quick weight loss.