The HCG hormone is also known as the pregnancy hormone. It is this hormone which is detected during a pregnancy test. The levels of this hormone double approximately every 72 hours after conception, reaching its peak before the end of the first trimester. This is why false negatives can occur if a pregnancy test is taken too early after conception.
If you have been hearing about HCG lately and are not pregnant, then it is likely you have been hearing about the HCG Diet Plan. This diet plan is based around women taking an HCG supplement or receiving injections. Participants in the diet are typically able to lose at least one pound every day with some exceeding that amount.
There is little understanding of why this diet actually works as effectively as it does. It is known that the hormone is able to trick the body into believing it is pregnant, but the weight loss is a mystery. Many believe the effective part of the plan is the diet which goes along with the hormone. Meanwhile the hormone itself works partially as an appetite suppressant and partially to correct body hormonal issues, a frequent cause of weight gain.
There is no debate about whether or not this diet is effective. It has been proven to work many times over in a variety of circumstances. The main question is whether or not the diet is safe. The answer to that is yes, but it should be followed carefully and any drops or supplements should only be taken exactly as directed. If you choose to have the HCG shots, only a doctor should administer them and all of their advice should be followed.
The HCG meal plan is restrictive but must be followed to see the full benefits of the diet. It also restricts the use of any cosmetics while on the diet. The concern is that many of these products contain oils and fats which will be absorbed into the system.
If you are serious about weight loss, this is a serious diet plan. It takes a real commitment and effort, but the rewards are there for those who follow through.