It’s likely you’ve heard the buzz surrounding the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) diet. Promises of extreme weight loss with minimal hunger are all anyone can talk about. But with so many different diets out there, is the Chicago, IL HCG diet right for you?

The diet is made up of daily injections of the HCG hormone, combined with dramatic caloric restriction. When followed properly, the diet can reset your metabolism and shift your eating habit, resulting in pound-a-day results. The exact way this hormone is still a little bit of a mystery. We know that the hormone is created in the placenta of pregnant women in their first trimester. After numerous studies on this weight loss wonder, research has shown that HCG relieves the feelings of hunger. This effect has allowed those on the diet to consume as little as 500 calories a day, yet not feel weak or hungry. But how? HCG, when found in the bloodstream, can stunt an appetite. This is the same hormone that causes nausea in pregnant women, which shows how it affects our digestive system.

HCG is also a balancing hormone. Often we find ourselves having a hormone deficiency which leads to weight gain. It could be thyroid issues or menopause, but either way HCG can bring stability to your hormones which leads to weight loss.

HCG only works when it’s injected into the bloodstream. There are other methods to ingest the hormone, but they don’t stunt hunger the way they’re supposed to. A prescription and medical supervision is required in order to safely stay on this diet plan.

As you’re taking HCG injections, you also need to make sure you’re following a strict diet. Lean meats like chicken and fish,non-starchy vegetables like celery and cucumber, and fruit. Added sugars, fatty foods, and starch filled vegetables are not allowed in this diet. This diet combined with the injections results in rapid weight loss, with some reporting losing as much as two pounds a day. You no longer have to worry about whether you’re losing muscle mass on your weight loss journey. The HCG diet focuses on the fat around your stomach and hips.

If you’re looking for a weight loss option that is fast and efficient, contact Options Medical Weight Loss center for more information on the HCG diet.