The HCG diet has been around for decades. It was first discovered in the 1950s by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons when, during a study on the effects of HCG and fertility, his subjects began reporting unexpected weight loss. As time went on, Dr. Simeons delved deeper into the correlation between HCG and weight loss, eventually devising a diet protocol specifically designed to utilize the effects of HCG to produce rapid weight loss.
The diet Dr. Simeons devised was called the HCG diet protocol and it includes a 3 phase plan that lasts about 40 days. While on this protocol, dieters are to maintain adherence to a strict diet and utilize injectable HCG hormone doses every day. The HCG hormone is traditionally found in pregnant women. During pregnancy, it stimulates the hypothalamus to release fat stores into the bloodstream to be sure that the growing fetus has the calories and energy it needs in order to properly form. Pregnant women usually have increased appetites, as such, the effects of HCG on the hypothalamus are merely a safety precaution by the body in the event that a shortage of food occurs. If the increased food intake is removed from the equation, however, the release of fatty tissue still takes place and weight loss results.
If you want to use injectable HCG hormones at home in order to stimulate weight loss, it is often advised that you first consult a doctor about your intentions. Your doctor can perform tests and inform you on your physical condition and whether or not you’re capable of beginning the HCG diet protocol or not. Generally, it is important to consult your doctor before beginning any diet and/or exercise regimen, but especially so if you plan on using injections.
In order to avoid HCG diet dangers, the first thing you want to do is be sure you’re getting real HCG. If your doctor prescribes it for you, he or she can send you to a certified supplier that will ensure you’re getting the the right stuff in the correct amounts. Also, your doctor can supply you with the hypodermic needles necessary for HCG injections.
Whenever you give yourself an injection of anything, whether HCG, insulin, etc. it is crucial that you be sure to sterilize the area prior to breaking the surface of the skin. Our world is teeming with bacteria, microorganisms and germs that would like nothing more than a free ride past your protective epidermis. Do not oblige them. Rubbing alcohol is a cheap and effective way to sterilize the area prior to injection, but make sure that you use sterilized wipes to do so. It’s possible to negate the effects of the rubbing alcohol if the cloth or napkin you use to swab the surface is itself full of germs and bacteria. The injections are administered in the thigh, so make sure to put it in the right place.
If you don’t get your liquid HCG from your doctor, there are plenty of other reputable sources for acquiring it. You will have to do your research, though, because there are also many HCG diet scams around that are just waiting to get your money and send you a bunk product. Check out the online HCG diet forums for information on legitimate sources, and make sure that the laboratory supplying the HCG is FDA approved.