The HCG diet has gained in popularity over the last few years. Many people have raved about their loss of weight in a relatively short amount of time. Because of the increased number of users, some people have some legitimate questions about how the diet works and what is involved in the process.
Definition of HCG
HCG is an acronym for Human Chronic Gonadotropin which is a naturally occurring hormone in humans. Research has indicated that using HCG injections programs the hypothalamus to burn fat rather than carbohydrates for energy.
How injections are administered
An HCG provider can go over specific dosage amounts based on the user’s weight loss goals. Once the proper dose is determined a user can mix up the HCG injections and then administer them. However, these injections are usually performed by a qualified nurse or similar medical staff.
Some people undertake the mixing of the HCG injections at their home. People should be aware that there are several precautions for this option. A sterile needle, mixing bowl and cleaning area are all necessary requirements for preparing the injections. Furthermore, several steps must be followed exactly in order to ensure that the compound is properly mixed and suitable for injection. Ignoring these precautions could lead to an infection or worse.
Because of the medical restrictions placed on injections, many people prefer to use the HCG drops. The drops can be easily stored in most people’s homes and are much easier to administer. The drops are designed to be ready to use right out of the package. Compared to the mixing and sterile requirements for injections, the drops are a much more convenient option.
Advantages of Drops
The most attractive feature of the HCG drops is the ease of use. Drops are simply placed in the mouth beneath the tongue. This can be done by most individuals at home without the aid of a nurse or doctor. Furthermore, some people really don’t like shots. The idea of signing up for a shot per day for 26 days would be an automatic turn off for many individuals. The drops are usually cheaper since they can be purchased from a provider and do not require the expense of the additional staff.
Keep in mind that a low calorie diet is highly recommended to accompany either the HCG injections or HCG drops. The injections or drops alone are not enough to produce meaningful weight loss for any user.