For the last few years, the HCG Diet for weight loss has been a big rage. Eve medical doctors are jumping aboard. I know a local cardiologist who started offering it as a weight-loss tool for his patients and the package included the real HCG medication, follow-ups, councelling, etc… And he is getting some really good results!
For those not familiar with the HCG Diet, here are the basics:
- You start taking HCG hormone, either injection, sublingual or homeopathic
- For a specific amount of time (usually 2-4wks) you eat a very limited-calor diet, 500-800KCal/d
- Maintain a somewhat higher but healthy diet for a period of a few weeks
Some people report loosing 10-30lbs in the first month or so. This got me thinking that this is darn similar to what patients report on a gluten/grain-free diet. Add to that a comment made by Dr. Willam Davis, author of “Wheat Belly”, in his book:
…the initial pace of weight loss [on a gluten-free diet] can be shocking, equaling what you might achieve with an outright fast.
The HCG Diet is not quite a fast nor starvation, but close to it. But I think the key is that many versions of the HCG Diet encourage cutting out or limiting bread and other grains. Afterall, there is no way to stick to a 500KCal diet and still have any appreciable amount of grains!
This may explain why some people do so well on HCG Diet and others don’t. The key may be one ingredients: grains!
Personally, I think taking HCG as part of the Diet is more a placebo affect then anything else – the power of suggestion to keep people from feeling excessively hungry or tired on such low caloric intake.
Could there be more to it? I don’t know, maybe. But for me, and many other no-grain converts, we are spared the costly injections and starvations while still acheiving outstanding weight loss.
Please let us know your experience.