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HCG diet was named after a body hormone produced by the synytiotrophoblast which is a portion of placenta after implantation. This diet limits an approximate of 500 calories a day for the next 8 weeks that you take the product either as a shot or by a homeopathic product such as pellets, oral drops or sprays. However, none of these is approved by the FDA for weight loss but the shots are approved as long as a healthcare provider is in charge of giving them. Over the counter HCG products are not allowed.
One of the advantages of the diet is the fact that it will not allow you to eat too much. It gives one the allowance of eating two meals a day. Each of the meal has to include a protein, bread, one fruit and one vegetable. At the same time, you can broil, chicken breast, white fish, crab and lobsters and make sure that you do not eat any visible fat. Some of the vegetable choices should include chard, spinach, beet greens, green salad, onions, red radishes, cabbage and cucumbers. Fruits in your diet can include apple, orange, half a grapefruit and a handful of strawberries. The diet also gives an allowance of water, tea and coffee as much as you want.
On normal circumstances, it is very hard to stick to a strict calorie limit and still manage to comfortably meet all your nutritional needs. This is the main reason why such diets need to be carefully supervised by a doctor. As for the vegetarians and vegans, HCG diets are not that safe. Diet creators’ advice vegetarians to drink extra skim milk to make up for the protein they are not getting from meat and other sources.
Like most diets, this diet has some side effects such as fatigue, restlessness, irritability, depression and gynecomastia. Thromboembolism which is blood clots forming and blocking vessels is another serious side effect associated with HSG diets.