Is the hCG diet for you?

The hCG diet is gaining more and more popularity. The diet has been around since 1954 when Dr. Simeon of Britain discovered it, but it really took off starting in 2000. It has been featured on national television stations like NBC and Oprah’s talked about it.  It was also detailed in the popular best-selling book The Weight Loss Cure by Kevin Trudeau.

What is the hCG diet?

hCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women and almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout the pregnancy.  The hCG used in the diet protocols is a variation of the hCG form used for fertility treatments, and in much smaller, minute doses.  All hCG used for medical purposes is synthetic, created in laboratories from sterile cells.

This diet is a very low calorie diet. You will only be allowed to consume 500 calories a day. Along with the calorie restriction, you will have to give yourself daily hCG injections or take it orally. Because of the calorie restriction and the daily injections, it has been considered a very controversial diet. Of course, as with other diet programs it is an individual decision as to whether the diet is for you or not. See also the video below from Dr Oz TV program.

Take the Quiz

Take the quiz below to see if you might be ready for the hCG diet. Rate each of the following statements on a score of 1,2,3,4,5. A score of One means “No Way” and a score of Five means “Yes, absolutely”.

-          I can handle consuming only 500 calories a day

-          I can give myself injections or take oral drops on a daily basis.

-          I have a large amount of weight to lose and want to jump start it with a diet where I can lose weight quickly

-          I can drink at least 2 liters of water a day

-          I’m ready to break the bad eating habits

Total up your score:

If you scored 20-25 points, you are ready to jump on board with the hCG diet.  You know the requirements and are ready to make the changes and give yourself a daily shot or take drops orally. You’re ready to do whatever it takes to make it work.

If you scored 15-19 points, you probably aren’t quite ready but if you do go forward with it, you’ll need to remind yourself often of the reasons that you made the choice to follow this diet in the first place.

If you scored 14 or fewer points, the hCG diet is probably not right for you. Even if you scored low it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it, it just means you need to weigh your options and think long and hard if you’ve got the drive and determination to stick with it.

Whatever your score, you should do more research on websites , for example http://hcgdietinfo.com/HCG-Weight-Loss-FAQ.htm, and also consult your medical and health advisors. Even if you start the diet, you can always change your mind if it doesn’t work for you or you feel uncomfortable continuing with it.

A note of caution

Please note every effort has been made to include accurate information, but this is not a recommendation on this diet. Further research and the advice of a physician is highly recommended before starting this diet plan or any other diet plan mentioned on the Sage Vita website.

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