Many dieters, faced with the astonishing rapidity of pounds released on the oral HCG weight loss program, ask if the results are permanent. Many wonder if the scale will start creeping up as they enter the maintenance phase of the diet. Others wonder if they will need to take oral HCG for the rest of their lives in order to maintain the weight loss.
While some methods of weight loss, such as bariatric surgery, claim you can keep the weight off without changing your behavior, this diet program is different. The emphasis is on stability and behavioral change, so dieters can keep the weight off for the long term.
The Phases of the Diet Program
The diet is broken up into 3 phases: reduction, intermittent maintenance, and maintenance. The purpose of these phases is to slowly incorporate both biochemical changes in the body and behavioral changes in the mind of each dieter.
For example, Phase 1 begins with two high-fat “load days,” before transitioning into the very low-calorie (VLCD) part of the plan. This allows your body to prepare for the calorie restriction to come, and allows you to mentally prepare for that restriction as well. Having those two high fat days will keep you from feeling too deprived and sorry for yourself once you begin the low calorie diet.
Portion Control and Emotional Eating
The VLCD allows dieters the chance to get in touch with their emotions about eating, and learn portion control. For many dieters, this is the first time they have ever consciously made a choice between eating out of hunger and eating to fill an emotional void.
The caloric restriction also makes measuring and weighing foods necessary and many dieters are amazed at just how much “portion distortion” they suffer from. Learning to identify emotional eating patterns and learning how to control portions are two behaviors that can help dieters keep the weight off long after maintenance is over.
Striking a Hormonal Balance
Finally, this program is the only one on the market that addresses the fundamental cause of obesity: a lack of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone in the body. This hormone is responsible for regulating the hypothalamus of the brain, which is responsible for burning excess fat.
Once that hormonal balance is restored (a process which can take anywhere from 15 to 40 days), dieters can look forward to weight maintenance that can last the rest of their lives. If they find their weight creeping upwards again, they can always go through the program again.
Chemicals in the environment and in foods can strip the body of the hormone. Therefore, remaining vigilant about a possible hormonal imbalance is crucial to successful weight maintenance.
Source by Jenny Boynton