The HCG diet was designed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeon. He discovered that this naturally occurring hormone could help obese people lose weight quickly when it was injected in small amounts along with a very low calorie diet and vitamin B12 supplementation. Now, HCG can be taken orally in homeopathic preparations that can be dropped under the tongue and quickly absorbed into the body.
Bariatric surgery for weight loss
Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery covers the wide array of surgical procedures that change the stomach and digestive tract with the goal of limiting the amount of food that you can eat.
These procedures makes the stomach smaller either permanently or temporarily. In some instances, it will re-route the path food takes during the digestive process. Designed for people who are obese and morbidly obese, these surgeries are performed to save people’s lives because living with all of that excess weight can put them at much greater risk of heart attack, diabetes, hypertension and several other diseases.
Complications from weight loss surgery
The surgeries come with risk of complications include:
- health problems from nutritional deficiencies after the gastrointestinal tract has been restructured,
- an anastomotic, which is a deadly complication. It occurs when the staples in the stomach begin to leak,
- dumping syndrome,
- symptoms like nausea, sweating, and cramps can be another side effect from gastric bypass surgery.
The HCG diet can help dieters lose as much as 26 pounds in 26 days when the diet is carefully followed. If someone is not a good candidate for surgery for other health reasons, the HCG diet can help them achieve their weight loss goals more quickly than simply cutting calories alone.
Adhering to the very low calorie diet of 500 calories per day, taking the oral HCG three times per day and supplementing with vitamin B12, is a good test to see if the person can live with the new restrictions that will come if they were to go through with bariatric surgery.
Benefits of the HCG diet
One of the benefits of following the HCG diet is that it recalibrates the metabolism. After an initial 26 day round of the HCG diet, you must give your body a rest before you resume another round of the diet. However, you will notice that your appetite has changed. You will also notice the fat loss that has occurred while the HCG was acting to mobilize your abnormal adipose tissue and us that for energy.
Subsequent rounds of the HCG diet will be easier because you have already developed a routine of carefully weighing and preparing the food. In addition, you will have memorized the rules and know exactly what is permissible and what is not allowed on the diet.