In this article we will discuss HCG Ultra Diet Drops. While their website features the “before” and “after” photos commonly used to advertise weight loss programs, we aim to discover what makes this particular product different.
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What is HCG?
First and foremost, let’s examine what ‘HCG’ is and understand how it works. HCG is the hormone produced during pregnancy known as Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. When a woman is pregnant, the human placenta produces this hormone to burn stored fat to ensure plenty of calories for the baby to grow.
What Makes the HCG Diet Regime?
Oral treatments of HCG from a dropper alongside a very low calorie diet (VLCD) make up the weight loss regimen this company adheres to. Scientifically, taking the oral treatments supposedly causes the hypothalamus to move the fat out of the body’s fat storage areas so the body can compensate for the low caloric intake.
The VLCD demands drawing from structural and normal fat reserves, which is what happens when starvation diets actually cause a person to become fatter. Structured fat is found between the joints and organs, normal fat is found throughout the body to meet daily nutritional needs, and abnormal fat is responsible for obesity. The HCG drops release abnormal fat deposits, enabling the body to store fat while cutting calories.
According to their webpage, through this process you are losing your extra supply of fat. While only consuming 500 calories a day, the drops enable your body to use thousands of calories of fat, permitting the average person to lose 1-2 lbs. of fat (or more) per day. Moreover, the weight you lose comes straight from fat, refraining from wearing the body of muscle, vitamins or nutrients necessary for good health.
HCG Ultra Diet Drops claim if you stick to their “protocol” and follow the rules of the set diet, the program will be successful for you. Because of these rules, however, you may not want to try this diet unless you are ready to take your eating habits very seriously. If not, you will likely not see the promised results.
During the first two days, you are encouraged to eat as you normally would – fried food, sweets, whatever. They call this the “loading phase”, urging this is what gives your body a strong framework for success. The program instructs 25 drops or ¾ of a dropper before each meal.
Day three begins phase two and when you are to start following the regimen religiously. As their webpage reads, “Eating more food than the plan allows or consuming foods that are not allowed will only cause an immediate weight gain.” Allowed foods include very small portions of protein, vegetables and fruits. To see the HCG daily meal plans, view the detailed list.
It is also crucial to drink 100 ounces (10-12 glasses) of water every day to ensure maximum weight loss. Diet soda and Crystal Lite are allowed, but coffee and tea are discouraged. If you are a heavy drinker, you may have to change more than just your eating habits, as it is emphasized that alcohol is permitted “sparingly”.
They also recommend Vitamin B12 drops with the diet to help you receive more nutrients, although I couldn’t find a place on their site to purchase them. Something interesting about this diet plan is physical exercise is not exactly encouraged. Although exercising is known to be a healthy option for weight loss, the HCG Ultra Diet Drops webpage states while following the VLCD you need to make up for 75 percent of the calories you burn through exercise by additional food consumption from the approved diet (i.e. if you burn 300 calories, you should consume 225). It is also stated that “vigorous” exercise will slow your weight loss.
Post-diet, HCG Ultra Diet Drops advise to not eat starches or sugars for two to three weeks or you will see a regression in your results. They also provide resources to coach clients through the eating habits needed to maintain the weight loss. Their website features a Testimonials tab, which has a lengthy list of success stories.
Are There HCG Side Effects?
However, something to be considered is that although HCG Ultra Diet Drops claim the diet drops have no side effects, directly under this they then mention the possibility of constipation. They suggest this can be common and recommend an organic tea brand that can be found in most stores.
The HCG diet drops are what sets this diet program apart from others, but is also what is raising concerns from skeptics. Multiple times throughout their webpage they urge that the weight loss is “rapid” – totaling up to 30 lbs. a month.
A Warning from The FDA & U.S Government
While this sounds good and the product may deliver such results, in 2011 the U.S. government as well as the mainstream medical community claimed it to be a scam that involves too many health risks and no long-term weight loss, according to an article at health.usnews.com.
Moreover, according to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) webpage, there are no FDA-approved HCG weight loss products and no scientific evidence of weight loss successes from this drug. The only approved use of the drug as of now is in dealing with female fertility and hormone treatment in men. The FDA does say it has been found to decrease hunger and discomfort when following a calorie-restricted diet, but that most importantly people on a VLCD are at increased risk for side effects such as gallstone formation, electrolyte imbalance and heart arrhythmias. They advise that such a diet should only be used under proper medical supervision. FDA labeling on HCG products for weight loss is as follows:
“HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or ‘normal’ distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”
Therefore, a claim could be made that the weight loss associated with this diet program is largely due to the VLCD itself. All the while, HCG Ultra Diet Drops is manufactured by what is claimed on their website to be an FDA approved facility to make homeopathic products, even though the FDA webpage itself contradicts this statement. The company assures the highest of quality control standards. However, they also claim their product to have no side effects, which is a bold statement for a drug that has no scientific evidence… Use at your own risk.
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