Is It Healthy to Lose So Much Weight So Fast With the HCG Diet?

The ultimate goal of any weight loss plan is to lose the fat that we tend to accumulate in the areas where we don’t want it, especially abdominal fat. However, most diet plans do little to target this fat. In fact, the ONLY way to target this fat is through an entirely healthy metabolic process called ketosis. Ketosis allows you to maintain muscle mass while strictly losing from fat. In an optimal state of ketosis, as provided by HCG, the rapid weight loss experienced is quite healthy.The answer to our question bit complicated. If you’re losing more muscle mass than you are losing fat, then yes, it can be dangerous. The ultimate goal of any weight loss plan is to lose the fat that we tend to accumulate in the areas where we don’t want it, especially abdominal fat. It has been shown that this abdominal fat, or sometimes called visceral fat is a serious health risk in both men and women. This is the fat that should be targeted with any diet plan. However, most diet plans do little to target this fat. In fact, the ONLY way to target this fat is through an entirely health metabolic process called ketosis. Without being in an optimal state of ketosis, the body will actually steal calories from lean muscle before it will tap into our unwanted fat stores. This is a physiological defense mechanism to combat long winters or famine – conditions that rarely exist today.

Misunderstandings of the HCG Diet

One of the biggest misunderstandings of the HCG diet is that the HCG is what causes your weight loss. The rapid weight loss that is derived from the HCG diet is a result of your low calorie diet, not the HCG alone. The role of the HCG is to maintain muscle mass while strictly losing from fat and to further facilitate ketosis which limits your hunger by supplying you with ketone calories from stored fat. When these calories a continuously summoned from stored fat and converted to a usable energy source by the liver, your body responds as though it has just eaten a meal – with satiety and fullness. If you’re hungry on the HCG 2.0 diet, you’re probably doing it wrong.


The assistance of the HCG combined with a proper loading phase and a smart ketosis driven HCG protocol, similar to that described in HCG 2.0 allows you to maintain muscle mass while strictly losing unwanted fat in a safe, but rapid fashion. The HCG diet allows you to maintain muscle mass while strictly losing from unwanted fat. See the explanation below from HCG 2.0…

“The initial 2 days that you start your HCG supplement, it’s required that you overeat on foods rich in fat. This might seem counter productive, but it serves 3 functions. First, the immediate fat overload causes a small gland in your brain called the hypothalamus to spring into action by alerting the body to begin attacking fats, which jump starts the weight loss. Secondly, the increased fat provides an immediate calorie reserve to temper your hunger during the beginning phases of the HCG diet, allowing the HCG an abundance of time to tap into your fat reserves, which can take as long as 6-7 days. Finally, as discussed earlier in regard to Set Point Theory, you must remember that human physiology exists for our long term survival and any sudden decrease in calories can alarm the body into what is know as “starvation mode.” During starvation mode, our body actually becomes more efficient with its calories and more determined store them away in our fat cells, assuming that there is a scarcity in available food. This is the reason dieting is so difficult. In addition to battling our own questionable eating habits, we’re battling a physiological pre-disposition to store away fat. The loading phase of the HCG diet causes your liver enzymes to jump, which is suggested to prevent your body from entering into starvation mode. When your liver enzymes fall back to within normal limits, the HCG has already tapped into stored fat and is already supplying you with additional calories thus circumventing starvation mode, improving and facilitating rapid, but health weight loss.”

In addition, the increase in protein that you get in the HCG 2.0 protocol makes exercise a viable option. To learn more about exercise on your HCG Diet click here.


Dr. Zach


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