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Introduction

HCG diet is one of the most popular types of weight loss programs in the couple of years, and one can hear about it on TV, in the magazines and on the Internet. It is constantly debated whether it is safe to use or not, and if it can be associated with any side effects. Many people still question its efficiency. The method of weight loss is a rather unconventional one because it involves the use of HCG drops or injections combined with a very strict regime of low calorie diet. Numerous different sources have confirmed that men usually use HCG weight loss program much more frequently than women, which is a very interesting fact. One cannot help but wonder if it is equally safe for use both by men and women. 

Safety Issues

One should be well informed about the HCG weight loss program before even beginning to use one. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and it is actually a certain type of hormone secreted by the placenta in the female body during the pregnancy. It is in charge of maintaining a healthy pregnancy but it also serves certain other sorts of purposes in the human body. It is responsible for signaling the hypothalamus located in the brain and telling it when to use up the accumulated fat deposits in order to produce more energy. Based on these facts, certain scientists have developed a theory which claims that HCG supplements in the form of drops or injections can be of great help for all those who want to lose excess weight. In order to lose that unwanted weight one also has to follow a very strict, low calorie diet regime.

Foods that contain plenty of oils, sugars and starches need to be avoided completely, as one has to focus on organic food items which are rich in protein. The regime lasts for 42 days, and during the beginning phase of the diet, one is not allowed to intake more than 500 calories on a regular daily basis. Only after a while it is allowed to switch to ingestion of 1000 calories per day. The main problem lies in the fact that such rapid changes in the body may lead to various different types of side effects, and the most common ones usually include irritability, restlessness, food cravings, frequent headaches, fatigue, weakness and similar symptoms. People usually prefer drops or pill over the injections because they do not involve any discomfort or painful sensations. 

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