HOUSTON, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 60 year existence, the HCG diet, as published by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in his manuscript Pounds and Inches; A New Approach to Obesity, has helped millions achieve rapid weight loss. However, the diet has also frightened many away, particularly men, due to the strict 500 calorie protocol and confusion surrounding the actual mechanism and function of the HCG itself. In his new book, HCG 2.0 – Don't Starve, Eat Smart and Lose: A Modern Adaptation of the Traditional HCG Diet, author Dr. Zach LaBoube critiques the traditional HCG diet using current research in low-carb ketosis dieting, caloric ratios and basic food chemistry to offer a smarter alternative, explaining that a diet need not be the undertaking of a lifetime to yield life changing results.
The most common misunderstanding is that the HCG, in and of itself, produces weight loss, which is untrue. The weight loss is a result of decreased caloric intake. The role of the HCG is target weight loss so that the dieter can maintain muscle mass while strictly losing unwanted fat. Additionally, the HCG facilitates an entirely healthy metabolic process called ketosis. When the human body is deprived of carbohydrates, the fuel that provides us with energy, it must resort to its fat stores as an alternative. And although the HCG supplement facilitates ketosis, optimal levels can only be achieved by limiting carbohydrates. As Dr. Zach explains, "the more you help the HCG by limiting carbs, the more the HCG will help you."
On a given day, the traditional HCG diet may allow up to 80 grams of carbs in fruit, bread sticks and root vegetables. This is far too many to maintain an optimal level of ketosis, but what is more concerning to most medical professionals is the lack of protein in the traditional HCG diet protocol, especially for men. "The idea of limiting protein while allowing up to 80 grams of carbs per day is contrary to everything we now know about the physiology of ketosis and low-carb living," says Dr. Zach. Not only does this slow weight loss, but it also makes the dieter more hungry as they are not being supplied ketone calories from stored fat.
Yet another questionable feature of the traditional HCG diet is that it measures protein options, such as fish, chicken or beef, in grams rather than in calories; allowing only 100g of a selected protein item per meal. As a result, you're comparing apples to oranges, or, more literally, fish to beef. Depending on the cut, beef may contain triple the calories in a 100g portion than fish. HCG 2.0 uses precise food chemistry, which was primitive at best when the traditional HCG diet was originally developed, to provide a wider selection of protein options, while also increasing portion size of items higher in nutritional value, but void of empty calories that only contribute to weight gain.
Finally, the traditional HCG diet allows only 500 calories per day for each dieter, whether male or female, big or small. "This may be an adequate amount of calories for a small woman, but for the majority of us, it's not. Most men, as a result of greater muscle mass, will be protein deprived on 500 calories, especially when the calories are appropriated the way they are on the traditional diet with about half of them coming from carbohydrates." As a result, HCG 2.0 uses a BMR calculation to determine the amount of calories each individual dieter can consume based on their age, gender and physique.
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