The traditional HCG diet developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons called for the use of the injected form of HCG, but today there is available the HCG alternative, which makes the weight loss program far more affordable and convenient. No longer are dieters locked into the formerly, strictly supervised medical weight loss program that many celebrities have used to achieve and maintain their thin physiques.

Read the HCG protocol before you get started
Dieters can order the HCG alternative along with their vitamin B12 supplements, read and follow Dr. Simeon’s original protocol, “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity.” It is available freely online in both a print format and as an audio program that can be downloaded to a portable .mp3 player.

If you don’t have time to read it, you can listen to it as you do other things. Nevertheless, if you plan to follow the HCG diet plan you should be thoroughly familiar with Dr. Simeons’ protocol and both the science and the thinking behind his approach.

The HCG alternative appeals to celebrities and average people alike because it is a program that can help you to quickly lose weight and lose fat to re-sculpt your body.

The details of the HCG diet plan
So what exactly is the HCG diet plan? You begin by purchasing either the injected form of HCG, or the more cost-effective and convenient HCG alternative that comes in liquid form. It is administered by placing droplets under the tongue twice daily. In addition to the recommended vitamin B12 supplements, you would follow the strict, 500 calories per day weight loss program as outlined by Dr. Simeons in the above-mentioned book.

The HCG diet plan begins with a few days of calorie loading in an effort to build up the normal fat stores in the body in preparation for beginning the HCG dosing. On the third day when the HCG will begin to take effect in the body, you switch to the 500-calorie program.

Only 500 calories a day?
You might wonder how on earth someone can survive for any length of time on 500 calories in an entire day, when you can go to almost any fast food restaurant and order just a sandwich that far exceeds 500 calories. But the unique feature about the HCG alternative is that when it is in the bloodstream it signals the brain to start liberating and burning those abnormal fat stores that might be plumping up your tummy, hips, thighs, upper arms, back and face right now. That stored, abnormal fat is burned and used for both fuel and nutrition so that you won’t feel weak and famished as you go about your day.

There are many websites that have lots of recipes that follow HCG alternative diet guidelines. In fact, you can find entire books dedicated to the very low calorie diet. Try some of those recipes to add some variety to your meals while on the program.

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