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How the HCG Diet Works

Every year, it seems like the media finds a new diet to tout -- along with the clinics that cater to the fad and customers who swear by the results. Fads in recent years include the South Beach Diet (choosing low-carbohydrate foods), the Atkins Diet (radically reducing carbohydrates), the baby food diet (replacing some meals with baby food) and the Master Cleanse (adopting a liquid diet comprised mainly of lemon or lime juice).

                    THE HCG DIET OVERVIEW

HCG is not another diet pill or another artificial appetite suppressant.  HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a natural water based hormone present in both men and women.  It is however produced in great amounts in pregnant females.  HCG acts like a key to unlock the entrance to the bodies stored fat reserves. 

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HCG, Fat and Pregnancy

In 1927, researchers discovered that pregnant women's urine contained a substance not normally present outside of pregnancy: human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. This represented the first modern pregnancy test, and to this day, we still check urine for signs of hCG to determine pregnancy. Doctors also look at hCG levels (among other factors) in pregnant women to assess risk of birth defect.

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