The hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), naturally produced in a pregnant woman’s body, allows the embryo to draw fat from her reserves and grow. Whereas a low calorie diet over a period of time starts eroding the muscle mass instead of fat, HCG combined with a 500 calorie per day diet burns the excess fat and keeps the muscle tissues intact. The most common method of delivering HCG into the body is by using HCG drops. They are affordable, convenient and have a long life. Further, studies have shown that it may be beneficial to include vitamin B12 supplementation to the HCG diet.
Vitamin B12, also known as the energy vitamin, is not a supplement that contributes to weight loss. It is considered as a slimming aid because of its ability to increase energy levels. Since vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin and its loss from the body is common, it leads to depression and fatigue. People who have vitamin B12 deficiency do not feel like exercising and tend to eat sweets to overcome fatigue. Studies have shown that 1 in 4 people have vitamin B12 deficiency and 1 in 2 has suboptimal levels of the vitamin in their body.
Further, strict vegetarians are prone to have vitamin B12 deficiency as animal products are the best food sources for the ingestion of this vitamin. Even vegetarians who consume milk products and eggs may face the risk of having low levels of vitamin B12 in their bodies. This is because their consumption is less than half of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of the vitamin for adults. As people who are on a HCG diet have calorie restrictions, they are also prone to have low body level of the vitamin.
As such, it is important to supplement an HCG diet meal plan with vitamin B12 to boost energy levels, enhance digestion and ensure the health of the nervous system. The benefits associated with B12 vitamin supplementation can be summarized as follows:
- Energy production.
- Support for the immune system.
- Helps in the regulation of red blood cells’ formation.
- Helps the body to utilize iron.
- Improves digestion, absorption of food and metabolism of carbohydrates and fat.
- Contributes to the health of the nervous system.
- Supports cell formation and longevity.
- Supports blood circulation as well as adrenal hormone production.
- Boosts body’s immunity to diseases.
- Induces good mood and a sense of well-being.
- Aids memory, concentration and mental clarity.
The HCG diet plan calls for regular usage of HCG drops with a restriction in the caloric intake to 500 calories per day. However, the challenge is to remain fit while on the HCG fat loss program. Vitamin supplementation, especially vitamin B12, therefore, assumes utmost importance. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause headaches, shortness of breath, swelling of the face and nausea. Therefore, combining the HCG diet and vitamin B12 supplementation can contribute to rapid fat loss. Oral drops, the most popular way in which HCG is taken, are being fortified with vitamin B12 in view of the benefits that it can provide. Furthermore, the HCG gets absorbed into the blood in less than 5 minutes as the sublingual drops come in pre-diluted form.