See, we're talking apples and oranges here.
The HCG allows my brain to say "Hey! You know what? Go ahead and start burning all that fat you have stored for energy - you don't need to worry about getting energy from what you eat, we have it all right here already!"
Currently my Base Metabolic Rate (BMR) is 1,494 (I'll round it up to an even 1,500 calories.) That means, if I laid in bed all day without moving an inch, 1,500 calories is what my body burns just to stay alive. Adding to that my regular daily activity means that my body is very efficiently burning AT LEAST 1,500 calories per day from my fat stores, and in reality burning a few THOUSAND calories per day. Since I'm only taking in 500 calories in food during protocol, my body is primarily using my fat for energy. One pound is about 3,500 calories. And, that is reflected in the weight loss I experience every single day, more or less. About .5 to 1 pound (or more) every day. Of FAT. HCG is an amazing
Many of us have either a burning calories issue (i.e. chemical problem) or sadly, plain and simply an eating problem. If it worked for us to get there, the reverse should work for most of us.
That's what you would assume, but that's not how the brain, the hypothalmus, specifically, works. Very simply, an abnormally functioning endocrine system will tell the body to abnormally store fat in varying degrees, regardless of how much they eat. HCG allows the brain to tell the body to access those fat stores, and then be RESET to a normal function, so that your body doesn't store fat abnormally anymore.
Unfortunately, when one does a traditional calorie-restricted diet, you are first losing your GOOD fat stores - your structural fat - before ever touching your saddlebags. You basically have to starve yourself and all your normal, good fat off (about 25 pounds worth) before it burns off anything else. There is no WONDER that there is such a rebound rate for traditional dieters. It is simply too hard to be in starvation mode for a prolonged period of time, and then your body wants to hold on to whatever amount of calories you're taking in, to protect itself from starvation. It's a vicious cycle.
HCG allows your body to bypass burning your good fat stores first, and immediately start burning your abnormal fat stores instead. That's why people who do the HCG protocol don't get that hollow look about the face and neck that traditional dieters might, due to the loss of normal, structural fat.
I regularly test my urine with ketone testing strips to make sure that my body is in ketosis and burning high amounts of fat for energy. The test strip instantly turns darkest purple, meaning that my body is burning lots of fat and throwing out high levels of ketones in my urine.
Since yesterday I've lost another 1.6 pounds. I can actually see myself shrinking from week to week. I expect to finish losing the last 25 pounds (75 pounds total) by the end of November.
Honestly, I find that explaining the HCG protocol to a doubter is like explaining how amazing Ashas are to a diamond snob. You just won't fully grasp it unless you read the "Pounds & Inches" manuscript by Dr. Simeone.
BTW, I wouldn't give HCG to my worst enemy either!! hehe