Weight loss is an important part of maintaining overall health. Although there are many weight loss programs and supplements on the market, it is important for individuals looking to lose weight, to find the proper regimens and supplements which will allow them to lose fat and maintain lean body mass (such as muscle), thereby ensuring the robust metabolism required for continued maintenance at their new lower, healthy weight.
A number of nutritional supplements on the market simply cause the body to shed large amounts of water; while these supplements appear to cause significant weight loss in the first few days, this kind of loss not only slows to a crawl, but can even be reversed over the course of the next few weeks, depending on the type of diet. Other weight loss supplements enhance the metabolism of the body, causing it to indiscriminately break down both fat, muscle, and bone. While some individuals can achieve significant amounts of weight loss with these supplements, this comes at a cost of reduced lean body mass and decreased metabolism, making it extremely easy to gain the weight back over the course of mere weeks.
Lastly, we come to the small category of unique nutritional weight loss supplements, which cause the body to burn fat, while sparing muscle. Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hcg) is a natural substance found in the blood of healthy men and women (with highest levels in pregnant women, who are changing their metabolism to nurture the fetus). As a supplement, hcg drops can be orally administered, and send signals to a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. When stimulated by hcg, the hypothalamus secretes hormones and other regulatory substances which cause the body to increase its energy output, selectively breaking down fat but not muscle. Consequently, hcg drops are a safe way to selectively enhance the ability of the body to burn fat and increase energy output, all with little or no effects on muscle. Hcg drops have few side effects, and are appropriate for all healthy individuals with the exception of pregnant or nursing women.