You’ve most likely heard the recent hype about the Keto diet! It is certainly a diet that I would recommend for anyone to try if you have been following the HCG diet with injections/drops and would like to maintain your weight loss or if you are just getting tired of following the low calorie diet and feel like a break for a bit of variety.
Although it follows the basic principles of and is categorized as a ketogenic (keto), the HCG program is different from other diets in this category. The most noticeable difference is that the HCG plan includes injections or drops of the hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), but there are other subtle differences between the two, as well. Discover the key differences between the HCG and keto diets below:
Similarities Between the HCG and Keto Diets
First, like the ketogenic diet, the HCG plan is a low-carb diet designed to increase energy and weight loss. Keto diets use the body’s fat as a source of energy, meaning your body burns more fat in a shorter amount of time. On the HCG plan, HCG is a unique and necessary addition that helps the diet meet its goal – the same as every other keto plan – forcing the body into ketosis. Deprivation of carbohydrates forces the body into this harmless natural process, where the body breaks down fats in the liver and produces ketones. This results in stabilized hunger, increased weight loss, blood sugar control, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, and increased mental performance. Although, the HCG plan brings about ketosis, it’s still very different from the traditional low-carb diet.
Differences Between the HCG and Keto Diets
The key differences between the HCG and keto diets include:
- The HCG Plan Requires HCG Injections or Drops
- HCG is a Low-Calorie Diet
The ketogenic diet is low-carb, but there’s no set amount for caloric intake. In fact, there are no rules for the number of calories an individual on the keto diet can consume each day. Essentially, a dieter can eat as much as they want, but metabolism stabilization will help control the appetite. On the other hand, the HCG plan is a low calorie diet. Because of the addition of the HCG hormone, dieters only need very few calories per day. Plus, the low number of calories makes the plan more successful at providing large amounts of fat loss in a short period of time.
- HCG is a Low-Fat Diet
Another major difference between HCG and the keto diet is that the HCG Diet is low fat. The ketogenic diet is extremely high fat. In fact, 70% of the diet is made up of fats, including high-fat meats, dairy, vegetables and oils. This is because the diet relies on ketosis to use that fat and help the body burn it off quickly.
On the other hand, the HCG plan is low-fat, with the dominating principle of removing as much fat from the diet as possible, allowing the body to use the fat in its fat stores. Fat stored in the belly, buttocks and thighs is used up, targeting and getting rid of fat specifically in those areas. The low-fat diet helps make the fat-burning process faster and more effective, so dieters have the opportunity to lose more weight during the plan.