Stepping into the weight room can be an intimidating situation when you have a bird chest or spaghetti arms. If you want to increase muscle mass, HCG may be a solution. HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone produced during pregnancy and is mainly used to treat infertility, according to MayoClinic.com, but its use has become a trend in bodybuilding. HCG is believed to enhance testosterone levels, which aids in muscle gains. The HCG program consists of injections or oral droplets of the hormone partnered with a calorie-restricted diet, which is believed to promote weight loss. Combining HCG with an intense strength training program can help you see sizeable gains in muscle mass.
Consult your physician before starting the HCG program. Ask your doctor about any possible complications or side effects associated with HCG, especially if you have health conditions.
Visit your doctor for a prescription for HCG injections or oral drops. Take the HCG hormone according to your doctor's recommendations. Don’t increase your dosage in an attempt to improve your results.
Follow a calorie-restricted diet to work with the HCG hormone, suggests Body Building HCG. Consume two meals per day consisting of a protein and complex carbohydrate, adding up to 250 calories each. Have a 3.5 oz. serving of grilled tilapia and 3.5 oz. of green beans.
Lift weights three to four days per week. Use dumbbells, body weight or exercise bands for resistance. Include compound or multi-joint exercises that work multiple muscles at one time to quickly increase lean muscle mass, according to Bodybuilding.com. Perform exercises like lunges, push-ups, chest press, tricep dips, squats and military press. Do four sets of 12 repetitions for each exercise. Lift heavy to challenge your muscles and encourage growth. Completing a set of 12 repetitions should be difficult.
Check in with your doctor frequently to track your progress on the HCG program.
500 calories per day as required by the HCG program is well below the 2,000-calorie-per-day minimum recommended for healthy adults by the USDA. Consult your physician before starting the HCG program.