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Medical Weight Loss – The hCG Diet

The hCG Diet protocol is centered on losing and maintaining weight by reducing your calorie count to 500 calories per day, while taking daily injections of hCG, or the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone for a 21 to 40 day period. This combination helps to reset your metabolism to ensure long term weight loss. Pairing the hCG with a very low calorie diet allows abnormal fat deposits which are stored in your upper arms, hips, thighs, buttocks and shoulders to be circulated and used by the body. The hCG actually releases 1500-4000 calories per day into the bloodstream which is why clients taking hCG are generally not hungry and have plenty of energy. This is the ONLY justification why it is reasonable to be on a 500 calorie plan. Without the hCG releasing the abnormal fat, and therefore distributing many calories into the bloodstream, the patient would look drawn, be starving and be facing nutritional deficiency.

Most diets initiate weight loss by depleting your structural fat which cushions your organs and your normal fat reserves. However, they are slow to affect the abnormal fat which is stored in your shoulders, upper arms, hips, thighs, and buttocks, which seem to have only one possible solution: hCG.  Besides accessing the abnormal fat deposits, hCG can also positively affect your hypothalamus and your base metabolism. The hCG Diet detoxifies your entire system and provides a rest from the overload of the usual food and drinks you consume by replacing that intake with only a small amount of healthy foods to be processed in your body.  Some experts feel this detox allows your hypothalamus to purge itself of the chemical build-up that could be preventing weight loss and revives the natural functioning and hormone release of the hypothalamus.

There are several variations and protocols of the original hCG diet. However interpreted, the consumption of foods such as sweet fruits, starches, eggs and milk are carefully limited or omitted during the treatment process. The hCG diet also limits the use of certain topical products such as lotions, lip balm and conditioners which contain fatty substances and harmful chemicals that may react with or defeat the purpose of the hCG.

 

Is HCG Safe?

HCG is very safe. Women may experience very high levels during pregnancy with no adverse effects. Currently there are no known established clinical side effects, but as with any diet we recommend that you consult with your physician prior to starting and if you have any swelling, shortness of breath, dizziness or heavy redness consult a doctor or medical professional immediately.

Is hCG safe for men?

The hCG hormone is naturally present in men. It is found in every human tissue, including males, pregnant women, and non-pregnant women. Men get even faster results and tend to lose more weight than women.

If hCG works so well for weight loss, why don’t pregnant women lose weight?

HCG works to mobilize fat for utilization by the body only when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat. For weight loss, a very low calorie diet of all the right foods is used to trigger hCG to help rid the body of fat.

Won’t my metabolism slow down if I am on a very low calorie diet?

It is true that normally when cutting back on calories and fat, our body stores fat and our metabolism slows down. But when a very low calorie diet is used in combination with the hCG, the hormone signals the body to use stored fat for energy and eliminates excess fat reserves. It is a natural process, so no negative effects on your metabolism will result. The hCG keeps the body from going into starvation mode as well as fueling your metabolism.

Wouldn’t I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low calorie diet without hCG?

You can lose weight simply by eating fewer calories and fat, but because the body stores fat during times of deprivation, you will most likely lose muscle and bone before fat. This causes cellular metabolism to slow down, so in the long run, it would make gaining weight easier, as well as decrease bone density and muscle mass. By using HCG with the low calorie diet, extra fat is mobilized for energy and the rest is eliminated; the low calorie diet is vital in preventing immediate refilling of emptied fat cells. You benefit by getting rid of excess fat without affecting your bone and muscle.

Will I get hungry?

It is common to feel mild hunger during the first few days. This will pass and by the second week you will find your servings to be satisfying. Because HCG mobilizes fat and makes it available to the body as an energy source, it naturally reduces appetite. So even though you are taking in fewer calories, your body can access the energy you have stored in fat cells. Drinking lots of the green tea all day helps as a natural appetite suppressant and your energy level. Overall, most people have plenty of energy and feel good while on the program.

Will HCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking? What about birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections?

HCG formulas do not interact with ANY medications, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera.

 Will I experience any changes in my menstrual cycle taking HCG?

Because the amount of HCG is so small, there are no changes to your menstrual cycle. Likewise, HCG will not affect your ability to become pregnant, nor will it increase your chances of getting pregnant. It is best to avoid starting the HCG diet if you are within 5-6 days of your menstrual period. Wait until after your menstrual period is complete to start HCG. Once on HCG and you have a menstrual cycle, you can maintain the diet and continue taking HCG.

What about pregnancy and taking HCG?

If you are pregnant do not take HCG. If you become pregnant during the HCG diet, stop taking HCG and consult your OB-GYN.

How much weight can I expect to lose on the program?

Most people will lose between 25-35 pounds on the 40 day program. Everyone is different. It depends on many factors including how much excess weight you have and how much weight needs to be lost. Often, people lose 7-10 lbs. in the first week.

Does the weight loss slow down after the first two weeks?

Many times there is a large amount of weight loss in the first week, then a plateau or leveling off of weight loss. This does not mean that your weight loss has stopped. Typically, inches are being lost continuously while on the program, and after a period of time, patients will experience another large drop on the scale.

Is it ok to skip a meal or protein at one of my meals?

No, never skip any of your meals. It’s important to eat all of your 500 calories and especially your protein, so that you lose fat and not muscle.

Can I exercise daily?

Exercise is not required or advised. If you must exercise, do low impact exercise only such as 20 minutes of walking and a few sit ups or push-ups if you feel that is needed. Exercise burns calories and therefore causes your hunger to increase. The combination of low calorie intake and exercise could cause your body to go into starvation mode. This can negatively impact your stamina and commitment to the diet. So try to take it easy.

Should I take vitamins while doing this diet?

We recommend taking B12 every day. The sublingual B is the recommended B supplement because it is in liquid form and is absorbed right in your system. This will increase with energy and increase your metabolism. Also a good multivitamin helps, make sure it is sugar free and has no fat soluble ingredients like fish oils or vitamin D. Potassium is also helpful especially if you experience leg cramps (which can be common while on this diet). Calcium/magnesium in combination is also recommended to take as needed.

Is it normal to get a headache during the first week?

Some people may experience light headaches during the first week, this is because your body is releasing fat cells very rapidly and you will be going through a major detoxification. You may take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen as long as it is not sugar coated.

Can I wear makeup?

Yes, but try to avoid lotions, moisturizers or liquid make-ups with oil. HCG is very sensitive to oils, creams and fats. These could slow the weight loss process down; you only want it to target your stored fat. You can use any mineral makeup or pressed powders and of course oil free foundations are fine. Other types of eye makeup and lipstick are fine. Stay away from lip glosses and Chapstick. If your lips get dry the protocol says to use Carmex. It also says if needed you can use mineral oil (baby oil) if needed as a moisturizer.

What do I do if my weight loss plateaus?

If the weight loss slows try the following:

  • Increase water consumption (try to drink ½ -1gallon a day) and or green tea consumption.
  • Reduce eating fruits from two to one per day.
  • If mixing vegetables, stop.
  • Check all condiments for sugar content.
  • If having constipation problems, try a laxative tea. This is usually very effective. It is not uncommon on this diet to have a bowel movement once every 3-4 days, as long as you are consuming plenty of fluids.
  • If weight loss has hit a plateau for more than 5-6 days an “Apple Day” may be observed. In an “Apple Day” you consume 6 apples within 24 hours with nothing else to eat or drink except water.

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Learn more from the founder of the hCG Diet:

Pounds & Inches: A NEW APPROACH TO OBESITY BY DR. A.T.W. SIMEONS