Who is a candidate for the hCG Diet and Weight Loss Program?
If you’re struggling to lose 10 pounds or more and especially if you want to lose central body fat where it tends to collect—think ‘muffin top’ the hCG Diet & Weight Loss Program may be for you. The excess fat you find yourself struggling with is known as visceral fat which lies under the muscles and can’t be reached by traditional body sculpting methods such as liposuction or CoolSculpting.
hCG hormones cause the hypothalamus to rally the fat out of fat storage so it’s available for use. The hCG diet calls for a daily caloric intake of 500 calories but as the hypothalamus continually releases fat stores, your body is actually operating on thousands of calories a day. hCG dieters lose an average of 4 to7 pounds per week while following the strict diet protocol. 500 calories may not sound like much but you’re actually getting the nutrition of a 2000-calorie a day diet.
What is hCG?
hCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women and which almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout pregnancy.
NOTE: The hCG used in the hCG diet protocols is a variation of the form used for fertility treatments and is given in much smaller doses. The hCG we use for medical purposes is created in laboratories from sterile cells and is not extracted from women or animal urine.
The hCG Protocol
Dr. A. T. W. Simeons first introduced his weight loss program in the 1950’s, but it did not gain acceptance in America until decades later. As a result of his research, today many Americans are aware of his diet. Dr. Simeon’s research was the first to suggest a link between hormones, obesity, and the weight regulatory center in our brain.
He discovered that by using bio-identical hormones, which exist naturally in the body, in combination with a very-low-calorie-diet that extra fat deposits would be forced into the bloodstream and burned as energy. The end result is that problem-fat storage areas such as the belly, buttocks, love handles and thighs begin to shrink.
Benefits of hCG
Many dieters have tried many other diets with limited success most often regaining the lost weight within months after discontinuing it. We have seen these same patients report losing fat from areas of their body that they have never been able to lose from before, while having more energy and less hunger than with other VLCDs. With rapid weight loss you normally experience loss in muscle and not fat, which can result in sagging or loose skin. However, with this diet you will maintain your muscle mass and lose only fat.
In our clinic we closely follow Dr.Simeons’ original protocol which uses daily pharmaceutical-grade hormone injections, along with a low-carbohydrate calorie-restricted diet. Other clinics might recommend ‘easier’ forms of hormone administration such as oral drops, nasal sprays, or creams and gels absorbed through the skin. The truth is that unless hCG is injected, the amount actually getting into the body can vary up to 400% from one individual to another.
Our program includes:
- Office visit and explanation of the program, risks, benefits and costs
- A supply of hormone, syringes and needles
- Training in the self-administration of the daily injections
- Orientation and description of the specific 500-calorie diet
- Weekly visits to check current weight and access progress
- A comprehensive Weight Management and Nutrition Manual to help you maintain your weight loss after the diet, if requested.
- A copy of Dr. Simeons book Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity
Patients who commit to the program will see typical weight loss of about 5 pounds per week. A maintenance diet is then recommended for a few weeks to help reset the “appetite control center” in the hypothalamus.
We don’t guarantee the results as they are highly dependent on the patient’s compliance and adhering to the strict protocols the diet calls for in order to achieve optimal success.