HCG – Just About the Most Successful Weight Loss Program in the World
Human Choriogonadrotropic hormone or HCG as it is commonly known, is currently one of the most successful weight loss programs available. This is a medically supervised protocol that results in safe, rapid weight loss ranging from 15-25 pounds a month. With HCG, the areas of unwanted fat or difficult areas appear to be specifically targeted.
Why do Most Diets Fail?
Most people go on a diet to lose weight, but most – if they lose any weight at all — fail to keep it off. There are a number of reasons for this, chief among which are:
- Most people don’t have the willpower or discipline to stay with any weight loss program, especially when they feel restricted, deprived or regimented.
- All humans are as unique biochemically as they are physically. Thus, biochemical and nutritional needs vary considerably among the population. These needs vary because of hypothyroidism, medications, genetics, metabolic type, hormonal imbalance, pollution, lifestyle, excess insulin response to carbohydrate consumption, and overall health. These combined factors indicate that all people should not have the same diet. Therefore, their diet, exercise plan and lifestyle choices must be unique, too. This is why 95% of weight loss diets fail.
Small wonder that the inability to lose weight, known as weight loss resistance, is so common today it is considered an epidemic.
The best way to shed pounds safely and permanently is through a lifestyle modification in accordance with your body’s state of health, metabolic and hormonal status, and nutritional needs. Only the proper balance of foods, exercise, and supplementation will correct excess insulin production, neurotransmitter and hormonal balance to restore damaged metabolism and aid in appetite control.
It’s really NOT about self control, starvation or deprivation. Research has proven that calorie restriction alone does not work as a method to lose weight. Correct supplementation achieves appetite control. Then, working with the foods you enjoy, you’ll learn to balance your intake to maximize your metabolism. You’ll learn the tools to emotional eating, defeat cravings and achieve lasting success.
These are some of the reasons many physicians today routinely prescribe HCG for weight loss. Dr. Denise Brunner of Arlington, Virginia the Former President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians states that, “when it comes to weight loss, HCG has proven to be a miracle for many patients who previously failed multiple programs.” Dr. Bruner notes that “HCG was a hot topic at our last bariatric conference and many of my colleagues are using it in their practice.”
Our HCG integrated weight loss solution is unique in the field of weight management because we focus on the real reasons you have previously been unsuccessful in achieving your weight loss goals. Through individualized integration of state-of-the-art testing and therapies, we heal damaged metabolism that has blocked your ability to reach and maintain your ideal figure.
Because no two people are exactly alike, a comprehensive medical assessment will determine these factors – and the actual causes behind your unwanted weight gain – so that an individualized and supervised permanent weight loss program can be customized just for you.
This assessment – your metabolic makeover program – includes:
- An initial physical exam, EKG, and laboratory testing evaluation of hormonal balance and metabolism typing
- Comprehensive nutritional assessment and metabolic typing
- Your individualized program is medically monitored and adjusted weekly by our experienced staff
- Supplement recommendations that are targeted to your specific health needs
- Professional Tanita Body Composition Analysis to assess and monitor body fat and basal metabolic rate
The program addresses the full spectrum of weight management factors, such as:
- Comprehensive metabolic profile
- Typing and treatment recommendations
- Feeding Your Brain: Utilizing NeuroResearch’s proven Neurotransmitter Balancing System and Computerized Success Program
- Areas of weight loss resistance
- The right kind of exercise
- Detoxification programs: eliminating toxic chemicals that block weight loss
- Eliminating emotional triggers for eating
- Identification and elimination of food intolerance and allergens that cause weight retention and craving
- The effect of sleep and stress on weight
- How to drop body fat
- Plateau busters
Both men and women benefit.
This program may include the HCG hormone that, when administered as part of a properly supervised medical protocol, can target specific areas of unwanted fat, particularly fat that has been difficult to remove through dieting, such as saddlebags (fat stored around the hips, thighs and buttocks), back fat, love handles, and in the banana roll (excess fat between the buttock and the back of the thigh).
The only reliable way to enjoy the benefits of HCG is as an injection under the supervision of a physician.
The History of HCG
The HCG diet was created by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons. His diet was based on giving overweight young boys HCG, and once on HCG, these young men lost the abnormal fat deposits in the buttocks and thighs. Dr. Simeons postulated that the Diencephalon area of the brain, which regulates metabolic process, was functioning improperly to regulate fat accumulation.
Dr. Simeons’ work basically states that patients taking HCG will lose abnormal pockets of fat but will spare normal fat while on the HCG Diet. His diet calls for a low-fat diet with limited calories (500 calories per day). The basic premise is that if you consume fat while on HCG you will store it, and if you don’t eat fat you will break it down.
Is HCG Right for Me?
HCG is a safe and effective way to lose unwanted body fat. However, an individual assessment will determine if HCG is medically appropriate for you.
In our office, we often see patients who are not considered to be overweight but have localized fat deposits on their abdomen, saddlebags, back and love handles. HCG has had remarkable success in removing fat from these areas where diet and exercise often fail.
We have also seen a broad-range of patients who needed to lose 20-30 pounds. Typically, these patients have lost the unwanted weight in 6 weeks with the HCG diet.
Especially for those who need to lose 50 pounds or more, HCG is an excellent option.
HCG Injections vs. Drops
Homeopathic HCG drops are quite popular on the Internet and in vitamin and health food stores, but since HCG drops go to the stomach, their proteins are broken down into amino acids and not reassembled into HCG. Although some customers say they have lost weight using HCG drops, others have not. Most physicians see the drops as some sort of scam to take advantage of patients who are interested in using HCG for weight loss. Doing a Google search reveals that a large amount of information is really vendors trying to peddle homeopathic HCG drops.
With this in mind it is necessary to look the HCG molecule and how it works. HCG is composed of 2 very large proteins. There is an alpha and a beta unit. To help understand the significance of this, let’s create the following analogy: Think of sodium as being the size of dime and HCG as being the size of a dining room table. Sodium can be absorbed via the tongue because it is really small when compared to HCG. Using HCG drops makes it impossible for it to get absorbed directly through the tongue. Since it is impossible to be absorbed, then you will eventually have to swallow it.
Swallowing any protein molecule will result in the protein being digested in the stomach and being broken into the individual building blocks of amino acids. Once the amino acids enter the intestine and they are not reassembled as HCG, they are absorbed as individual amino acids and the body then will use the amino acids where it is needed. It will not be reassembled into HCG. Taking HCG drops should therefore not logically work. Yet there are people who will swear it works and then there are those who have felt betrayed because they did not obtain the results they had hoped for.
Dr. Sica always cautions her patients that if they took a pregnancy test while on HCG, the test will be positive despite the fact they may not be pregnant. This is one way of determining if you are getting real HCG. The interesting thing about the oral HCG drops is that they claim you will not get a positive pregnancy test. This indicates that there is either no real HCG in the homeopathic drops or that the HCG is not getting absorbed.
Famous TV talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz presented an entire show on the HCG diet. On this program he recommended that prospective patients seek the supervision of a physician and stay away from “homeopathic HCG.” He advised his audience that he could not recommend homeopathic HCG because homeopathic remedies are unregulated and as such he did not know what was in the preparation.
With injectable HCG we know we are injecting a biologically active molecule directly into the body and it is not being subjected to the digestive juices of the stomach. We can do a pregnancy test and it will confirm you have received HCG. Dr. Sica’s opinion is in agreement with that of Dr. Oz; namely, that if you are considering the HCG diet, then you should really use injectable HCG under the supervision of a physician.
HCG for Men
Injectable HCG has been used routinely for men and boys for several conditions. It has been FDA approved for boys between age 4-9 with undescended testicle(s) and it is one of the earliest medical uses of HCG. Young boys are given shots of HCG to help the testicle descend into the scrotum at doses starting at 4000 units, which is much higher than is used as part of a weight loss program.
The other FDA-approved indication for men is in the treatment of low testosterone or hypogonadism. Some men start losing the ability to produce testosterone earlier than expected due to pituitary gland deficiency, and some men do not want to take testosterone as replacement therapy. These men may opt to use HCG to increase their testosterone levels.
HCG is used off label (not FDA approved for this particular use) in men who are receiving medical care for low testosterone or hypogonadism to prevent testicular atrophy. Testicular atrophy can take approximately 1-3 months to manifest. Some physicians opt to treat their patients for atrophy concurrently while on testosterone replacement therapy with HCG injections to prevent testicular atrophy.
Another common use of HCG is to prevent testicular atrophy by bodybuilders. Bodybuilders who abuse steroids develop testicular atrophy, which is commonly referred to as “shrinkage.” They usually undergo cycles of steroid use. By taking steroids they will eventually stop producing their own natural testosterone. Once the testicles stop producing testosterone, they will shrink. To resolve this side effect, they take HCG via injection to return the testicle to its normal state and function.
Testosterone in men improves many physiological functions, including increased libido, strength, endurance, focus and concentration. In addition, testosterone has the ability to facilitate the lipolysis or the breakdown of fat.
Men who are overweight typically have low testosterone and elevated estrogen. Thus, HCG makes for a logical choice. Men following an HCG diet will show an increase in serum testosterone with an overall increase in their sense of well being while on the HCG diet. So, in addition to losing weight, the HCG diet offers secondary benefits for men.
When HCG is used for weight loss, is used off label at the discretion of the physician if he feels it is in the best interest of the patient.
HCG for Women
HCG is FDA approved for women as an infertility drug. This is the only indication for this drug in women. In women, HCG is used in anovulatory women to stimulate ovulation. When used in weight loss, it is used off label.
Since HCG is an infertility drug, women who are using it for weight loss should be aware that they have a high risk of getting pregnant. They should therefore take appropriate precautions to prevent pregnancy while on the HCG diet. On a side note, the HCG dose used for weight loss is 150 to 250 units; in infertility the dose can be up to 5000 units per day.
The presence of HCG in the urine during a pregnancy test indicates pregnancy. While on HCG, one cannot distinguish a positive pregnancy test from a negative. Thus, if you think you are pregnant, you must consult with your physician or gynecologist.
Women who are being treated for weight loss report that they have decreased hunger, decreased food cravings and increased energy levels. Patients all report they can see results on their scales on a daily basis. More importantly they all report they are losing fat in previously stubborn areas such as the saddlebags, back fat, etc. The treatment program is typically 4-6 weeks and be repeated until target weight goal is met.
The HCG Diet
There are several aspects of the diet, with the most important being the ability to give oneself a single injection on a daily basis. Most patients are a little indifferent about doing a daily injection, but once the program is explained in detail, they are willing to proceed with the self training. Once on the program, the injections should be performed daily at the same time each day.
The diet normally consists of a maximum of 500 calories per day. One of the most important premises of the diet is the use of fat and oils. On the HCG diet, you are not allowed to eat and drink foods which contain fats or oil. The reasoning behind this is that when a woman is pregnant she makes and stores fat to feed the fetus. So with HCG, you are tricking the body to think it is pregnant and if you don’t eat fat, then you will break down fat.
Many skeptics are concerned about the limited calories on this diet. So, let’s do the math. Each pound of fat is 3500 calories. Thus if you have to lose 20 pounds you will multiply 3500 × 20 = 70,000 calories to burn. Think of fat as money and calories is the currency. Your fat deposits are your savings and if you have to lose 20 pounds (70,000 calories) you have lots of resources in your bank to spend and you need to stop making caloric deposits.
The fat restriction is not only limited to what you ingest but what you put on the skin. Shampoo, hair conditioner, body lotion and skin cream all contain some fat. Applying these products to the skin once on HCG may affect your results as some of the fat may get absorbed through the skin. Dr. Sica tells her patients that a small amount of skin lotion is not going to make you overweight; if it did, we would have 100 percent obesity.
There is no exercise requirement on the HCG diet; in fact it is advised not to exercise at all. Dr. Sica does advocate a healthy lifestyle change and recommends walking 20-25 minutes a day or light cardiovascular activity on alternate days. Rebounding for 10-30 minutes twice a day, using a ReboundAIR, is more effective in weight loss and toning than other forms of exercise. While on the program it is essential to start developing good lifestyle habits.
HCG Diet Taught at Medical Conferences
While many main stream physicians may remain skeptical about the use of HCG in the treatment of obesity and weight loss, medical conferences are offering lectures and training on the HCG Diet/Dr. Simeons protocol. This topic is usually greeted with a lot of enthusiasm at medical conferences.
Medical conferences which offer Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME) are certified and approved by the American Council on Continuing Medical Education. Each State Medical Board has different requirements as to the number of CME credits a physician must complete between licensure renewal periods. Physicians must meet the minimum amount of credits to renew their license. With this in mind, CMEs obtained by physicians attending medical conferences where the HCG Diet is taught can use these CME credits for re-licensure.
The number of physicians offering HCG treatment for weight loss is quickly increasing. It is important for patients to know their doctors did receive the appropriate training prior to offering this service in their practice.
As with any medication, there are some side effects associated with HCG. These side effects are rare. But if you think you have or are having a side effect from HCG, contact your physician or go to the emergency room.
Hair loss is a reported but rare side effect of HCG injections. On his show, Dr. Oz had a few women who experienced hair loss. Usually, once the HCG is stopped the hair loss should resolve itself.
Nausea and vomiting are a listed side effect of HCG, but again this is rare, because the dose of HCG given for infertility is extremely high when compared to the weight loss dose. If you do develop these symptoms you really need to make sure that you are not pregnant.
Whenever you break the skin, regardless of purpose, there is a risk of skin infection. Prior of starting on an HCG program, patients are taught to perform self injections using sterile technique and universal precautions. With a skin infection there will be redness, heat and swelling; if you have any of these symptoms please contact your doctor immediately.
Black and blue marks are a more common complication of any injections, which can occur from breaking veins during in injection. Part of the injection training involves inspecting the area to be injected to look for small veins. These usually resolve by themselves in 5-7 days.
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