hCG Weight Loss Program
35 lbs. in just 6 weeks
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is hCG and how does it work?
The medical term for HCG is Human Chorionic Gonaditropin, but is more commonly known as the "pregnancy hormone". It is a natural water-based hormone produced in our bodies with many functions. During pregnancy, the placenta produces hCG which allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both mother and fetus. For weight loss, we use only a very small amount of hCG to capitalize on this same mechanism. Using hCG in this manner does not mimic pregnancy and can be safely used by both men and women.
Is hCG safe?
hCG, used mainly for fertility, hypogonadism, and other hormonal issues is extremely safe. All women experience very high levels during the nine months of every pregnancy with no adverse effects. The small amount we use for weight loss has generally no side effects.
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. A starvation state must exist for hCG to work. For weight loss, we use a very low calorie diet to trigger hCG to help rid the body of fat.
Wouldn't I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low calorie diet without hCG?
You can lose weight by simply 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 preferentially getting rid of excess fat without affecting your bone and muscle.
The hCG diet is very low calorie, will I get hungry?
It is common for mild hunger during the first few days, however this will pass and usually by the 2nd week, you will find even very tiny servings, to be completely satisfying. This is partly due to your hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but mostly due to the amount of calories circulating in your system from the fat being mobilized. Commonly hCG dieters feel as though they are stuffing themselves in order to reach that 500 calorie limit. Overall, most people have plenty of energy and feel good while on the program.
Will my metabolism slow down if I'm on a very low calorie diet?
Yes, normally when we cut back our calories and fat, our bodies store fat and our metabolism slow down. This happens because fat is really a life-saving source of stored energy. When a very low calorie diet is used in conjunction with the hCG, the hormone signals the body to use stored fat for energy, and eliminates excess fat reserves. It's a natural process, so no ill effects on your metabolism should result.
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.
How much weight can I expect to lose on the program?
On average, most people report a loss of 1 to 2 lbs a day. This ranges from about 0.5 pound to 3 + lbs a day. One pound is typically lost in the first day. On average, patients lose around 20 lbs per month, often losing 10 to 12 lbs in the first week.
Does the weight loss slow down after the first month?
Many times what we see is a large amount of weight loss in the first month, then a plateau or leveling off. 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. Weight loss is thus achieved in this stair-step fashion.
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