HCG Diet- F.A.Q.
What is HCG?
HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a pregnancy hormone present in both men and women, but which is produced in great amounts in pregnant females. During pregnancy, the substance almost completely controls that woman’s metabolic functions. In non-pregnant persons, research suggests HCG similarly increases the metabolism similar to a pregnant female.
Although HCG is associated with pregnancy, it can safely be used by both men and women that are looking to get their weight under control. When HCG is prescribed in a medial scenario, it is either as a fertility medication (can be for both men and women), or to restore testosterone production in men.
More recently HCG has been found to have a positive response in Cancer treatment by inducing cancer cell death, inhibiting cell proliferation, turning on tumor suppressing genes and promoting DNA repair, stay tuned as more research is conducted on this amazing hormone.
How does HCG result in weight loss?
Thousands of calories in stored fat are released and are used by the body or expelled. To keep the fat cells from immediately taking in more fat, a very low calorie diet is necessary and personal care products such as lotion are prohibited.
The high levels of HCG that are produced during pregnancy have no negative effects on the pregnant woman’s body. In fact, doctors have used HCG for many years in order to help women experiencing hormonal issues or fertility problems. More recently, however, researchers have found that HCG can actually help the body burn more fat and can be used to aid.
What are some positive side effects associated with HCG therapy?
- Increased energy
- Clearer thought processes
- Improved sleep at night
- Feeling less irritable
What are some negative side effects associated with HCG therapy?
- Breast tenderness
- Edema(these side effects are usually mild and not noticed by most people)
How much HCG is given per day?
Research suggests a small, daily HCG injection (approximately 125IU to 150IU) results in a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per day, and often more, when accompanied by a low calorie diet of approximately 500 calories.
At Portal To Healing, our HCG program is 30 days long. Usually this is enough for the patient to reach their goals, however, if a weight reduction greater than 10% of their body weight is desired, the patient can continue HCG for an additional 10 days.
Is it healthy to lose 1/2 to 1 pound a day with HCG injections?
HCG weight loss studies have shown that weight lost following the Simeon’s protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle. In doing so, the weight lost comes directly from fat and does not strip the body of much needed muscle, vitamins or minerals essential to maintain good health, while at the same time, releasing excessive amounts of fat-stored nutrients into the blood stream to be absorbed by the body. For this reason, HCG dieters report a feeling and appearance of great health and marvel at the loss of negative health risks they had as an overweight individual.
Why the 500 calorie diet?
The HCG diet shots cause your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that it’s available for use. While you are only consuming 500 calories, your hypothalamus is continually releasing the fat stored in your body. Because of this, your body is actually operating on thousands of calories a day. This is the reason why HCG dieters lose 1 to 2 lbs or fat or more per day.
Will I be hungry on 500 calories a day?
It is common for mild hunger during the first days, however this will pass and by the 2nd week, you will find even very tiny servings, to be completely satisfying. This is partly due to the hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but largely due to the amount of calories circulating in your system from the fat being released. It is common the HCG dieters feel as though they are stuffing themselves in order to reach that 500 calorie limit!
Will I gain the weight back after the HCG diet?
At Portal To Healing our goal is to help you reach your weight loss goal safely and to keep the weight off. Through education and motivation this diet will get you in the habit of making the right choices and adopting a healthy lifestyle. After the HCG diet, you will find your appetite has changed, your eating behavior will be changed and your body will have changed. This is the perfect opportunity to continue that healthy lifestyle to maintain your weight.
You will find a minimum amount of exercise will be sufficient for maintaining a very healthy body. With your hypothalamus reset, your metabolism will be different and you will be able to eat moderately without feeling the need to overeat.
Do the HCG injections hurt?
The injections for weight loss are administered using a very fine needle and are virtually painless.