What is HCG?
HCG has been safely used to enhance and accelerate weight loss for over 60 years. HCG is a naturally occurring hormone produced in large quantities during the early stages pregnancy. This hormone allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both mother and baby. HCG is also naturally present in men and safe to use as therapy.
How does HCG work?
HCG works by reducing feelings of hunger, so the immediate benefit is that it will allow you to eat very little (500 calories per day) comfortably. HCG modulates the hypothalamus and begins to provide access to abnormal fat accumulated around the hips, stomach, thighs, etc. The hypothalamus will not recognize that the calories you are consuming are coming from fat stores that the hCG is breaking down. All your body systems are receiving the adequate calories they need from your fat stores so the hypothalamus does not switch your body into starvation and fat storing mode – this is why you are not hungry.
If you tried to eat just 500 calories a day without taking hCG, your body would think it was starving and would release hunger hormones. It would be like with any other crash diets, where you would put weight back on after you finished the diets and started eating normally again.
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Treatment with HCG
Your physician will conduct a thorough evaluation and request a complete lab panel to ensure that you qualify for hCG injections. You will also be closely monitored by your physician throughout your treatment process.
Research suggests a small dose or injection results in a weight loss of a pound per day, and often more, when accompanied by a very low calorie diet of approximately 500 calories. In a famine state, the very low calorie intake is what activates the hCG hormones to seek those stubborn fat stores that you want to get rid of.
The duration of hCG therapy will be customized for each individual and dependent on the amount of weight loss desired. The maintenance phase is the three weeks following the strict HCG program and is recommended to reset your metabolism . On the 4th day following the last HCG injections, you are allowed to increase your caloric intake from 500 to 1200 calories per day and you may begin to reintroduce more foods except for starches and sugars.
The amount of weight loss depends on many factors including how much excess weight you have and how much weight needs to be lost. On average, most patients will lose approximately 15-20 pounds in a 30-40 day cycle.
Benefits of Using HCG Therapy
HCG is a pro-hormone that helps the body make more hormones. Since hormone deficiency or imbalance is usually part of the reason for weight gain, whether it’s your thyroid, or menopause (or andropause), this hormone offers help.
HCG injections keep you from losing muscle while you diet. By elevating hormone levels in the body, including testosterone, hCG creates an anabolic state (muscle-building), which counteracts the catabolic state (muscle-breakdown). This is very important because when you lose muscle with inappropriate crash dieting, it negatively affects your body, shape and metabolism.
The great result with hCG therapy is that one can become leaner, in a smaller clothing size, but with more muscle. This muscle allows for a stronger metabolism and helps people maintain their weight loss long after their diet is completed.
Some additional benefits of hCG therapy include improved sense of well being and energy, reduced sagging appearance, accelerated weight loss, converting fat to energy, contributing to balancing hormones.
If you want to know if hCG therapy is right for you, how to lose stubborn weight, or learn more about other weight loss options, speak to an experienced doctor.