What is HCG?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone predominantly present in pregnant women. Its innate biological purpose is to act as an emergency food source drawing on the pregnant woman’s stored fat to feed her fetus. In men and in women who are not pregnant, the HCG hormone combined with a low calorie diet functions much the same way, using the body’s stored fat for energy and nourishment.

How much weight can I expect to lose on the HCG diet?

The average person loses around a pound a day, safely cutting as much as 30 pounds of stored fat in as little as 30 days. Because each person is unique, the amount and time can vary.

Is there a difference between over-the-counter HCG and HCG injections overseen by a doctor?

While there are over-the-counter HCG applications touted by weight loss product promoters, only HCG injections prescribed and overseen by a medical weight loss physician interact correctly with the body to generate safe, natural and sustainable weight loss. The main reason HCG diet doctors recommend injections is that it is the way to raise the level of HCG in the blood. Drops, pills and sprays are less effective and unlikely to be absorbed into the blood.

How does HCG work?

The HCG hormone helps the body create more hormones. Since hormone deficiency is often a suspected culprit in weight gain—think thyroid, menopause or andropause—the HCG hormone helps. HCG instructs the body to utilize fat reserves through the hypothalamus.

Won’t I feel weak or like I’m starving?

Experience tells us that it’s possible to consume a low number of calories (say 500 or so a day) and not feel hungry. HCG in the blood stream suppresses appetite. Drawing on excess fat, your body is flooded with 2,000 to 3,000 calories—more than enough to provide nourishment and energy.

Since it’s a female hormone, does HCG work in men?

HCG hormone functions are related to metabolism and energy. So yes, it works safely and effectively in men and doesn’t interfere with healthy sexual function. In fact, men often lose more weight than women on the diet.

What can I eat on the HCG diet?

Your HCG diet doctor will design a plan that includes specific amounts of foods like starch-free vegetables, low-sugar fruits, lean meats, some varieties of fish, sugar-free beverages and other high-nutrient, low-fat, low-sugar items.

Besides certain foods, what else do I need to avoid?

Some creams, lotions, oils and make-up need to be avoided during the diet since they can be absorbed through the skin, send the wrong signals to the body and interfere with the action of the HCG hormones.

Won’t I gain the weight back after I start consuming more calories?

The HCG diet targets fat loss rather than muscle loss. Muscle mass helps ensure an efficient metabolism. By elevating hormone levels, including testosterone, the HCG hormone creates an anabolic state (muscle-building) that counteracts the catabolic state (muscle-breakdown). There are hormone receptors on muscle fibers that respond to the increased hormone levels in people taking the HCG hormone. And because the new healthier lifestyle choices formed during the diet give you more energy and strength, you’ll be motivated to keep up the good work long after you’ve finished the program. With a leaner, stronger body, you’ll be better able to exercise and get back to activities you enjoy.

Why do some people regain weight after the diet?

Some people make the mistake of continuing to stick to a very low calorie diet after they’ve lost the excess body fat. This tells the body it’s time to go into starvation mode and store the food you consume as fat. Soon the pounds start adding up. The body needs a certain amount of fat to support healthy function of the brain and other organs as well as tissues. Another common reason for weight gain is a return to not-so-healthy eating habits. The processed, carb-laden, sugary, fatty foods you used to eat might be tasty, but they’re not friends of your weight or overall health.

Where do I start?

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