The Truth about HCG Diet
— Hutch, Lynsey, March 29, 2019
ABOUT HCG DIET
by Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Learn More About Dr. Kassir >
The HCG Diet is a physician supervised weight loss program that can help shed 1 to 3 lbs per day by modifying their metabolism and eating habits for long term results.
HCG (Human Choriogonadotropin) is a hormone that is injected daily (or taken orally with under-the tongue drops), accompanied by a VLCD (very low calorie diet of approximately 500 calories).
Each course of treatment consists of a minimum 26 days, with 23 of those days requiring a daily dose of HCG, either through injections or under-the-tongue drops. Treatment can last as long as 43 days (with as many as 40 injections), unless a patient is able to lose 34 to 40 pounds before the allotted time has passed. Patients will not receive HCG injections for the last three days of treatment so the hormone can cycle completely out of their bodies before they resume a normal diet. (It also takes about three days for HCG's effects to "kick in.")
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HCG Diet Questions & Answers
How does HCG work?
HCG along with the Modified Simeon Diet causes your hypothalamus to mobilize fat from your abnormal fat cells to make it available for use. While you are only taking in ~500 calories, your hypothalamus is continually releasing the fat stored in your body. It maintains a normal basal metabolic rate and resets the hypothalamus to prevent future regain.
Is HCG safe?
Absolutely! All women experience very high levels of HCG during the nine months of their pregnancy with no adverse affects. In comparison, the amount used for weight loss is miniscule and has very few, if any, side effects.
On the HCG Diet won’t I get hungry?
The HCG is mobilizing your stored fat and making it available to your body as a source of energy. So even though you are consuming less calories, your body has access to the energy you have stored in fat cells. Therefore, you are utilizing thousands of calories that already exist in your body each day. Overall, most patients are not hungry and feel very good while on the program.
Will I gain the weight back once I discontinue treatment?
Some degree of moderation in eating will be necessary due to the tendency to gain weight after any type of weight loss program. However, stability of normal weight is relatively easy because the weight loss is from stored fat and not structural fat.
Can I maintain the diet even if I engage in daily hard physical labor or exercise?
Yes. The HCG allows you to maintain the diet even while performing hard work or vigorous exercise. By mobilizing and using the abnormal fat stores for energy, you prevent the breakdown of lean muscle.
What is HCG?
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a natural hormone produce by our bodies. It has many functions and is used to treat many medical conditions. It is the hormone that almost completely controls metabolic functions.