The Truth about HCG Diet
— Anonymous, 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 do I take the HCG?
The HGC is taken in the form of sublingual drops. The drops are placed under the tongue twice a day (morning and afternoon). It can also be injected daily.
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.
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.
How much weight can I expect to lose on this program?
That will depend on your starting point. People with more weight to lose will experience a greater loss. On average, Dr. Kassir’s patients lose around 15 to 40 lbs. per month.
Do I have to have my hormones balanced?
It is not necessary. However those with balanced hormones are seeing greater results and have more success in maintaining that loss. Not to mention the overall health benefits and feeling of well being experience with balance hormones.