The HCG Diet is somewhat controversial! FAQ
What HCG diet stand for and how does it result in rapid weight loss?
-HCG diet stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone present in both men and women, but which is produced in great amounts in pregnant females. During pregnancy, the substance almost completely controls the woman's metabolic functions.
-In non-pregnant persons, research suggests HCG similarly increases the metabolism similar to a pregnant female. 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, the very low fat VLCD is necessary and personal care products such as lotion, are prohibited.
What does VLCD mean?
-It is an abbreviation for “Very Low Calorie Diet.” You will see it throughout this diet plan to describe the 500 calorie diet.
Dr. A.T.W. Simeons' research suggests a small, daily injection amount of hCG (approx. 125 IU to 200 IU), results in an average weight loss of 1 to 2 lbs a day when accompanied by a VLCD (very low calorie diet).
Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin specialized weight loss program which when followed properly has produced up to 40 pounds of healthy weight loss for thousands of people.
Is HCG diet safe?
-Yes, it is very safe. Large amounts of HCG are released during pregnancy without any harmful side effects. The amount of HCG used in weight loss programs is only a fraction of what is naturally released in pregnancy. The only contraindications for the use of hCG are any hormone related cancer, an allergy to hCG, or precocious puberty in teenagers.
Why don’t pregnant women lose weight if they have large amounts of HCG circulating in their bodies?
-The hormone hCG works to mobilize and burn fat for the body to use when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat.
The body must go into a starvation state for the hCG to work. This is why it is a protective mechanism in pregnancy, especially for women who do not know they are pregnant, and live in poor economic status where they may not have enough food available to them.
Most pregnant women do not fall into this category; therefore they do not lose weight, but instead gain weight appropriate for the growth of the baby. For weight loss, we use a very low calorie diet to stimulate HCG to help rid the body of fat.
Will the low calories diet cause my metabolism slow down?
-The normal response to a low calorie diet (seen as starvation by the body), is to store fat and slow metabolism to ensure survival.
However, when hCG is used in conjunction with a low calorie diet, the body’s excess fat reserves are burned as energy to support its needs. This prevents our bodies from storing fat and our metabolism from slowing down during the short period of time while on the VLCD and hCG.
If I eat a very low calorie diet without HCG diet, will I lose the same amount of weight?
-No, because on a VLCD without HCG, you body goes into “starvation mode,” as mentioned above. In this mode your body is programmed to store fat instead of burning it.
In order to create reserves to make it through the period of starvation. Then when the VLCD ends, the body will store even more fat as normal calorie consumption begins, to prepare for the next possible period of starvation.
This is the common cycle people tend to fall into when dieting, and this is the reason they never keep the weight off. With HCG, you body is stimulated to burn fat during the low calorie period, so it does not fall into the cycle of storing fat as reserves.
This will keep you from storing unwanted fat during the diet, and from having a rebound weight gain after the diet has ended.
Isn’t 500 calories a day too low to be safe?
No. Research now confirms that eating very low calorie diets actually increase overall health, has anti-aging effects, supports your telomeres and increase lifespan.
This was reported recently in many news sources. Most importantly, however, is when you are doing the diet combined with the hCG injections, Dr. Simeons reports that your body is being flooded with over 2,000 calories of nutrition from the releasing of the abnormal fat reserves.
This is one of the reasons that following the protocol, consisting of the diet and hCG injections, you are not hungry and generally have an increase in energy levels.Will I get hungry on the very low calorie hCG diet?
-This will vary for each person. Some people get hungry, and some don’t. The HCG is stimulating your body to burn fat as energy, so your body’s energy needs are being met.
This will help to reduce hunger in most people, because the body has plenty of energy to use (hunger is a reflex to let you know your body needs energy). Therefore, the body does not need to stimulate the hunger reflex as a response to low energy in the system.
Will I be depleted of vitamins and nutrients onthe hCG diet and the VLCD?
First, you must remember, the VLCD is only for a short period of time. Second, every time you lose a pound of fatty tissue, which will happen almost daily, only the actual fat is burned up. All the vitamins, proteins, and minerals contained in the tissue are fed back into the body. Fat cells contain an abundance of nutrients, and that is why the body uses them as reserves.
Will HCG diet interfere with any medication I am currently taking, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections?
HCG does not interfere with any medications, including birth control. There will be NO side effects as far as hCG and medications are concerned.
Will there be any changes in my menstrual cycle while I am taking hCG diet?
-Patients should not experience any changes in their menstrual cycle, because the amount of HCG being used is very small. It also does not increase the chances of becoming pregnant or affect your ability to become pregnant while taking the hormone.
It is not an acceptable treatment for a woman who is already pregnant or trying to get pregnant, due to the low calorie diet. Even though hCG is supposed to be a protective mechanism during times of starvation for pregnant women, we do not want to run the risk of a woman losing her pregnancy due to the VLCD.
Why are some people calling HCG the “weight loss cure”? -HCG is also being called the "Weight Loss Cure," because after taking it for weight loss, it reprograms your body to use stored fat for energy when calories are reduced for a period of time.
It helps you maintain your weight and not regain the pounds you've lost. This is generally the opposite of what most people have experience with dieting, and this leads them to think of the hCG diet as the cure to weight loss problems.
How much weight will I lose on the program?
-The average amount of weight loss is between 10 to 25 pounds for the three-week interval. This varies from individual to individual, and the closer you are to your body’s ideal weight, the slower you will lose weight. The slowest loser usually loses about 1/2 a pound a day.
Does weight loss slow down after the first month?
-Most people will have a large amount of weight loss in the beginning, and then they begin to level off or plateau.
This does not mean they stop losing weight, only that they are losing it at a slower rate (but most importantly, they are still losing). Some patients opt to do a second round of hCG, and during this time period, they can have another large drop in weight, followed by a leveling off stage as well.
Can men use the HCG program?
-Yes, men can safely use the program, as long as they do not have a hormone dependant cancer (such as prostate cancer). Now, HCG is NOT a sex hormone, and its actions are identical in men, women, and children. Through an indirect path from the brain, hCG regulates menstruation and facilitates conception, but it never virilizes a woman or feminizes a man.
What blood work do I need before starting the program and why?
You will need to a run basic blood work. To learn more, schedule a private consultation whith your health care.
Very Important Note
-HCG is a prescription medication which is FDA approved for certain uses. Although it is is not FDA approved for the treatment of weight control or obesity, medications are frequently used off-label to treat conditions that are unrelated to their original indication, safely and effectively. Using hCG in dieting is considered an "off-label" use.
Source:Derma Health Institute