HCG – HUMAN CHORIONIC GONADOTROPIN
PLANO WELLNESS DOCTOR
HCG for Weight Loss
The Wellness Center in Plano, Texas administers HCG to help naturally bolster weight loss. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
What is HCG?
Human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, is a hormone produced and released by the placenta during pregnancy. Because it was found overweight women actually lost weight when they were pregnant, HCG has been used to spur weight loss when a patient also decreases one’s calorie intake. When HCG enters the patient’s body, the body begins to function as though it is pregnant, turning to fat stores for extra nutrients. With a decreased calorie intake, HCG injections allow one to lose weight quickly. Women suffering from obesity began using the HCG diet, which aims to help patients return to a safer weight to avoid fatal conditions that arise from obesity.
The HCG treatment intends to serve as a healthier weight loss solution rather than a fad diet. Instead of leading one on to believe a diet will result in a favorable-looking body, the HCG treatment focuses on weight loss by smaller portions, less fatty foods and less fatty topical products. HCG also includes using routines to develop healthy habits that promote continual weight loss and maintenance. Though HCG treatment does not increase fertility, weight loss naturally does. One should keep in mind that HCG can cause a false positive result in a pregnancy test. Nevertheless, HCG can benefit patients wishing to lose weight and also result in a more positive mood, increased energy levels, back pain relief and migraine pain relief.
The first step of preparation for HCG weight loss is recognizing the need to lose weight. Whether it is to improve an existing health condition, prevent a certain health condition or simply to feel better and better one’s self, weight loss will be more easily achieved with a reason and a direction. One may benefit from recording personal reasons for why he or she will succeed with the diet. The noted reasons can serve as goals to reach on the journey to better health.
1. Write down a list of foods that remain in accordance with the HCG treatment.
2. Prepare meals ahead of time so that if fatigue or lack of motivation come about after a busy day, one can still stick to the HCG weight loss plan rather than reaching for fast food or a food that goes against the HCG diet. One should be mindful of making sure the diet stays diverse to prevent burning out too soon.
3. Know the goal and beginning point. If it is helpful, one should use charts to track weight and inches lost. He or she should weigh oneself each morning and be mindful that heavy clothing, like jeans, can distort one’s weight.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is HCG and how does it work?
HCG is a hormone that begins ovulation to allow women to become more fertile. HCG aids eggs to develop correctly in the ovary, and it releases them at the appropriate time in the menstrual cycle. The bodies of pregnant women naturally release the hormone so the fetus can receive the correct amount of nutrients. HCG triggers the opening of fat stores; therefore, it can be used for weight loss by injections or oral drops. The Wellness Center serving the Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen and Carrollton areas offers HCG treatments.
Is HCG Safe?
Physicians emphasize the safety of HCG treatment. Women who have high levels of the hormone during pregnancy usually experience no side effects. One should contact a center that administers HCG treatment, like the Wellness Center, to ensure he or she begins the diet safely. Should one experience swelling, shortness of breath, dizziness or heavy redness throughout the procedure, he or she should contact the Wellness Center for an evaluation.
Is HCG safe for men to use as well?
Men produce HCG naturally as well. HCG exists in the tissues of all males, pregnant women and non-pregnant women. Men get even faster results and tend to lose more weight than women.
If HCG causes weight loss, why don’t pregnant women lose weight?
HCG allows the body to use stored fat, but only when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat. For weight loss, a very low-calorie diet of healthy foods triggers HCG to help rid the body of fat.
Does metabolism slow down if I am on a very low-calorie diet?
When cutting back on calories and fat, the body normally stores fat and metabolism slows. Fat is really a life-saving source of stored energy; therefore, the body will use it when it recognizes a significant loss in energy. When a very low-calorie diet is used in conjunction with HCG treatment, the hormone signals the body to used stored fat for energy, ridding excess fat reserves. It is a natural process, and no negative side effects occur. HCG keeps the body from going into starvation mode and retaining fat.
Would I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low-calorie diet without taking HCG?
One can lose weight simply by eating fewer calories and fat, but because the body stores fat during times of deprivation, he or she will most likely lose muscle and bone before fat. The loss of muscle or bone causes cellular metabolism to slow down; therefore, in the long run, it would make weight gain easier, as well as decrease bone density and muscle mass. By using HCG with a low-calorie diet, the body mobilizes and eliminates extra fat; a low-calorie diet prevents immediate refilling of emptied fat cells. One benefits by getting rid of excess fat without affecting bone and muscle. HCG allows one to get rid of weight safely and quickly.
Will HCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking? What about birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections?
HCG treatment does not interact with any medications, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections.
Will I experience any changes in my menstrual cycle while taking HCG?
Because physicians administer HCG in small amounts during treatment, it will not affect one’s menstrual cycle. HCG will also not affect one’s ability to become pregnant, nor will it increase the chances of getting pregnant. One should avoid beginning HCG treatment within five to six days of a menstrual period. Waiting until one’s menstrual period is finished to start HCG treatment is suggested. After the menstrual period is complete, one can begin HCG treatment.
Can I take HCG if I am pregnant?
Women should not take HCG if they are pregnant. If a woman becomes pregnant while receiving HCG treatment, she should stop immediately and consult her OB-GYN.
How much weight can I expect to lose on the program?
Most people will lose between 25 to 35 pounds on the 40-day program; however, weight loss ultimately depends on the individual and his or her lifestyle, including the amount of excess weight and the amount needing to be lost. People often lose seven to 10 pounds in the first week.
Does weight loss slow down after the first two weeks of the program?
Patients aiming for weight loss oftentimes experience a significant amount of weight loss in the first week, yet they plateau going forth. However, leveling off in terms of weight does not mean weight loss is not occurring. Inches are still slipping away, and one should experience a large change on the scale over time, much to the pattern of stair steps.
Is it okay to skip a meal or protein at one of my meals?
One should never skip meals, even if he or she is receiving HCG treatment. It’s important to eat all of the recommended 1,500 daily calories of the HCG diet with a special emphasis on protein so the body can maintain muscle.
Can I exercise daily?
One should not exercise while receiving HCG treatment. If one wishes to exercise while on the HCG diet, the exercise must remain of the least intensity, like walking for 20 minutes or doing a few push ups and sit ups. Because exercise burns the calories and increases hunger, the body may go into starvation mode. If starvation mode is triggered, the diet could be disrupted, impacting stamina and commitment to the diet.
Do I have to take vitamins while I am taking HCG?
HCG lozenges packed with B12 allow one to incorporate vitamins into a diet. B12 increases energy and metabolism. Multivitamins can also benefit, given they are free of sugar, fish oils or vitamin D. Many patients receiving HCG experience cramps; therefore, taking potassium can be beneficial as well. Taking a combination of calcium and magnesium is also recommended.
Is it normal to get a headache during the first week?
Headaches remain a normal symptom of some during HCG treatment because the release of fat stores cause a rapid body detoxification. Medicines like Tylenol and aspirin, without sugar coating, are acceptable to treat headaches.
Can I drink alcohol while taking HCG?
The first blueprints of the HCG diet did not account for alcohol, and patients who drink while undergoing HCG treatment have been found to perform well. If one follows the diet correctly, drinking should subside, and one may even lose the compulsion to drink due to HCG’s effect on the hypothalamus gland, which controls emotional eating or drinking.
What do I do if my weight loss plateaus?
If weight loss plateaus, one should try to drink a half gallon to whole gallon of water each day. Green tea can also help. Eliminate the fruits from two to one per day. Cease from mixing vegetables, and make sure spices and sauces do not have any sugar. If constipation problems persist, consume a laxative tea.