Frequently Asked Questions

What is HCG and how does it work?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone naturally produced in the pregnant female. It has many functions and is used medically to treat a variety of conditions. It is the pregnancy hormone but, during pregnancy, the levels double every two days. This hormone allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both the mother and fetus. This acts as a "fail-safe" mechanism when energy is needed immediately. For weight loss, we use only a very small amount of HCG to capitalize on this same mechanism. Using HCG in this way does not mimic pregnancy; in fact, it can be safely used by both men and women.

Is HCG safe?

HCG is extremely safe. All women experience very high levels during the nine months of pregnancy with no adverse side effects. The small amount we use for weight loss has absolutely NO side effects.

The HCG diet is very low calorie, will I get hungry?

Because HCG mobilizes fat and makes it available for the body as an energy source, it naturally reduces appetite. So, even though you are taking in fewer calories, your body can access the energy you have stored in fat cells. After about two days, many patients notice a significant decrease in their appetite. Overall, most people have plenty of energy and feel good while on the HCG program.

Will HCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking?

HCG does not interfere with ANY medications, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera, so there are NO side effects.

If HCG works so well for weight loss, why don't pregnant women lose weight?

HCG works to mobilize fat for utilization in the body only when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat. A low calorie state must exist for HCG to break fat down.

How much weight can I expect to lose on the program?

On average, our patients lose around 18 - 25 pounds or more during the 6-week program.

Wouldn't I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low calorie diet without HCG?

You can lose weight by simply eating fewer calories and fat but, because the body stores fat during times of deprivation, you will most likely lose muscle and bone before fat. This causes cellular metabolism to slow down so, in the long run, it would make gaining weight easier, as well as decrease bone density and muscle mass. By using HCG with a low calorie diet, extra fat is mobilized for energy and the rest is eliminated; the low calorie diet is vital in preventing immediate refilling of emptied fat cells. You benefit by preferentially getting rid of excess fat without affecting your bone and muscle.

Will my metabolism slow down if I'm on a very low calorie diet?

Yes, normally when we cut back our calories and fat, our bodies store fat and our metabolism slows down. This happens because fat is really a life-saving source of stored energy. When a very low calorie diet is used in conjunction with HCG, the hormone signals the body to use stored fat for energy, and eliminates excess fat reserves. It's a natural process, so no ill effects on your metabolism will result.

Will I experience any changes in my menstrual cycle while taking HCG?

Because the amount of HCG is so small, there are no changes to your menstrual cycle. Likewise, HCG will not affect your ability to become pregnant, nor will it increase your chances of getting pregnant.

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