1. What is the HCG medication and how does it work?
HCG is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body. 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 the fat and use it as energy for both mother and fetus. This acts as a "fail-safe" mechanism when energy is needed immediately. .
2. If HCG works so well for weight loss, why don't pregnant women lose weight?
HCG works to mobilize fat for utilization by the body only when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat. A starvation state must exist for HCG to work. For weight loss on the HCG program, we use a very low calorie diet to trigger HCG to help rid the body of fat.
3. How do they make the HCG medication. Does it come from someone who's pregnant?
No, the HCG used does not come from someone who is pregnant. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is "human," but it is grown in sterile cells in a laboratory.
4. Is it safe for men to take the HCG medication or is it only for women?
Yes, it is safe for men to take the HCG medication. Men use HCG with equal success and have no side effects.
5. Is the HCG medication natural?
There is much confusion about "natural" HCG. All HCG is made in a laboratory, but there are two types of human HCG: one is made for fertility and contains only alpha subunits, the other one contains both alpha and beta subunits. Since humans have alpha and beta receptors in our adipose (fat) tissue, the HCG with both subunits works best for weight loss. The HCG with both subunits is considered "natural."
6. Wouldn't I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low calorie diet without taking 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 taking the HCG while following 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 bones, muscles and vital organs.
1. How much weight can I expect to lose on the HCG weight loss program?
On average, patients can lose 12 to 20+ lbs per month. Often, people lose 10 to 12 lbs in the first week; however, your amount of weight loss will be determined by your metabolism, your compliance with the diet; and the overall amount of weight you need to lose.
2. Does everyone lose weight while on the HCG weight loss program?
Yes, if they follow the diet and guidelines.
3. Does the weight loss slow down after the first month?
Many times there is a large amount of weight loss in the first month, then a plateau or leveling off. This does not mean that your weight loss has stopped. Typically, inches are being lost continuously while on the program, and after a period of time, patients will experience another large drop on the scale. Weight loss is thus achieved in this stair-step fashion. If you are patient and continue with the HCG diet, your weight loss will resume. If this frustrates you then do not weight daily but instead weigh once per week.
4. Will my metabolism slow down if I'm on a very low calorie diet?
Yes, normally when we cut back on our calories and fat, our bodies store fat which in turn makes our metabolisms slow 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 HCG hormone signals the body to use stored fat for energy, and eliminates excess fat reserves. It's a natural process, so no slowing of your metabolism will result
1. The HCG diet is very low calorie; will I get hungry?
Because HCG mobilizes fat and makes it available to the body as an energy source, it naturally reduces the appetite. So even though you are taking in fewer calories, your body can access the energy you have stored in fat cells. After about 2 days, many patients notice a significant decrease in their appetite. Overall, most people have plenty of energy and feel good while on the program.
2. How long can I stay on the HCG program?
Many people stay on it for 3-6 months to reach their weight loss goal.
3. Can I Exercise while on the HCG program?
Yes, but limit your exercise to mild aerobics, fast walking or yoga. Strenuous exercise can cause lightheadedness and possibly fainting. Also, too much exercise will make you very hungry and you may cheat on your diet which has drastic consequences.
4. Can I add other vegetables to my diet if I don't like the ones in the HCG diet plan?
No, the vegetables allowed were carefully chosen from years of research. They allow you to receive the best results.
5. Can I add meat to my diet that is not listed in the HCG Diet plan?
No, the meats allowed on the HCG diet plan were carefully chosen from years of research. They allow you to receive the best results. If the molecular structure of the protein is not right, the body will utilize muscle tissue for protein, and not consume fat.
6. How big of fruit can I eat?
There is no limit to the size of the fruit that you eat; however, you may only eat fruits listed as "approved" in the HCG diet plan. You should not eat one half from one fruit, and one half from another due to the fact that the needed vitamins and nutrients are not equally distributed in fruit.
7. Is Melba toast allowed on the HCG diet plan?
Melba toast was eliminated from the diet because it was noted that having a small amount of carbohydrates resulted in increased hunger.
8. Can I drink vodka or gin while on the HCG weight loss program?
No, there is no alcohol of any kind allowed while on the HCG weight loss program.
1. Why do I have to drink so much water?
Patients with mild dehydration will have a much more difficult time losing weight and will plateau more frequently. Additionally, fat is eliminated through the kidneys and urine, so without enough water, less fat will be able to leave the body.
1. Is the HCG medication safe?
The HCG medication is extremely safe. All women experience very high levels of the HCG hormone during the nine months of a pregnancy with no adverse side effects. The small amount we use for weight loss has absolutely NO side effects.
2. Has anyone ever had an allergic reaction to the HCG medication?
3. Can I participate in HCG weight loss if I take other medications, have high blood pressure, or have diabetes?
Absolutely. Very often medications can be lowered after losing weight or even not needed at all.
4. What should I do if I become constipated while experiencing HCG weight loss?
5. Will the HCG medication interfere with any medications that I am currently taking?
The HCG medication does not interact with ANY other medications.
6. Can I participate with HCG if I am on thyroid medication?
Many patients with thyroid issues have been treated successfully.
1. Will I experience any changes in my menstrual cycle while taking the HCG medication?
Sometimes, HCG can cause some slight changes to a woman's menstrual cycle. HCG is not a hormone involved in the menstrual cycle, but it can, in rare cases, fool the body. It is nothing to be alarmed about. The menstrual cycle will regulate rapidly and it happens very rarely.
2. Does the HCG medication make it easier for me to get pregnant?
No, the HCG medication will not affect your ability to become pregnant, nor will it increase your chances of getting pregnant. A different HCG is used for fertility and in much higher doses, along with several other hormones.
3. Can the HCG medication cause me to have a false pregnancy test?
No, the amount of HCG in each prescription dose is small and cannot be detected in the blood or urine. It is, however, the right amount of HCG to achieve rapid weight loss.
4. Will the HCG medication interfere with my birth control medication or Depo-Provera injections?
The HCG medication does not interact with ANY other medications, including birth control medication or Depo-Provera.