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The HCG weight loss program has been successfully used for weight loss for more than 60 years. Many patients can lose anywhere from .5 lbs. 1.5 lbs. per day when properly following our updated HCG diet protocol. Dr. Simeons developed the original diet back in the 1950s. The HCG diet lasts for approximately 23 or 46 days depending on the 1-month or 2-month program.
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67% OF US POPULATION OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE. 1 in 4 will die of heart disease. 1 in 3 will experience some form of cancers in their lifetime. The majority of these diseases are lifestyle-related.
Chronic disease is almost always directly related to being overweight and/or obese.
We can help you make a change that lasts! The HCG Diet is a combination of a very low-calorie diet, HCG injections, and reducing eating frequency. By correctly applying the proper approach, weight loss is achieved without slowing metabolism or feeling starved.
Dr. Simeons wrote about the diet in his ebook: “Pounds and Inches.” Much of the information was extremely controversial back when the book was originally written in the 1970s. Dr. Simeons believed in limiting daily calorie intake to no more than 500 calories per day. Many believed then and still do to this day, that the diet is a hoax, and restricting calories to 500 is extreme. However, more recently researchers have confirmed that short periods of significant caloric restriction may be extremely beneficial for the body and longevity.
When we restrict calories to a very low level, our bodies go into ketosis. Nutritional ketosis is a natural and healthy process. It occurs when we burn fat for energy instead of glucose. Fat oxidation occurs. This mechanism is nature’s way for the body to maintain healthy energy metabolism during brief periods of starvation. What’s more, we now know that these short periods of nutritionally managed starvation are actually regenerative in nature and very good for our health and longevity. When done properly, the diet stimulates natural increases in human growth hormone, testosterone in men, and encourages healthy cellular regeneration.
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At the time Dr. Simeons developed the HCG diet protocol, he understood little about why it worked so well. With improved science, we can better connect the dots on why a short-periods of very-low-calorie dieting, or even fasting, can be extremely beneficial for many.
When we restrict calories to 500 or less per day, we are actually restricting carbohydrates and sugars to a level the mimics fasting. When carbohydrates are restricted, we have fewer blood sugars circulating in our blood. When we have less blood sugar levels we produce much less insulin. Insulin is one of our main fat-storage hormones and the most important one for controlling with fat loss.
The standard American diet consists of many poor foods like processed foods and refined sugars. These cause frequent and large insulin spikes. When this occurs day after day for many years, we add weight. The HCG diet assists at controlling these insulin spikes, enabling the body to breakdown unhealthy excess fat stores.
The HCG diet is, in fact, a close cousin to the following diets popularized more recently in the scientific literature:
- Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD)
- Ketogenic Diet
- Intermittent Fasting
Since 2016, it’s become increasingly known that these diets are extremely powerful for weight loss, improving energy metabolism, and increasing longevity markers, without slowing metabolism like many standard moderate low-calorie diets.
When our bodies experience a severe calorie deficit, it actually goes through a few important and powerful stages. The first stage is generally the worst and is generally short-lived. It entails a feeling of anxiousness and lethargy. This usually lasts from a few hours to a day. It is commonly referred to as the keto-flu in the ketogenic diet community and sometimes referred to as detox. This is when the body begins transitioning from the normal glucose-based energy metabolism to using fat-stores and ketone bodies for a significant part of our energy.
Once the body transitions from a predominately glucose metabolism to a fat-burning metabolism, several positive actions begin. Many people feel more energy as the rollercoaster ride of excessive blood sugars and insulin spikes become more normalized.
Patients tend to feel more alert. Growth hormone generally increases significantly, which is a normal metabolic process of the body to prevent muscle wasting while searching for the next meal in earlier times of mankind. All these and many more internal mechanisms have been pre-programmed into our bodies and have been found to be very similar to all living organisms. Once we get off the sugar highs and lows we’ve grown used to with the standard American diet, the feeding process begins much easier to control.
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Once ketosis begins on the HCG diet, it provides more energy and increases willpower in most patients who follow the program. One of the updates we frequently encourage patients to make on the HCG diet program is to continuously reduce carb intake until ketosis begins. In some people, insulin resistances may already be present, and in those cases, it may be necessary to lower carbs to below 20 grams per day.
By restricting carbohydrates and sugars to minimal levels, we more rapidly encourage the body to change from a predominately sugar/glucose short-term energy metabolism to a heavily weighted fat-burning metabolism, at lease while on the program.
Once we are in a fat-burning metabolism, ketones bodies are produced to help replace the reduction in carbohydrate consumption. This is a very normal physiological process in nature. Nutritional ketosis is also very healthy when done at managed intervals. It creates a natural regenerative state for the body to be in. In fact, if in ketosis for around 17 hours, we begin breaking down weaker and damaged cells and proteins. This helps clean and improve our old worn-out cells so the body can regenerate new ones. This is commonly referred to as cell apoptosis and autophagy. Both are extremely beneficial during short cycles like 23-day and 46-day HCG diet protocols.
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Monitoring Tools for Benchmarking Blood Sugar Control & Ketosis on HCG Diet
Some patients may benefit from monitoring their blood sugars and ketone bodies, along with a scale that measures body fat percentage. These are handy devices to have around can help keep you motivated.
Many inexpensive body composition scales are available in most big-box retail stores.
Blood sugars can be measured with a blood glucose monitor. The can be found in most local drug stores for around $30-$50 dollars. It’s helpful to track blood sugars around 1.5 hours following meals. Ideally, we want to keep maximum post-prandial blood sugars at or below 120 while on the HCG Diet.
Ketone Meters are helpful as well. Many use the simple urine measuring strips that can be bought in any drugstore. We recommend spending a little more for a ketone meter. It works like a glucose meter. You prick your finger and place a drop of blood on a measuring strip. Knowing that you are in ketosis confirms the diet is working and your body is responding favorably to the protocol.
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The Role of HCG Injections
Substantial clinical research was conducted by Dr. Simeons in the role that HCG plays. Dr. Simeons expressed three key areas, which are briefly explained below:
- HCG helps to target fat loss while helping to preserve muscle. Many long term low-calorie weight loss programs cause significant muscle loss, while the HCG diet preserves muscle while targeting fat.
- HCG suppresses appetite. This may be due to two elements of the extremely low-calorie diet. The first is when we enter ketosis, our bodies control our appetite through a number of metabolic signaling pathways.
- HCG acts on the hypothalamus in the brain which works to regulate metabolic activity, including key hormones in our body. Leptin is one such hormone. It is the satiety hormone which signals our brain that we have had enough to eat. Many modern researchers now believe that this signaling pathway becomes disrupted as we gain weight, become more insulin resistant, and leptin resistant. HCG may help to accelerate this pathway while calorie reduction occurs.
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