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Dr. Shawn Steinborn
HCG Weight Loss
What is HCG and How Does it Result in Rapid Weight Loss?
hCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone present in both men and women, but which is produced in great amounts in pregnant women. 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 for energy or eliminated through the bowels. To keep the fat cells from immediately taking in more fat, a very low calorie diet is necessary and personal care products, such as lotions, are prohibited. Care products made from coconut oil or mineral oil are allowed, however.
How Much Weight will I Lose with the hCG Diet?
Most hCG dieters report a loss of 1 to 2 pounds a day. Factors that guarantee faster weight loss include adding/increasing vegetable intake and mixing salads with each meal. Fiber and water intake is extremely important.
Is it Healthy to Lose 1 to 2 Pounds a Day with hCG?
hCG weight loss studies have shown that weight lost following the Simeons’ protocol comes directly from adipose (fat) tissue rather than from lean muscle. In other words, the hCG allows the loss of fat tissue and prevents the body from losing the much needed muscle tissue and the stored vitamins or minerals essential to maintaining good health. For this reason, hCG dieters report a feeling and appearance of great health and marvel at the loss of negative health risks they had as an overweight individual.
Why the Low Calorie Diet – VLCD (very low calorie diet)?
The hCG diet causes your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that it’s available for use. While you consume between 500 calories, your hypothalamus is continually releasing the fat stored in your body. Each pound of stored fat releases approximately 3,500 calories. These calories are readily converted to energy, which is the reason hCG dieters lose 1 to 2 pounds of fat or more, per day.
What Preparations are Required for the hCG Diet?
Prior to treatment, your physician will usually request blood tests and perform a general health assessment. The hCG diet requires a great deal self-control and effectiveness relies on your willingness to stay committed to the protocol.
Is hCG Safe for Men?
The hCG used for the hCG weight loss protocol is actually already found in men. In fact, it is present in every human tissue, including males and non-pregnant women as well as pregnant.
Will I be Hungry Eating only 500 Calories a Day?
It is common to experience mild hunger during the first few days, however this will pass and by the 2nd week, you will find even very tiny servings, to be completely satisfying. This is partly due to your hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but largely due to the amount of calories circulating in your system from the fat being released. It is common that hCG dieters feel as though they are stuffing themselves in order to reach that 500 to 1,000 calorie limit!
Who is a Right Candidate for the hCG Diet?
The majority of men and women can use hCG for weight loss. This diet is not permitted for women who are pregnant or nursing.
How about Safety and Side Effects of the hCG Diet?
There are rarely side effects reported while using hCG diet for weight loss. When the hCG is used for fertility reasons in much higher amounts, the larger amount is known to cause occasional headaches, and pregnancy symptoms. However, the amount differences between the hCG diet protocol and hCG used for fertility purposes is significantly different in quantity. The diet itself often results in low-grade headaches, constipation, and various other mild symptoms. These symptoms are a natural side effect of a diet low in calories and will pass around the second week. Many of the symptoms are the result of the body in a state of detoxification, caused by the breakdown of fat in the body.
Will I Gain the Weight Back After the hCG diet?
After the hCG diet, you will find your appetite has changed, your eating behavior will be changed and your body will of course, have changed. This is the perfect opportunity to adopt a healthy lifestyle to maintain your weight. You will find a minimum amount of exercise will be sufficient for maintaining a very healthy body; from yoga, to 30 minutes of cardio a day, or whatever you enjoy, that gets your muscles and heart moving. With your hypothalamus reset, you will not feeling the need to overeat.