Increasingly, weight loss has become a top priority for many Americans. You might be surprised to learn that 58 million Americans are considered medically “overweight”, with 40 million falling into the “obese” category. Three million of those are considered “morbidly obese”.
Researchers have identified several diseases that are linked with weight, such as Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and cancer (breast and colon, specifically). These diseases are all on the rise.
Aside from health concerns, many simply want to lose weight in order to look and feel better.
Why do most weight loss programs fail? Whatever your reasons, you might have tried numerous diets over the years. Weight loss is often a struggle, and the results frequently do not last. Most programs fail because…
- You’re hungry all the time
- You lack energy and feel tired/depressed all the time
- The caloric restriction slows your metabolism, so even if you lose the weight, you regain it later
What is different about the HCG diet?
As you know, lowering your caloric intake (while increasing caloric burn through exercise) is the tried-and-true method of losing weight. But many people still struggle to lose weight this way, because their bodies want to hang onto those fat stores.
The hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), can aid weight loss. On a low-calorie diet, HCG encourages your body to let go of fat stores, while converting them to energy. The hormone can also help to control your appetite, making it much easier for you to stick with the low-calorie eating plan.
The HCG diet…
- Curbs your appetite
- Boosts metabolism and energy
- Releases fat from cells
- Encourages your brain to produce endorphins and serotonin
- Improves your sense of well-being
Is the HCG diet safe? HCG is most commonly associated with pregnant women, because the hormone is produced by the placenta and helps the growing fetus to develop. However, both men and non-pregnant women also produce HCG in lower levels. So the diet does not introduce anything unnatural to your body, and is safe for women and men alike.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women, however, should not pursue the HCG diet. We can help you get started on this program after your baby is birthed and weaned.
The HCG diet includes weekly visits and oversight from a board certified physician, helping you to lose weight safely under medical guidance.
Is the HCG diet easy to follow? Unlike many weight loss programs, the HCG diet does not require you to purchase special, pre-packaged food items or limit your lifestyle. We will provide you with menus and recipes, and you will continue to shop at your favorite grocery store.
Yes, the diet works through calorie restriction, but we carefully balance your eating plan to ensure that your body gets the nutrients it needs to function efficiently. So, you will be surprised at how much energy you have!
The program lasts 30 days. Women typically lose 15-20 pounds, while men lose 20-25 pounds. Afterward, patients should follow a six-week transitional plan to maintain the weight loss.
Along with your daily dose of HCG, we will also provide weekly weigh-ins, monitoring, coaching, and counseling to keep you focused on your goals. Afterward, we provide a maintenance program to help you keep the weight off.
For more information on the HCG diet, call our office to schedule a consultation. We will explain how the program works in more detail, and help you decide if the HCG diet is right for your needs.