By Dr. Maria Lombardo
It’s been around for years, since the 1950’s to be exact. We’ve all heard about it but what is it and how does it work? HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a hormone produced during pregnancy. One of its functions is to ensure the growing fetus receives enough nutrients to grow and develop normally. It allows the mother’s body to use stored body fat for nutrients and energy despite her intake. This is why women can have “morning sickness”, not eat and the baby does not suffer. Pregnancy is the only time HCG is found in the body.
Dr. ATW Simeons discovered in the 1950’s that small doses of HCG given to overweight individuals (men and women) decreased their appetite, and made them lose inches specifically around their hips, thighs, buttocks and stomachs. Today millions of people have used HCG for weight loss. The HCG Diet has also been used for weight loss in obese persons as well as those wanting to shed a few unhealthy or unwanted pounds. However it is used, the HCG diet weight loss program works.
How Does It Work?
When HCG is taken, the body is able to tap into its stored fat and utilize it. When combined with a calorie restriction diet, the person is subsisting more on their stored fat than on what they are eating. They are burning 3500-4000 calories of stored fat daily, which can amount to losing about 1 pound every day!
Many people want to know if they can be comfortable on a calorie restriction diet of 500 calories per day. One of the benefits of HCG is that a person can feel comfortable eating only 500 calories per day while taking the HCG injections. While on the HCG diet, appetite is suppressed and most patients feel as if they are stuffing themselves on 500 calories a day. Trying this very low calorie diet without the use of HCG would lead to trouble within 2-3 days. Side effects of starving yourself include insomnia, lethargy, headaches, loss of mental clarity, severe fatigue, and on and on! While on the HCG diet patients sleep sounder and usually feel better than they did before they started the HCG diet.
What Can I Expect?
If the protocol is followed, you can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per day – an average of 20 pounds lost by the 23rd day. A person on the HCG diet can expect to eat 500 calories a day of protein, fruits and vegetables. The HCG is injected daily for 23 days. The program can be followed for 40 days in some cases. Maintenance after the diet is important. The HCG Diet is considered one of the fastest and safest ways to lose weight and keep it off. It’s not just quick weight loss. The HCG diet is a new way of eating food and a new way of thinking about health.
If you are interested in learning more about the HCG program call Dr. Maria Lombardo at 760-610-8990 to schedule an appointment today!