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We have all experienced diets that just don’t work. Becoming disappointed and frustrated along the way with minimal or no weight loss makes the journey almost unbearable! Most diets simply reduce calories and have a detrimental affect on your metabolism. On those diets, you burn your normal fat reserves first. That is the fat your body actually needs for normal function. You’re only getting to the fat cells you want to get rid of after you’ve depleted your normal fat reserves, and by that time, you feel hungry, fatigued, frustrated and generally give up!
Our diet uses hCG, a natural hormone that simulates the body to mobilize and burn fat cells for energy. While our diet does restrict calories, with the hCG hormone, your body immediately begins to burn unwanted fat cells and it does it without making you feel hungry or fatigued. The results are amazingly fast! Both women and men can lose a pound or more a day.
This diet has received a lot of attention in the media and although it is safe, it should be administered and monitored by a physician. As with most popular products and diets, there are many variations out there that can be unsafe and not effective. Here at Derma Health Institute in Paradise Valley, AZ, we take your safety, health and weight loss goals very seriously. Our doctors monitor your progress and are available to answer your questions every step of the way. We have helped thousands of patients achieve their weight loss goals and are here to help you achieve yours!
The Dead-End Cycle of Dieting:
Most people who have dieted have tried many different programs with no successful results. Most diets deal with reducing calories, and this causes the patient to spiral downward into the pit of obesity. When an overweight/obese patient tries to reduce calories to lose weight, they will first burn their normal reserve fat cells. Once these are all used up, the body will move on to burning the structural fat cells (both of these types of fat are necessary, and are not the kind of fat that leads to obesity). The last fat cell on the list to be utilized is the abnormal fat, or the fat that causes people to be overweight. By the time the patient gets to this point they feel hungry, fatigued, and generally give up on the diet. This type of dieting causes patients to feel exhausted and to lose fat in the wrong places (from face leading to sagging skin versus belly, hips or thighs). It also depletes them of nutrients, which leads to further complications. This is where the hCG diet comes in and is set apart from other diets. Yes, the calories are restricted, but when this is done in combination with using the hormone hCG, the body is able to successfully burn fat. Not only is the body now burning fat, but also it is burning the abnormal fat, so people are able to lose it in the areas that they are seeking, such as belly and thighs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is hCG safe?
Yes, it is very safe. Large amounts of hCG are released during pregnancy without any harmful side effects. The amount of hCG used in weight loss programs is only a fraction of what is naturally released in pregnancy. The only contraindications for the use of hCG are any hormone related cancer, an allergy to hCG, or precocious puberty in teenagers.
Why don’t pregnant women lose weight if they have large amounts of hCG circulating in their bodies?
The hormone hCG works to mobilize and burn fat for the body to use when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat. The body must go into a starvation state for the hCG to work. This is why it is a protective mechanism in pregnancy, especially for women who do not know they are pregnant, and live in poor economic status where they may not have enough food available to them. Most pregnant women do not fall into this category; therefore they do not lose weight, but instead gain weight appropriate for the growth of the baby. For weight loss, we use a very low calorie diet to stimulate hCG to help rid the body of fat.
Will the low calories diet cause my metabolism slow down?
The normal response to a low calorie diet (seen as starvation by the body), is to store fat and slow metabolism to ensure survival. However, when hCG is used in conjunction with a low calorie diet, the body’s excess fat reserves are burned as energy to support its needs. This prevents our bodies from storing fat and our metabolism from slowing down during the short period of time while on the VLCD and hCG.
If I eat a very low calorie diet without hCG, will I lose the same amount of weight?
No, because on a VLCD without hCG, you body goes into “starvation mode,” as mentioned above. In this mode your body is programmed to store fat instead of burning it, in order to create reserves to make it through the period of starvation. Then when the VLCD ends, the body will store even more fat as normal calorie consumption begins, to prepare for the next possible period of starvation. This is the common cycle people tend to fall into when dieting, and this is the reason they never keep the weight off. With hCG, you body is stimulated to burn fat during the low calorie period, so it does not fall into the cycle of storing fat as reserves. This will keep you from storing unwanted fat during the diet, and from having a rebound weight gain after the diet has ended.
Will I get hungry on the very low calorie hCG diet?
This will vary for each person. Some people get hungry, and some don’t. The hCG is stimulating your body to burn fat as energy, so your body’s energy needs are being met. This will help to reduce hunger in most people, because the body has plenty of energy to use (hunger is a reflex to let you know your body needs energy). Therefore, the body does not need to stimulate the hunger reflex as a response to low energy in the system.
Will I be depleted of vitamins and nutrients on hCG and the VLCD?
First, you must remember, the VLCD is only for a short period of time. Second, every time you lose a pound of fatty tissue, which will happen almost daily, only the actual fat is burned up. All the vitamins, proteins, and minerals contained in the tissue are fed back into the body. Fat cells contain an abundance of nutrients, and that is why the body uses them as reserves.
Will hCG interfere with any medication I am currently taking, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections?
HCG does not interfere with any medications, including birth control. There will be NO side effects as far as hCG and medications are concerned.
Will there be any changes in my menstrual cycle while I am taking hCG?
Patients should not experience any changes in their menstrual cycle, because the amount of hCG being used is very small. It also does not increase the chances of becoming pregnant or affect your ability to become pregnant while taking the hormone. It is not an acceptable treatment for a woman who is already pregnant or trying to get pregnant, due to the low calorie diet. Even though hCG is supposed to be a protective mechanism during times of starvation for pregnant women, we do not want to run the risk of a woman losing her pregnancy due to the VLCD.
Why are some people calling hCG the “weight loss cure”?
HCG is also being called the "Weight Loss Cure," because after taking it for weight loss, it reprograms your body to use stored fat for energy when calories are reduced for a period of time. It helps you maintain your weight and not regain the pounds you've lost. This is generally the opposite of what most people have experience with dieting, and this leads them to think of the hCG diet as the cure to weight loss problems.
How much weight will I lose on the program?
The average amount of weight loss is between 10 to 25 pounds for the three-week interval. This varies from individual to individual, and the closer you are to your body’s ideal weight, the slower you will lose weight. The slowest loser usually loses about 1/2 a pound a day.
Does weight loss slow down after the first month?
Most people will have a large amount of weight loss in the beginning, and then they begin to level off or plateau. This does not mean they stop losing weight, only that they are losing it at a slower rate (but most importantly, they are still losing). Some patients opt to do a second round of hCG, and during this time period, they can have another large drop in weight, followed by a leveling off stage as well.
Can men use the hCG program?
Yes, men can safely use the program, as long as they do not have a hormone dependant cancer (such as prostate cancer). Now, hCG is NOT a sex hormone, and its actions are identical in men, women, and children. Through an indirect path from the brain, hCG regulates menstruation and facilitates conception, but it never virilizes a woman or feminizes a man.
What blood work do I need before starting the program and why?
We run basic blood work. To learn more, schedule a free, private consultation at Derma Health Institute in Paradise Valley, AZ..
What does VLCD mean?
It is an abbreviation for “Very Low Calorie Diet.” You will see it throughout this diet plan to describe the 500 calorie diet.
Note: hCG is a prescription medication which is FDA approved for certain uses. Although it is is not FDA approved for the treatment of weight control or obesity, medications are frequently used off-label to treat conditions that are unrelated to their original indication, safely and effectively. Using hCG in dieting is considered an "off-label" use.