Serving Washington State since 2010

HCG Demystified

Q: Is it safe to use hCG?
A: HCG is very safe. Women experience extremely high levels during the nine months of pregnancy and have multiple pregnancies without ill effects. The small pharmaceutical grade amount used for weight loss has NO side effects.

Q: If hCG works so well for weight loss, why don’t pregnant women lose weight?
A: HCG works to mobilize fat for utilization by the body only when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat.  A starvation state must exist for hCG to work. For weight loss, we use a very low calorie diet to trigger hCG to help rid the body of fat.

Q: Will my metabolism slow down if I’m on a very low calorie diet?
A: Normally when we cut back our calories and fat, our bodies store fat and our metabolisms slow down. This happens because fat is really a life-saving source of stored energy. When a very low calorie diet is employed with hCG, the body is signaled to use the fat that is stored for energy or for elimination.

Q: Wouldn’t I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low calorie diet without hCG?
A: You can lose weight by simply eating fewer calories and fat, but because the body stores fat during times of deprivation, you will most likely lose muscle and bone before fat. This causes cellular metabolism to slow down, so in the long run, it would make gaining weight easier.

Q: The hCG diet is very low calorie, will I get hungry?
A: Because hCG mobilizes fat and makes it available to the body as an energy source, it naturally reduces appetite. So, even though, you are taking in fewer calories, your body is able to access the energy you have stored. Most people have plenty of energy and feel good while on the program.

Q: Will hCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking?
A: No, hCG does not interact with any medications and there are no side effects.  We still recommend checking with Lita, our pharmacist for interactions.

Q: Will I experience any changes in my menstrual cycle taking hCG?
A: No, there are no side effects from the very low amounts of hCG that we give.  Although since most women’s hormones respond differently, we would recommend not starting the hCG program right before or during your menses.

Q: How much weight can I expect to lose on the program?
A: On average, our patients lose around 20 lbs. per month. Many times 10 to 12 lbs are lost in the first week.

Q: Does the weight loss slow down after the first month?
A: Often times what we see is a large weight loss in the first month, then we will see a plateau. This does not mean weight loss has stopped. Usually we still see inches being lost continuously and then we will see another large drop on the scale. Weight loss is achieved in stair-step fashion

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