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The HCG diet is an effective, but controversial diet. There is also much misinformation about the diet on the internet. However, any medical professional you ask will tell you that due to its low calorie limit, this diet should only be done under doctor supervision. We have helped many people lose significant amounts of weight, safely, on our doctor assisted 4 week and 8 week 800 calorie HCG diet plans.

 

What is HCG?

HCG stands for Human Choriogonadotropin, a human hormone produced by pregnant women to ensure the health of the uterus and the developing fetus. The hormone is produced by the female placenta and it is commonly used as a marker in pregnancy tests. Doctors also measure HCG levels to assess the risk of birth defects in the developing fetus. HCG is produced all through pregnancy, but levels peak at 14 week of pregnancy. After that, HCG levels decrease and the human pituitary takes over the process of maintaining the pregnancy and the developing uterus. Ideally, the function of HCG is to release fat stores in the mother and divert them towards the growing fetus.

The hormone also has a gonadotrophic effect i.e. it encouraged the formation of genitals in growing boys. As a result, doctors actively started using the hormone to encourage adolescence in boys who had a poorly developed pituitary gland. In 1930, it was Dr A.T.W Simeons who noticed that boys started on HCG treatment also showed a simultaneous fat loss pattern and increased muscle mass. As a result, he actively started researching the use of human HCG as a dietary or fat loss aid. He then went on to publish his findings in a book called the Dr. Simeons hCG Diet Protocol, “Pounds and Inches” which is still the definitive book on the diet.

 

How does the HCG diet work?

Most current HCG diets hold true to the fundamentals printed in Dr Simeon’s book. The diet is founded on a combination of HCG injections and a severely restricted diet. Major principles of the diet are as follows-

    • Dieters are recommended to stick to a 500 calorie diet. However, now experts suggest that it is safer to extend your dietary intake to 800 calories per day. This is because one turkey sandwich with mayo per day would fulfill your dietary intake for the day. This is very dangerous and literally similar to starving yourself and it could result in people falling off the diet. A 800 calorie plan is better as patients can consume a glass of black tea or coffee, 100gms of meat, and one serving of fruit, vegetable and bread. Although this is not a healthy diet, it’s still a much better nutritional calorie plan as compared to 500 calories per day. Nonetheless, this type of calorie restriction is also referred to as a VLCD or a Very Low Calorie Diet and it will automatically cause weight loss due to the low amount of food consumed.

 

  • Injections of HCG each day are also a part of the plan. The HCG can be taken in the form of 125 IU to 200 IU injections each day. The hormone is supposed to mobilize stored body fat and burn it up to produce more than 2000 calories of energy per day for the dieter.

One very important point to reiterate is that the HCG diet works, but medical supervision is necessary. Most nutritionists recommend that you get a complete medical checkup done to rule out underlying chronic medical conditions before starting on this drastic diet.

 

How to do the HCG diet?

STEP NO 1- VISIT THE DOCTOR.

You should start with a complete medical evaluation. Let us know about any medications that you are taking and especially if you suffer from diabetes or heart conditions. The doctor will assess your medical fitness for the diet and then find and dilute the HCG for your daily injections. Dr. Corie Linn is fully trained and well versed with HCG to help you out in case of complications. She will also be able to help you map a daily meal plan.

STEP NO 2 — FOLLOW THE DIET PLAN.

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A green apple, photo by Nick Perla

You will have to restrict your dietary calorie intake to about 800 – 1000 calories per day. You cannot consume starches, condiments, sweeteners (except Stevia) and white flour while on the hCG diet. You can replace this with whole vegetables, fruits and lean meats. If you fail to follow the meal plan, the diet encourages you to eat nothing but six apples on the next day to encourage loss of weight.

You will receive a workbook during your doctors visit with us. It contains many easy to follow recipes, meal plans, and calorie tables, as well as charts to track and monitor your progress.

STEP NO 3 – PLAN THE DIET

Most doctors recommend a phased diet that will ensure the maximum effect of hCG. We don’t use the term ‘phases’ in our plan, but it follows the same principals. For example, ‘Phase I’ starts with the building up of fat reserves by eating as much as possible for two days. ‘Phase II’ then consists of 28 days, up to 56 days with daily HCG injections and a 800-1000 calorie diet. Treatment may extend to 56 days (8 weeks) if the patient has more weight to lose. Usually, most patients report weight loss of about 1 pound every day to every other day. The last phase or ‘Phase III’ is called the Maintenance Phase and it is free of injections. This phase is required to clear the body of the hormone and ensure that the weight remains off. All patients have to stop after 56 days of treatment as the body develops immunity to external hCG in 56 days and weight loss stops. After the completion of the hCG diet, the patient is counseled on proper long term eating and exercise.

 

Does the HCG diet work?

Popular TV doctor, Dr Oz has evaluated the diet and he says that it does work but medical supervision is required. It’s not hard to find testimonials on the internet either which swear by the effect of the diet. New HCG based diet products are hitting late night TV shows and talk shows and the hype is deafening. However, each diet has its own drawbacks. The FDA has been vocal in suggesting care while following the diet and using HCG products. It has also set up additional clinical trials to verify and substantiate the claims of the HCG diet. HCG itself has been rarely known to cause complications like headaches, blood clots, leg cramps, hair loss, constipation and breast tenderness in dieters. There has also been one reported case of pulmonary embolism in a dieter.


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Disclaimer: HCG is a drug, which has not been approved by the food and drug administration as safe and effective in the treatment of obesity or weight control. There is no substantial evidence that HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restrictive diets.

HCG is only available after completing a physician evaluation.