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What is the HCG Diet, and Is It Right for You?

As there are so many weight-loss programs available, its important to educate yourself and determine which program is right for you. One diet you may have heard of is the HCG diet. Let’s explore what the HCG diet is and what it can do for you as you commit to losing weight.

What is HCG?

During early pregnancy, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is released in large amounts. Home pregnancy tests use this hormone as a marker. It has also been used to treat fertility issues in both men and women. It stimulates the ovaries, helps a woman’s eggs mature, and stimulates testosterone production in men’s testicles. Additionally, it helps maintain the production of important hormones such as progesterone to support the healthy growth of the uterus and fetus. Levels of HCG decline after the third month of pregnancy. HCG can be a powerful source to boost metabolism, and a boosted metabolism leads to fat burning. ACAM’s (American College for Advancement in Medicine) Andrea Purcell, ND explains how this hormone works:

“One of the roles of HCG in pregnancy is to increase metabolism by allowing the fat that the pregnant woman has stored to be accessible to her during famine. In other words, the fat stores can be broken down by the HCG and used as food for her and the baby should the food supply run out while she is pregnant. This ensures a healthy, full-term pregnancy. In a non-pregnant person, we can recreate this metabolic situation by administering HCG and putting the patient on a low-calorie diet. When we do this, the fat that the patient wants to lose becomes the primary food source as it is broken down and used as energy. In essence, we are forcing the body to burn its own fat stores. Thousands of calories in stored fat are released and are used by the body or expelled.” (Purcell, HCG for Weight Loss, ACAM, April 2014)

The origins of the HCG diet

In the 1950s, British physician Dr. Albert T. Simeons claimed that the HCG regimen could cause the body to preferentially burn stored fat, particularly from the stomach, hips, and thighs.*

“While treating adolescent boys’ low testosterone levels with HCG, Dr. Simeons observed they began to slim down and began losing abnormal belly fat. Knowing that HCG positively affects the hypothalamus, he hypothesized that this area of the brain was responsible, in part, for the regulation of normal and abnormal fat. Over the next ten years, Simeons experimented with specific amounts of HCG and specific foods. He observed and documented that when both the correct amount of HCG and his food plan were followed as he had designed, both males and females had the ability to lose extraordinary amounts of abnormal fat in relatively short periods of time as compared to diet and exercise alone.” (HCG Diet Council, The History of HCG and Weight Loss, 2022)

Therefore, the HCG diet is a weight-loss protocol that combines daily injections of HCG with calorie restriction, typically around 500 calories per day.

How is the HCG different from other diets?

The HCG diet is short-term, participants eat real food, muscle mass is maintained, and cellulite (toxic fat) is burne.  What people lose with HCG isn’t simply weight but unwanted fat. The HCG diet allows you to rapidly lose a specific amount of weight in a relatively short amount of time.

One concern with many weight-loss programs is that individuals understandably do not want to lose muscle. Dr. Simeons assured dieters that they would lose more fat than muscle and would not be as hungry or irritable as they might expect on such a calorie restriction. In 1954, Simeons reported that he had treated 500 patients and found that those who followed the HCG weight-loss plan for 40 days lost 20 to 30 pounds without feeling weak or excessively hungry. As a result, the HCG diet became popular throughout the 1950s, and many people still follow the program today. The HCG diet may reduce feelings of hunger and support weight loss by redistributing body fat from the thighs, stomach, and hips.

Dr. Woeller’s Contribution

Valley Medical Weight Loss is excited to hear from Dr. Woeller as our HCG expert. She is starting the HCG diet herself and is offering tips, recipes, and support on our Facebook page. Dr. Woeller confesses that since becoming a newlywed, she has indulged a bit too much, and was looking for a way to get her diet back on track. She began the HCG protocol a couple of weeks ago and looks forward to sharing her progress and hearing from others doing the protocol along with her. Dr. Woeller will log what she’s eating, weight loss, recipes, and encouragement and answer any questions on the social media platform. Post headings will say, “Losing it with Valley Medical; Dr. Woeller HCG weight loss.”

As it goes for the beginning of any new diet supplement, preparation is everything! To prepare for the HCG diet, Dr. Woeller recommends eating clean for about two weeks before starting; otherwise, it can be a shock to your system from eating a high-calorie, high-fat diet of primarily processed foods to moving the HCG diet. She recommends the 10 day lean and clean program. She says, “If you are releasing fewer toxins while you are dieting, you’ll have a more comfortable and positive experience.” You will set yourself up for success if you plan, clean out your refrigerator and pantry, purchase groceries, and get your mindset ready. It’s also important to focus on what you CAN have on this diet instead of what you CAN NOT have.

HCG Friendly Foods to Keep on Hand (including but not limited to):

Radishes
Cucumbers
Celery
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Onions
Cabbage
Apples
Oranges
Red grapefruit
Strawberries
Lean sirloin steak
Shrimp
Tilapia
Chicken breast
“HCG-legal salad dressing” (for recipe click HERE)

For a more comprehensive list, check out the HCG diet food list on HCGplan.net.

Are there side effects?

The high levels of HCG produced during pregnancy have no negative effects on the pregnant woman’s body. This is why doctors have used HCG for many years to help women experiencing hormonal issues or fertility problems. Minor side effects, such as low blood pressure or low blood sugar, can be easily managed with proper medical supervision for non-pregnant individuals. As with any diet, patients may experience side effects that include fatigue, irritability, and restlessness, but should resolve when the body adjusts to the new protocol.

Is the HCG diet right for you?

HCG is one of many options to address weight loss. The best way to determine if HCG is right for you is to consult with our doctors, and our doctors will educate you on the protocol to help you determine if it’s the right program for you.

An ideal candidate for the HCG diet is any man or woman who has at least 15 pounds to lose and is otherwise generally in good health. These individuals are looking for a jumpstart to their weight loss to stay motivated. It can be frustrating to feel like you are eating clean and exercising without losing weight, and the HCG diet might be the initial boost you need to see results quickly.

During a consultation with our doctors, they will cover your health history and current weight loss goals. Additionally, they can go over the HCG diet and ultimately decide if it is the path for you to take.

If you have an interest in a free consultation with one of our HCG doctors, booking an appointment is unnecessary. We are a walk-in only clinic. Simply come on in at your convenience. We are open Mon, Tue, Thu, or Fri between the hours of 9 am-4:30 pm. Or Saturdays from 8 am to 1:30 pm.

Mention this article to receive $50 off your HCG package.

 

*CAVEAT FROM FDA: Since 1975, the FDA has required labeling and advertising of HCG as follows. HCG has not been demonstrated to be an effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it 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-restricted diets.

HCG weight loss program

What Do You Eat on the HCG Weight Loss Program?

The HCG weight loss program maintains a strict low-calorie diet to help you lose weight fast

If you’ve been looking for a way to lose weight fast, then you may have already heard of the HCG program.

It’s a program that includes bi-weekly injections of HCG and a limited calorie intake of only 500 calories per day.

It’s been helpful for many of our patients to lose weight quickly. The diet helps you curb cravings & reduce appetite while cutting calorie intake low enough to lose significant weight in a short period of time.

Here’s a breakdown of how the diet works and what you can eat on the die.

What can you eat on the HCG diet?

The HCG diet helps you lose weight fast by drastically cutting calories for a select period of time. And while on the diet, you want to use your allotted calories to get the most nutrient-dense foods available. 

It’s a diet that doesn’t require exercise, and in fact, exercise is not recommended during this diet because of the low calorie count.

The diet can help you start cutting out unhealthy foods that don’t contribute to your overall health. On the diet, your calories are cut low to only 500 to 800 calories each day. With this amount of food, you must be thoughtful about what kinds of foods you eat so you ensure you get the most nutrient-dense food in these allotted calories.

Many patients have noted that being on the diet helped them learn how to eat well and stop craving the unhealthy foods like chips, sweets, and sodas that were preventing them from sticking to a weight loss plan before. While they would not want to be on such a strict diet forever, and learned how to diet effectively within a normal calorie range. They also found that being on it to start their weight loss plan helped them see progress early. When they saw progress early, it motivated them to keep going and to hit their goals, even after they stopped the HCG diet.

Below is what a typical day might look like on the HCG diet and some of the foods allowed.

Breakfast:

It’s common to skip breakfast altogether. Since there are only 500-800 calories permitted within a day, timing your meals for later can help you curb hunger as you go through the day.

At most, some people have coffee or tea without any sugar added. Some will add one tablespoon of milk, but that’s the largest portion of milk permitted within a 24-hour period.

Lunch:

150 grams of grilled meat with no added oil or butter

Some of the approved meats for the diet include grass-fed beef, skinless chicken, flounder, halibut, cod, shrimp, lobster

1 large handful of vegetables. These can be eaten raw, boiled, grilled, or steamed as long as there is no added oil

Some of the approved vegetables for the diet include spinach, tomatoes, celery, onions, cabbage, and any lettuce or leafy greens.

As for carbs, you get:

1 breadstick

1 medium apple, 1 grapefruit, or a handful of strawberries

Dinner:

For dinner, you eat the same foods as for lunch.

But it’s important that you do not make dinner the same as your lunch. You want to include a variety of foods in your diet so you get a range of the vitamins and other micronutrients offered by these different foods.

Exclusions:

Essentially everything else.

But the diet does allow for the use of herbs, sea salt, Bragg’s amino acids, and apple cider vinegar to flavor your meals.

You also must drink 64 ounces of purified spring water daily.

How to safely do the HCG weight loss program

The HCG weight loss program isn’t meant to be a long-term diet. Most patients stay on the diet for 3 to 6 weeks. But how depends on your overall health. It’s also important to work with a doctor while you’re on the diet so they can monitor your progress.

Since it requires significant calorie reduction, you want to make sure you work with a professional who can routinely check your reaction to the diet and make adjustments as needed for the few weeks you follow the diet.

It’s also important to work with a professional who can help you keep the weight off when you’ve reached the end of that HCG period. Staying at 500 calories isn’t sustainable in the long run, and it’s important to learn how to manage calorie intake for long-term weight loss and maintenance.

For our patients, after their HCG diet period to drop significant amounts of weight fast, we set them up for long-term success with diet and exercise plans to promote long-term health.

To get professional medical guidance for this program, come into one of our centers and we’ll be able to go over your health history, goals, and whether or not the HCG weight loss program is right for you.