What's the science behind hCG?
hCG is a acronym for human chorionic gonadotropin. It's is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy, and it causes a continuous release of fat, especially from abnormal fat stores (hips, thighs, buttocks and belly). This hormone, when used in conjunction with a ketogenic diet - a diet completely devoid of sugars and starches - forces the body to use fat instead of carbs as its primary source of fuel. This turns the body into a fat-burning machine.
Are there any side effects of using hCG?
A small percentage (about 15%) experience a little constipation and/or menstrual irregularity.
Can I do the hCG program more than once?
Yes, but we do recommend a 4 week break in between programs to allow for maximum efficacy.
How much weight can I realistically expect to lose on the hCG program?What percentage of this weight is actual fat vs. lean body mass?
The numbers differ between men and women. Realistically on the short program (26 days) women can expect to lose 10-15 pounds and men 15-20 pounds. On the longer program (43 days) women will lose 18-23 pounds on average, while men will lose 30-35 pounds. When a ketogenic diet is combined with hCG, less than 10% of the total weight loss is from lean body mass (i.e. muscle) whereas typical calorie restriction diets result in 30% loss of lean body mass.
Has hCG for weight loss been approved by the FDA?
As long as hCG is administered under the supervision of a D.O. or M.D then the use of hCG for weight loss is perfectly legal and safe.
Is hCG safe for men?
Yes. Not only is hCG safe for men, but our average male patient loses nearly twice as much as our average female patient.
Do you need appetite suppressants while on the hCG diet?
Although touted as the “500 calorie diet” this is a complete misnomer. In actuality, you can eat as much as you want, as long as you follow our guidelines. Therefore appetite suppressants are not needed, but are available as needed.
Can I pay through my insurance?
Unfortunately, medical weight loss, with the exception of bariatric surgery, is not covered in the state of Georgia. However, flex spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) can be used to cover this treatment.
Is it really effective or is it a placebo effect?
In our clinical experience we have performed over 20,000 treatments with a 90% success rate. 70% of those who have been successful on the diet stay within 2 pounds of their last injection weight for more than a year.
Is the hCG that I buy over the counter the same as what I purchase at a doctor’s office?
No. Pharmaceutical hCG cannot be purchased without the authorization of a physician (M.D or D.O).
My doctor told me it is dangerous to be on a 500 calorie /day diet. Is there any truth to this?
Your doctor is correct. A typical calorie restricted program that involves the intake of only 500 calories a day can be very dangerous to your health. The hCG protocol (hCG + ketosis) is not a mandatory 500 calorie/day diet. Your body will dictate exactly how much food you need. Our hCG program is not based on calories but rather on food type and portion control.
Can’t I just do the diet without the hCG and lose the same amount of weight?
Yes, in theory this would work IF you could physically stay on the diet for any significant length of time. You would lose the same amount of weight but you would lose a greater percentage of lean body mass in the process, and it's likely you would experience more negative side effects that would tempt you to end your diet.