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How Effective is the HCG Hormone for Losing Weight? for Men or Women

Apr 22 2020

How Effective is the HCG Hormone for Losing Weight? for Men or Women

HCG to Lose Weight – What is HCG?

A weight-loss diet, that suppresses appetite and helps you lose 1-2 pounds a day, seems too good to be true? That is the claim for the HCG diet. So what exactly is HCG? HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) not to be confused with HGH (human growth hormone) is also known as the pregnancy hormone. This hormone is approved by the FDA for fertility, however, at different doses and frequency can have other clinical benefits. Taking HCG in smaller doses allows the hormone to work on your metabolism, and suppresses your appetite, changing it enough to survive on a lower calorie diet. Calorie deficits and surpluses affect hormonal imbalances in our body and HCG helps maintain hormone levels making dieting more effective.

How does it work for weight loss?

The diet consists of only two components, low calorie-restricted diet and the HCG hormone administered via injection. When following a calorie-restricted diet that is low in fat and simple carbohydrates, HCG can stimulate weight loss, particularly the loss of fat while sparing lean muscle. Muscles allow for a stronger metabolism and help you burn more calories, which is why maintaining muscle mass is a key component to successful weight loss. Hormone deficiencies can also trigger weight gain, and HCG helps the body make more hormones, restoring natural balance. Proper testosterone levels help maintain and grow new muscles preventing the body’s breakdown of muscle tissue due to the calorie restriction. With the use of much lower doses than used in fertility, HCG coupled with a restricted diet will stimulate the use of stored body fat for energy. HCG injections have been shown to reduce feelings of hunger, allowing you to eat very little comfortably. Most calorie-restricted diets can result in the loss of water and muscle for energy while storing body fat as a survival mechanism. HCG alone will not result in weight loss but rather coupled with the proper nutrition plan, can mobilize 1-2 pounds of body fat per day. You can not only lose unsightly fat deposits, but many experience a reshape and redefinition in their body.

Dietary restrictions:

The HCG protocol limits calorie consumption. However, we do not recommend the original protocol of 500 calories per day, rather a modified version of this protocol. Carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice, and beans are prohibited. Proteins high in fat are restricted as well. Fruits and vegetables are limited to those that are low glycemic in nature. Spinach, chicory, beet greens, chard, tomatoes, celery, onions, cucumbers, asparagus, and cabbage are acceptable. The choice of fruits is much more limited, only having an orange, apple, mixed berries, or half a grapefruit. What should you avoid eating on the hCG diet? Those include butter, oils, nuts, starchy vegetables, and sugar, to name a few.

Using hCG as a weight loss aid has been around since the 1950s. It has recently come back into popularity with exposure to the diet on popular television talk shows such as Dr. Oz and Rachel Ray. Such calorie-restrictive diets should always be monitored by a medical weight loss professional to avoid any adverse side effects. HCG allows your body to preserve muscle mass and use stored body fat as fuel. The internet is full of myths and success stories of HCG in equal measure; it is essential to discuss your options with a medical hormone specialist to determine if HCG is right for you. Vitality Aesthetic & Regenerative Medicine is one of the best hormone therapy specialists in Tampa Bay and can provide you with a full panel of bloodwork and testing to evaluate whether or not a hormonal imbalance is the cause of your body’s inability to lose weight. Find them online at