Confused About the HCG Weight Loss Diet?
Don’t Know Where to Turn?
Hi, Dennis here…This is where you can get some good answers about the basics of the HCG diet protocol.
The Modern HCG Weight Loss Diet
HCG-driven weight loss is a major breakthrough in losing stubborn body fat. Everyone succeeds when they follow the plan exactly. This advanced fat loss program has been helping people lose abnormal fat for more than 50 years.
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone that occurs naturally both in males and females. It is best known as the hormone produced by pregnant women. During pregnancy, HCG guides the woman’s metabolism to burn calories from stored fat. Research shows that it works similarly in men and non-pregnant women to promote fat-burning metabolism.
Although the HCG weight loss diet has become very popular lately, it is not a new protocol. In fact, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons designed and published his major report on the complete program in 1954. Although this report gained some attention at that time, it took several years before the HCG protocol caught on in a big way. An increasing number of desperate dieters are turning to HCG to help them finally be successful in losing unwanted pounds for good.
Dr. Simeons reported that patients taking HCG could drastically reduce their caloric intake without experiencing the hunger pains, weakness, headaches, and irritability that typically occur on a very low calorie diet. Furthermore, Dr. Simeons also found that patients did more than just lose weight. They lost abnormal fat and reshaped their bodies the way they were supposed to look. These results happened regardless of whether patients exercised.
Not All Fat Loss is the Same
We now know that our bodies must contain different kinds of fat for good health. This includes fat that cushions our organs, fat that fuels the body between meals, and fat that enables cell membranes to work right.
However, the fat that accumulates around the belly, on the thighs and buttocks, under the arms, and on the inner part of the knees is an abnormal type that is harmful to health. This is the particular kind of fat that people lose on the HCG protocol.
If you have followed one diet after another, repeatedly experiencing weight loss followed by weight gain, it is because standard weight loss diets do not get rid of abnormal fat. Loss of healthy fat demands that you put it back on. Loss of abnormal fat does not.
Will You Starve on 500 Calories Per Day?
HCG helps reduce the craving for food by metabolizing stored fat. In other words, when you use HCG your daily need for calories is met partially by the food you eat and partially by the fat that you burn. Without HCG, 500 calories of food per day is a starvation diet. With HCG, it is not.
One fabulous indicator for getting calories from your own abnormal fat is body reshaping. When abnormal fat disappears, so does the double chin, potbelly, and flab around hips, thighs, and arms. Furthermore, since this fat is used up properly, you will not get saggy skin when you begin to shrink.
Is Fat Loss the Only Benefit?
Fat loss is the target. However, Dr. Simeons also reported that his patients lowered their cholesterol levels, decreased their blood pressure, normalized their sugar metabolism and sometimes even reversed Type 2 diabetes, and improved their skin elasticity.
Furthermore, HCG resets the hypothalamus part of the brain, which helps to rebalance a variety of hormones. Hormone imbalance is one of the most important factors that leads to gaining abnormal fat in the first place.
What Can You Expect?
Tolerance to the treatment is excellent regardless of age or gender. Weight loss and body fat reduction occur comfortably for patients as long as they follow the protocol to the letter. Any deviation from the protocol may undermine the expected results. Patients can expect an average loss of 0.5 to 1.5 pounds per day. Women typically lose fat more slowly than men do. Generally you can expect to drop 15 to 25 pounds during a 30-day HCG series. One of our male clients set the record by losing 40 pounds in 30 days, so we know that this is definitely possible. I was a more typical example for males, dropping 25 pounds and 8% body fat. My wife, Eve, was a typical example for females, ending up 15 pounds lighter with 5% less body fat.
You might experience mild hunger during the first 5-8 days of the program. By the second week, however, most people find small servings of food to be quite satisfying. Indeed, those who want to lose a substantial amount of weight (30 to 100 pounds or more) look forward to repeating the program until they get to their target weight.
Here is What You Will Need
The only original components of the protocol that people needed in the 1950s were HCG itself and a clinic where doctors administered the program. Things are potentially simpler now for do-it-yourselfers who can get HCG from foreign internet pharmacies for less than $100, then gather all the how-to information they need online. At the other end of the spectrum, full medical clinics in every major city offer the complete program, commonly ranging in prices up to $2,000 for a 30-day or a 43-day protocol.
Some things have changed from Dr. Simeons’ original protocol with hormone injections. Nowadays HCG is available in a liquid oral/sublingual form (the real stuff, not the homeopathic products that contain no hormone), sublingual pellets, a nasal spray, and a transdermal (through the skin) form.
Where to Buy HCG
I maintain a suggestion list for where you can get the real stuff, which I link here: Where To Order HCG (link also posted at the top of the page). Please note that most online sources of “HCG” are homeopathic, which I do not recommend at this time. They contain no hormone at all. If you want to know why I do not recommend homeopathic HCG, take a look at my video post on this from October, 2009, here: Homeopathic HCG Contains No Hormone.
What About Supplements?
Dr. Simeons advised against supplementing with multivitamins. However, this advice was more appropriate in the 1950s, when the nutritional value of food was greater than it is now. For this reason, multivitamins are more important than ever on the HCG protocol.
Vitamin B-12 is particularly important because it makes up for a reduction in energy that many patients feel during the protocol. Most clinics offer weekly B-12 injections, although a good sublingual product (2500 to 5000 mcg dose) can be taken every day as an equivalent.
The most important supplements for metabolic and digestive support are:
1) Chromium (2,000 to 3,000 mcg per day, in the form of chromium picolinate or chromium polynicotinate)
2) Green tea extract that is optimized for EGCG content; EGCG, not caffeine, is the primary metabolic enhancer in green tea for burning fat.
3) Any herbal formula that contains goat’s rue for stabilizing blood sugar.
4) A good probiotic supplement that supports your native G.I. tract bacteria with nutrient absorption; probiotic foods and most supplements fail to provide the right combination of quantity and quality of bacteria, so make sure the one you buy offers at least 15 bacterial strains and 15 billion cells per dose.
The best products for getting the right combination of the above supplements may be hard to find. The easiest place to find the ones that I recommend, which are the best ones that I have found, are available at my online store at Doctors Nutrition Center.
If you want to get access to our products, be sure to use the code ‘dnc42‘ when you sign up for your account.
Instructions for the HCG Diet Protocol
All the instructional material that you can shake a stick at is available on the internet. Unfortunately, too much if it is contradictory and confusing. When you start a program, make sure that you get clear instructions for when and how much HCG to take, when, how much, and what foods to eat, how to recognize and overcome the inevitable weight loss plateau, what is crucial to do immediately after the protocol, and how best to maintain your target weight for the rest of your life.
To make all this as easy as possible, I include a fairly clean copy of Dr. Simeons’ original book as a bonus with my free reports. You will get a link for downloading this book when you request these reports.
My goal is to show you the key steps for beginning the protocol, for getting the most out of it, for enjoying the whole program, and for staying trim (no yo-yo effect!).
Finding the Right Program
1. Make sure that you are getting real HCG. It comes in bottles or vials that have the amount clearly labeled as how many of I.U. (International Units). Homeopathic HCG will have no such amount, since it has no hormone at all.
2. What kind of ongoing advice and follow-up do you get? You should have contact with someone at a clinic and maybe even an online forum of other users that is run by the clinic.
3. How much guidance do you get for meal plans and recipes? This is crucial for getting the right number and source of calories and for enjoying the diet as much as possible. The right advice can make your experience delightful!
4. Do you know what to do after the program, in the 21-day critical period for stabilizing your fat metabolism? Make sure that you get the right guidance.
5. Do you know what to do for lifetime aftercare? Yes, you can gain weight all over again if you don’t find out how to eat sensibly. What this means may surprise you.
6. Make sure that you work with someone who has plenty of experience and success in helping others with the HCG diet.
The FDA still has not approved HCG for use in weight loss. Therefore it is not to be taken as official medical advice, nor as a diagnosis or treatment for any medical condition. Nevertheless, over a period of more than 50 years, tens of thousands of people have used HCG successfully for losing large amounts of weight quickly and healthfully.
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Be Informed About the Real Science of hCG!
HCG DIET – THE NEW DEFINITIVE GUIDE. Need help, advice, or answers that you just can’t seem to find anywhere? This guide puts everything in one place, including a scientist’s (mine) evaluation of scientific research on the hCG diet protocol. It contains some surprises, such as the difference between men and women on the protocol, the effects of the hCG diet on diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, and steroid hormones.
Unique this book on hCG is the extensive advice on what to do after you have reached your target weight. The hCG protocol is not a one-and-done strategy. You can yo-yo back to overweight if you don’t know what to watch out for and know exactly how you must eat and live to stay slim and healthy permanently. It offers clear and easy lifestyle strategies for life.
Purchase of this book comes with free downloads of the two recipe books below and with the 1971 revised edition of Dr. Simeons’ book. This is the latest edition with Dr. Simeons’ most up-to-date advice on the protocol.
Enjoy Your Food!
If you’ve been researching or following the HCG Weight Loss Diet plan, or any other diet plan for that matter, you may be expecting to suffer through bland, flavorless meals.
Here is how I got through my own HCG protocol without suffering diet food lunacy: I created a set of simple and delicious dishes that kept me motivated and looking forward to every meal. I put them into a book that is geared to HCG dieters who really want to enjoy their food and the whole HCG experience!
HCG DIET RECIPES. Let me start off by telling you about my own recipe book. I wrote it, so I am kind of partial to it. If you want an inexpensive and easy to use recipe book for making your HCG experience much more enjoyable, you will like my favorite recipes. You will learn some great ways to put flavor into all of your meals and never be hungry!
This book comes as a free bonus when you order HCG DIET – THE NEW DEFINITIVE GUIDE.
And What To Do After HCG:
Must Know Information!
AFTER HCG WEIGHT LOSS. The most common missing component for the success of the HCG diet is how to stay at your target weight permanently. The HCG protocol is not magic. You have to know what to do afterwards – for Phase 3 and beyond. Eve has put together the most important post-HCG advice and recipes that I have ever seen in one place. (Of course, I might be biased since I am married to the author!)
This book comes as a free bonus when you order HCG DIET – THE NEW DEFINITIVE GUIDE.
All the best in natural health,