HCG – What is HCG and how does the HCG Diet work?

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HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a natural hormone produced by our bodies.

HCG is a Glycoprotein hormone made of 237 amino acids. It has 2 subunits:

  • The α (alpha) subunit is identical to the pituitary hormones LH, FSH & TSH
  • The β (beta) subunit has 145 amino acids and is unique to HCG

Human chorionic gonadotropin is produced by the Placenta during Pregnancy. The role of HCG during pregnancy is to help the production of Progesterone, so that the uterine lining thickens and allows the Pregnancy to continue well.

Functions of HCG

HCG is produced by many tissues in both Women and men. It is a hormone that controls many metabolic functions and is used to treat many medical conditions.

Research has been done on the Anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer uses of HCG in Breast cancer and Melanoma. The reduced incidence of Breast cancer among females with multiple pregnancies is thought to be due to the presence of high levels of HCG for long periods of time.

  • Stimulating the Hypothalamus to induce Lipolysis (Fat burning)
  • Stimulate Testosterone which reduces Visceral fat & increases Muscle mass
  • Anti-Inflammatory action improves Insulin resistance & reduces Diabetes
  • Stimulate TSH which increases T3 (Thyroid hormone) known to burn fat
  • Stimulate GH which increases Muscle mass and reduces Visceral fat
  • Stimulate Leptin which signals the Hypothalamus that the Stomach is full

History of the HCG Weight Loss Diet

Dr Albert T.W. Simeons, a British Endocrinologist, originally came up with the HCG Diet. While he was studying pregnant women in India who were on a Calorie-deficient diet, he noticed that they lost fat rather than lean muscle tissue. He hypothesized that the HCG is programming the Hypothalamus to mobilize abnormal, excessive fat deposits to protect the developing fetus during a calorie deficient state. He also noted the same phenomenon (Losing fat rather than lean muscle) among Obese kids with Frolich’s syndrome (Pituitary disorder) while being treated with low dose HCG.

Based on these Observations, Dr Simeons recommended low-dose daily HCG injections (125 IU) in combination with a customized (VLCD) very low calorie diet (500 calories per day, high-protein, low-carbohydrate/fat) diet, which resulted in loss of Adipose tissue without loss of Muscle.
Dr Simeons published a book titled “Pounds and Inches” in 1954 to help the fight obesity.

Click here to download Dr Simeons manuscript!

How Does the Diet Work?

Dr Simeons based on his observations, used Injections of HCG, in combination with a very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). He had good success in having patients lose fat located in abnormal areas (Upper chest, Abdomen, Thighs). Dr Simeon’s hypothesized that HCG resets the hypothalamus to mobilize fat from existing abnormal fat cells, making it available for energy.

Instead of using Injections, most patients prefer to use Sublingual HCG tablets (Pharmaceutical grade) which seem to have produced good results in patients on the HCG diet. Most men and women can utilize and benefit from the HCG diet.

Even though patients are consuming only 500 calories per day, HCG seems to curb hunger, preserve muscle and allow patients to preferentially lose fat above and below the Umbilicus

Along with appropriate implementation and adherence to the HCG protocol, we strongly recommend that our patients coordinate with their primary care physician regarding their weight loss goals.

Our Physician supervised program provides the personal attention you deserve and unlimited phone support to address any issues that the patient has to ensure maximum success. Through our Weight Loss program, patients are assisted in their restorative journey towards Ideal health & wellness.

How our Physician supervised HCG Weight loss program works:

At Ageless Integrated Medicine, we provide Physician directed weight loss utilizing HCG and appropriate nutrition. Our Weight Loss program helps our patients manage their weight and take control of their cravings & eating habits.

Prior to starting the Weight loss program, an Initial evaluation which includes a detailed History and Physical examination and thorough Blood work analysis is done to identify possible medical reasons for being overweight. The blood work panel focuses on measuring Hormone levels (Testosterone, Thyroid, Growth hormone and Fasting Insulin), markers for Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and Metabolic Syndrome.

In our experience with the HCG weight loss program, we have seen that patients with balanced hormones have greater results and have more success in maintaining weight loss.

During the Initial consultation, we do Body Composition analysis using the INBODY 770 (BIA) Machine to accurately measure your Body fat percentage. Our Physician will discuss your blood work and INBODY report in detail and provide detailed instructions about the Diet program and answer any and all questions you have. In particular, our Physician will address your issues and struggles with appetites, meal choices, and unhealthy cravings, and help to correct them. Our Physician is passionate to help you successfully achieve your weight loss goals.

As part of our Weight loss program we provide FOUR in-office visits with our Physician. We also provide unlimited Phone support during the Diet. Our primary goal is to provide the personal attention you deserve & help you achieve your Ideal body weight successfully.

Potential Benefits of our HCG Weight Loss Program Include:

  • Reduction in appetite and Cravings
  • Significant reduction in Visceral Fat
  • Improved Cholesterol profiles (Lower triglycerides)
  • Increased HDL (the “good” cholesterol)
  • Improvement in Metabolic syndrome (Decreased Fasting Insulin levels)
  • Reversal of Pre-Diabetes/Dose reduction of Diabetes medications
  • Reduced BP (Hypertension)
  • Improvement in Joint pains /Arthritis
  • Improved Mental clarity
  • Decreased stress and anxiety

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