For many people, diet and exercise just aren’t enough to lose significant weight. The good news is that somewhere between the extremes of bariatric surgery and over-the-counter supplements is a weight loss solution to help shed stubborn pounds and achieve a slimmer appearance and a healthier weight. Not only do most people feel less attractive with extra bulk on their frame, but health often suffers as a result of weight gain. The providers at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA oversee a medically supervised treatment plan for a happier, healthier life: the HCG diet for weight loss.
What is HCG?
In the medical community, HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a hormone that is produced at very high levels during the first trimester of pregnancy. HCG reprograms the body to burn more calories without feeling the effects of hunger that would otherwise be produced by a low-calorie diet.
The program is delivered in three phases. Beginning with the first phase, patients are injected with HCG and encouraged to eat foods that are high in both calories and fat for two days. This first step seems counter-intuitive to other diet plans, but it is important for the body to respond to excess caloric intake accordingly. During the second phase, the patient continues to administer the prescribed dose of HCG and are required to eat just 500 calories a day. During the third phase, patients discontinue the HCG injections and gradually increase their caloric intake but avoid consuming starches and sugars for the next three weeks. The process was invented by a physician in the mid-1950s, and its popularity continues today.
Is It Effective?
It is thought that the HCG diet reprograms the body’s metabolism. While this method is not supported by clinical studies or the FDA, medical experts have safely constructed HCG medical weight loss plans for decades with excellent results. The experts at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery have treated hundreds of patients who were able to lose weight safely and rapidly through off-label HCG. Any negative side effects of HCG injections should be weighed against a patient’s comorbidities.
Improved HCG Weight Loss Experience
Ivette Ballara, RN begins the treatment process by providing patients with vitamin B12 shots. Due to the restrictive diet, natural consumption decreases. Vitamin B12 is found in animal products like eggs, dairy, meats, and fish, and some foods and beverages contain it as an additive. The vitamin is vital to human health as it helps the body produce DNA and red blood cells. It is also one of the essential vitamins that humans require for energy. By beginning the diet with this supplement, Ivette helps ensure a healthy weight loss process with the added benefit of an energy boost.
How Long Do Patients Remain on the Diet?
During the loading period or phase 1 of the diet, patients spend two days eating high-calorie foods to trigger the body’s metabolic response. Phase 2 is the dieting period and can vary in length from around 20-40 days. The next stage, phase 3, is referred to as the maintenance period where patients avoid consuming anything starchy or sugary. Generally, most people can increase their calorie intake to 1200-1500 daily if they adhere to these rules. Following the third part of the diet, patients can take a 3-week rest from the restrictive plan, and then begin again with the first phase. Many patients will repeat a number of cycles of the HCG diet until they have reached their goal weight. In order to keep the weight off, patients will have to make healthier lifestyle choices in both diet and exercise.
Considerations for the HCG Diet
Because of the restrictive nature of the diet, it is possible for some patients to face issues. The doctors will pre-screen those interested in the highly moderated food plan, because certain heart issues may preclude some people from participating. Bariatric surgery or another weight loss plan may be suggested instead. Vegetarians and vegans may find it difficult to consume sufficient amounts of protein in their regular diets, and the HCG diet promotes dairy and other sources of animal protein. Those with hypoglycemia or diabetes will also find that this is not an ideal weight loss solution.
While the HCG diet allows for a daily 500 calorie allowance, those who follow the plan must eat pre-approved foods. Many fruits and vegetables are ruled out for consumption. The doctors at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery can provide the dietary restrictions and the outline for the entire process.
Effects of Rapid Weight Loss
Some conditions can be controlled or completely alleviated when patients shed pounds quickly. While there are medical benefits, there can be some cosmetic side effects, like loose skin. The doctors are fully trained in plastic surgery and can address and post-weight loss concerns. Lifting and tightening procedures like tummy tuck, back lift, and butt lift are popular options, though the doctors are able to improve just about any part of the face or body.
HCG Diet FAQs
Is the HCG diet for women only?
HCG is naturally present in both men and women and is therefore safe for both sexes to adhere to. People will experience similar weight loss, and there are no additional precautions for men.
Is the HCG diet safe?
HCG is very safe. During pregnancy women produce extremely high levels of HCG and generally speaking, they experience few, if any, adverse effects. The amount of HCG OVME used is a fraction of what is produced during pregnancy. Additionally, OVME only procures HCG from FDA certified compounding pharmacies in the USA. Our supplier pharmacies adhere to stringent procedures to ensure purity, strength, and safety of compounded HCG.
What is the scientific basis of HCG’s effects?
HCG signals the hypothalamus, which is connected to your pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is referred to as the “master gland” because it helps regulate your endocrine (glandular) system. With this reaction, hunger subsides and weight loss is increased.
How long does the HCG diet last?
Patients may take part in the program for as long as 8 weeks, though it is cyclical. Following this time, patients may take 3 weeks off of the HCG injections and will eat between 1200-1500 calories. The doctors will advise the best course of action for each patient for the best weight loss results.
Will I feel hungry on the restricted-calorie plan?
Some patients following the HCG diet may feel hungry for the first day or two after beginning the plan, but the hormone helps with this side effect. Because the body burns existing fat for energy, this replaces calories from food that would otherwise create energy.
Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery
Ivette Ballara, RN is a weight loss expert who has helped hundreds of patients through the HCG diet in Atlanta, GA.
Contact Premier Image in Atlanta, Georgia, at 770-457-6303 to book a consultation with our medical staff and learn more about how the HCG medical weight loss diet can improve your life and help you finally reach your goals.