The HCG Diet offers a unique medical weight loss program to patients desiring a healthy, effective weight loss and management program. The program has the advantages of medical assistance and supervision to ensure your safety, while enabling you to lose weight rapidly to help motivate you to achieve your weight loss goals. The weight loss program is based on the amazing power of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), a natural hormone with the ability to change one’s metabolism.
HCG “tricks” your body into thinking that it is pregnant, which changes your metabolism to burn the fat while eating a very low calorie diet. HCG is the hormone naturally secreted during a pregnancy to ensure nutrition is present for the fetus to grow. During times of starvation or very low calorie diets, when the body has HCG flowing within it, the body mobilizes the abnormal deposits of fat for nutrition. Thus, when these fat stores are being utilized, the weight drops precipitously. It is not uncommon to lose one to two pounds a day on this diet.
Normally, without HCG, ingesting a very low calorie diet would result in fatigue, loss of energy, and give you hunger pains. HCG enables the body to lose weight while maintaining your energy level and decreasing one’s appetite. Because HCG pulls nutrients from the abnormal fat stores, it supplies the needed energy calories to the body so fatigue is usually not a factor. Moreover, because the body sees lots of nutrients in the blood, the appetite center in the brain is not stimulated, thus the hunger pains are usually minimal and very tolerable.
The HCG diet was developed by Dr. Simeon in Rome, Italy, in the mid 1950’s. He postulated that we have three types of fat. One is structural fat, such as the fatty cushions in the soles of our feet. One is normal fat that acts as a reserve of energy stores. Finally, one is abnormal fat, such as the large deposits of fat in the “beer” bellies, the “saddlebags”, the “love handles” and the hips. The latter are the larger fat reserves that make us look “fat”.
HCG works primarily to mobilize the abnormal fat and to thus shrink the fatty deposits so one loses weight. It does not seem to mobilize normal fat or structural fat well. Therefore, it is a diet for people who want to lose 15 to 90 pounds or more. It is not a diet for people who need to lose only a few pounds for they have very little abnormal fat. These people may consider liposuction for body contouring to achieve their desired result, or just do a mild calorie restriction diet with proper exercise.
For people who want to lose a lot of weight, this program is ideal. It is easy to do. You don’t have to spend hours of time doing lots of exercise, although maintaining good muscle tone is very important for your health. While doing the diet, you learn about how many calories are in foods and how a food journal works easily. Plus, the results are a motivational boost for the successful dieter to continue to lose weight.
The diet program consists of four phases, guided intensively and monitored by Dr. Lowney and his nurse practitioners. An initial workup includes an exam and blood work. Then you are seen every two weeks for six weeks. You are followed very closely for potential side effects of this very low calorie diet. Vitamin supplements are suggested as needed to maintain your health so your body receives the essential nutrients it needs, while it metabolizes the stored fat and you lose the extra weight.
$950 for 1st cycle
$750 for 2nd cycle
$550 for all subsequent cycles
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should do the HCG DIET program?
Anyone who wants to lose excess weight and improve their health are candidates to doing the HCG DIET. It is especially helpful for those who have been trying to lose weight with exercise and dieting but are at a plateau and just can’t seem to get those extra pounds off. Changing their metabolism to burn the fat does work.
Can men and women do the program?
The program works very well in both men and women. In fact, many times men will lose more weight than women. The HCG produces the same metabolic effects to burn the extra fat in both genders. Don’t worry, men don’t develop “man boobs” or have symptoms of pregnancy from the HCG. It just works to shrink the fat and shed the weight.
Will I have any side effects from the program?
Eating a very low calorie diet could potentially cause some problems within your body. Therefore, a physical exam and workup is required before doing the program. While on the program, regular monitoring by a trained professional is a requirement to ensure your safety. If properly monitored, the program is very safe and very effective.
Why not just buy HCG off the web and do the program?
You can only buy HCG with a prescription from a physician. There are many websites that state they sell HCG, but this is considered illegal without a prescription because the FDA requires adequate monitoring while on the medication. Some websites sell “homeopathic” HCG, which are simply markedly diluted products with very little active HCG ingredient present. We do not recommend anyone do the HCG DIET without proper medication and proper monitoring.