- What is HCG? (Scroll down for content)
- What is HCG 2.0?
- Is the HCG diet safe for Men?
- What are the positive effects of HCG?
- What are some negative side effects sometimes experienced while HCG is present in the body?
- What about homeopathic HCG?
- How exactly does HCG allow you to lose weight?
- Why the 500 calorie diet (VLCD very low calorie diet)?
- Of course being on a 500 calorie diet will help you to lose weight. How is the HCG protocol different from any other diet out there?
- What will I eat on this protocol?
- Who developed this protocol? Is it safe?
- How does this program compare to others? (As of November 2012)
1. What is HCG?
If you are unfamiliar with the HCG diet, HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadatropin), is a hormone produced during pregnancy. The purpose of the HCG hormone is to rally the metabolism of systemic fat. Typically, as a species, the human body is pre-disposed to retain calories in the form of fat reserves as a survival mechanism for long winters or famine; conditions that rarely exist today. This is why dieting is such an uphill battle; not only are we struggling our own poor eating habits, but a genetic predisposition to retain fat. HCG is the solution. When a women becomes pregnant, the growing baby requires a 24/7 calorie source. In response, the placenta of the mother begins to produce HCG, which “unlocks” her stored fat to provide the calories necessary for proper development of her unborn child. If the HCG hormone is supplemented in the absence of a pregnancy, the dieter can sustain themselves on their own stored fat, resulting in healthy weight loss. CLICK HERE to learn more about the physiology of HCG.
2. What is HCG 2.0
The HCG 2.0 diet uses the exact same HCG hormone used in the traditional HCG diet with the difference being in the protocol. HCG 2.o incorporates advanced research in low-carb/ketosis dieting, caloric ratios and basic food chemistry to add “smart” calories to the diet. Medicine is called a practice for a reason. As new technology and research becomes available, treatment programs evolve. The HCG diet is no different. It was time to for an upgrade. See for yourself here.
3. Is the HCG diet safe for Men?
Yes! The HCG protocol is safe for men and even works faster for men. While women typically lose .5 lb. – 1lb. per day, men typically lose 1 to 2 lbs per day. In addition, the amount of HCG prescribed for weight loss is a mere fraction of what is produced by a pregnant on a daily basis. To hear Dr. Oz’s comments regarding HCG and it’s success in men, CLICK HERE.
4. What are the positive effects of HCG?
Besides the accelerated weight loss and body re-shaping, many of our patients report:
- better, more deep sleep
- improvements in blood chemestry including lowered cholesterols, blood pressure and HBa1C, which typically remains low following the diet
- less insulin or other medications required while on the protocol
- higher energy levels without a nervous or edgy feeling
- a general feeling of well-being
To see how HCG can significantly improve blood work, CLICK HERE.
5. What are some negative side effects of HCG?
While on the protocol a few patients report:
- a headache for the first few days of the protocol (which can be addressed with aspirin, etc.)
- leg cramping (which can be assuaged if brought to the staffs attention)
- slight, temporary hair thinning (the same phenomenon that occurs after child birth or any excess weight loss method)
- very rarely, tenderness of the breasts
6. What about homeopathic HCG?
Homeopathic HCG comes in a liquid and is taken sublingually (under your tongue). It is manufactured in the United States by an FDA approved homeopathic manufacturer. You find more about Homeopathic HCG in HCG 2.0.
7. How exactly does HCG allow you to lose weight?
This is best answered by relating HCG to its function during pregnancy. HCG is produced by the placenta of pregnant women with the sole purpose of providing a 24/7 calorie source for the growing baby. It does so by tapping into fat stores in our bellies, arms and thighs, releasing those calories to be used as an energy source for the growing baby. Int he absence of a pregnancy the hormone can supplemented to produce the same effect, putting 1500 to 4000 calories per day of stored fat into the system, allowing the dieter to sustain themselves on their own stored – resulting in rapid, but healthy fat loss. As a species, our bodies are programmed to retain calories and store them away in our fat for long winters or famine – conditions that rarely exist today. In fact, our bodies actually become more efficient at storing away calories when we diet. The reason being is that our bodies presume a decrease in our caloric intake is the result of decreases in food sources. This is why dieting is such an uphill battle; not only are we fighting our own poor eating habits, but our own human physiology, as well. HCG flips this upside down and literally allows us to sustain ourselves on our own stored fat, providing rapid weight loss.
8. Why the 500 calorie diet (VLCD very low calorie diet)?
You are on a VLCD (very low calorie diet) of 500 calories because while you are on the HCG, your body is releasing 1500-4000 calories from abnormal fat into your bloodstream each day. So, with the 500 calories you are consuming plus the 1500-4000 calories being released into your system, you are actually getting the benefit of (500 + 1500-4000) = 2000-4500 calories each day.
9. How is the HCG protocol different from any other diet out there?
Dr. Simeons, the physician who developed the HCG Weight Loss Protocol, said in his manuscript, Pounds and Inches; A New Approach to Obesity, “When an obese patient tries to reduce by starving himself, he will first lose his normal fat reserves. When these are exhausted he begins to burn up structural fat, and only as a last resort will the body yield its abnormal reserves, though by that time the patient usually feels so weak and hungry that the diet is abandoned. It is just for this reason that obese patients complain that when they diet they lose the wrong fat. They feel famished and tired and their face becomes drawn and haggard, but their belly, hips, thighs and upper arms show little improvement. The fat they have come to detest stays on and the fat they need to cover their bones gets less and less. Their skin wrinkles and they look old and miserable. And that is one of the most frustrating and depressing experiences a human being can have.”
To paraphrase Dr. Simeons; HCG allows your body to tap into your body’s abnormal fat deposits (shoulders, upper arms, hips, thighs, and buttocks). In obese clients, these deposits are not usually accessible to the body until the person has gone through both his normal fat and structural fat as described above. This is the reason why no matter how much some people exercise and starve him/herself, they are still incapable of shedding their unwanted weight. The HCG, coupled with the very low calorie diet, allows these abnormal fat deposits to be used by the dieter as a calorie source thus sustaining themselves on their own stored fat and maintaining muscle mass.
10. What will I eat on this protocol? Do I have to buy your diet food?
You will eat fresh food that you buy from the grocery store. There is a very detailed list of the foods you can have while on the protocol in Dr. Simeons manuscript and we go over it in the informational video (which can both be found on our homepage). There is no program food or special diet food we require you to purchase from us.
11. Who developed this protocol? Is it safe?
Dr A.T.W Simeons developed the HCG Protocol in Italy in the 1950s. He worked on the study of obesity for 40 years and on this protocol specifically for about 20 years. He helped countless patients in his clinic. Patients would spend thousands of dollars to go to his clinic in Italy for the duration of their course, receive injections each day, and be monitored by Dr. Simeons. Thanks to modern medicine, we now have a homeopathic HCG option which allows clients to administer their own HCG daily (without having to consult with a physician or illegally order their HCG over the internet). Both we and Dr. Simeons have found the protocol to be extremely safe and effective. We have had hundreds of clients use the protocol with great weight loss and significant improvement in overall health. Keep in mind, this is the same hormone produced naturally in a pregnant womans body. It is also frequently used in infertility treatments for both women and men. Additionally, in both of these situations, the HCG present/administered is substantially higher than the amount administered for weight loss in the HCG Weight Loss Cure Protocol. Just to put it into perspective, Dr. Simeons advised each patient on the HCG protocol to administer 125 units of HCG per day for a maximum of 40 days. However, during pregnancy, a woman can produce up to 1,000,000 units per day.
Additionally, the HCG diet has been featured and reviewed in many medical journals and publications. Click the image below from First for Women Magazine in which Dr. Oz discusses the benefits of the HCG diet.
12. How does this program compare to others?
Below is a chart comparing time and cost involved in losing 20 pounds.
|Weight Loss Program||Rate of Loss Per Week||Food Provided||Time Needed to Lose 20 lbs.||Cost to Lose 20 lbs.|
|Weight Watchers||1 – 2 lbs||None||12 weeks||$120|
|Medifast||2 – 5 lbs||Some but must still purchase meat & vegetables||5 weeks||$650|
|Nutri System||1 – 2.5 lbs||Some but must still purchase fruit, vegetables & dairy||12 weeks||$900|
|Jenny Craig||1 – 2 lbs||Some but must still purchase fruit, vegetables & dairy||12 weeks||$1,250|
|InsideOut Wellness||Women 3.5 – 5 lbs||None||5 weeks||$109-400 (avg.)|
|InsideOut Wellness||Men 7 – 7.5 lbs||None||5 weeks||$109-400 (avg.)|