HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a bio-identical hormone that can help you lose both inches and pounds successfully and permanently. The HCG weight loss program involves lowering your caloric intake with a very specific meal plan and food list, as well as hormone and supplement drops or injections to assist you in managing your appetite and energy levels. In the process, your body releases what is called “abnormal fat” – fat that otherwise simply refuses to be burned as energy.

If you are a man or woman who has lowered your food intake but still remains overweight, HCG injections may be right for you. HCG is often part of the comprehensive medical weight loss programs at Total Body. Your plan is designed especially for you and includes personal medical counseling and dietary counseling from a board-certified physician. The focus of our care is to help you achieve permanent weight loss.

We are experts on the topics of weight-related illnesses, obesity, nutrition, fitness, prescription medications for weight loss, and behavioral motivation and modification. Our personal trainers and dietitians will ensure that you lose the weight as quickly and easily as possible and maintain that weight loss for the rest of your life.

How does the HCG diet work?

If you have struggled to lose weight despite your best diet and exercise efforts, HCG injections can help you finally take off the weight and keep it off permanently.

Research has shown that unwanted fat slowly deactivates your metabolism and discharges your cells’ batteries. The body then becomes saturated with fat cells that drain your energy and load you with unhealthy toxins. This is why it can be so difficult to lose weight.

As you reduce your intake of food with the assistance of the HCG injections and supplements, your body’s metabolism can reset itself. Then, you can make long-term lifestyle changes so that you continue to reduce and maintain your ideal weight.

Normally, when you lower your caloric intake significantly, your metabolism slows down as a part of a natural process that prevents your body from going into starvation mode. However, HCG will signal the body to use stored fat for energy and eliminate excess fat reserves.

The HCG injections also provide other benefits for many patients, including increased energy, relief of back pain, relief from migraines, and a positive effect on mood.

How many HCG injections are required?

During the program, you will administer daily HCG injections at home and receive a weekly injection in our office. These injections include the hormone, as well as energy-boosters so that the low-caloric intake of the diet does not cause you to feel too tired or hungry

We also recommend that most patients on HCG injections take a multivitamin and an additional vitamin B12 supplement every day to increase energy and metabolism.

Do HCG injections hurt?

A tiny needle is used, so the injections are well tolerated. Most patients experience minimal to no discomfort. For the HCG injections that are administered at home, we will give you full instructions so that you feel comfortable with the process before you leave our office.

We provide pre-filled syringes for the injections, which you will inject in the stomach, buttocks, thighs, or arms. You will place the injections about one inch apart rather than in the same spot every time.

How much weight can I lose with HCG injections?

On average, patients lose ½ to 2 pounds per day, and most patients lose inches as well.

Are HCG injections safe?

The HCG hormone is bio-identical, which means it has the same chemical structure as the hormones in your body.

HCG is not a hormone like estrogen or testosterone, so it does not cause breast cancer, prostate cancer, or any other type of cancer.

While taking large amounts of HCG can actually increase the appetite, the small amounts that you take under this program will safely suppress your appetite. Bear in mind, too, that we monitor you throughout your medical weight loss program to make sure that you are staying healthy and safe as you lose weight.

The HCG diet has been used for many years. Dr. ATW Siemons developed it more than 40 years ago. He primarily created it to treat clinically obese patients who were in danger of fatal health conditions. HCG injections are a safer weight loss method than most diets because you receive proper supplementation during your caloric reduction.

While HCG has not been yet approved by the FDA for weight loss, it has been approved for treating other medical conditions. It is perfectly legal for us to administer HCG injections for weight loss under the law as “Off Label Usage.”

HCG does not interact with any medications, nor does it interfere with your menstrual cycle or your ability to get pregnant. You should stop the HCG injections, however, if you become pregnant during the program.

How long is the HCG program?

There is a 23-day program and a 40-day program. Here’s how they work:

The 23-Day Program:

  • PHASE 1 – Days 1-2: Heavy calorie consumption in addition to HCG supplementation in the form of drops or injections.
  • PHASE 2 – Days 3-23: 500-calorie diet along with HCG supplementation through drops or injections.
  • PHASE 3 – Days 24-26: 500-calorie diet while discontinuing the HCG supplementation.

The 40-Day Program:

  • PHASE 1 – Days 1-2: Heavy calorie consumption in addition to HCG supplementation in the form of drops or injections.
  • PHASE 2 – Days 3-40: 500-calorie diet along with HCG supplementation through drops or injections.
  • PHASE 3 – Days 41-43: 500-calorie diet while discontinuing the HCG supplementation.

What will I eat during the HCG Diet?

We will provide you with a very specific diet plan and list of foods. These include meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and condiments. You will be restricted from eating refined sugar and most non-fruit/vegetable carbohydrates.

Will I feel hungry on the HCG Diet?

You might feel mild hunger for the first few days, but HCG suppresses your appetite and gives you an energy boost. It also helps you use stored fat as energy.

Will I exercise during the HCG Diet?

You should avoid exercise or only do light exercise during the program. You can do about 20 minutes of walking per day and a few sit-ups or push-ups. Since exercise burns calories, it can cause your hunger to increase and put your body into starvation mode.

How long do HCG injection results last?

If you are willing to follow our customized weight loss program, you can maintain your weight loss results forever.

How do I know if I would benefit from HCG injections?

The only way to know is to have a consultation with us. After an examination, consultation, and evaluation of your medical history, we will be able to tell you if HCG injections are a recommended part of your customized medical weight loss plan or if we recommend another protocol among our medically supervised weight loss programs.

Contact us today to find out more about HCG injections for weight loss at Total Body in the Atlanta, Georgia area.