The hCG Diet
The Hypothalamus controls distribution of adipose tissue (fat) throughout the body. hCG encourages the hypothalamus to trigger a hormonal cascade which increases mobilization of stored adipose tissue, particularly from the abdomen, hip and gluteal areas. This mobilized body fat is then taken to the liver and turned into glucose through a process known as gluconeogenisis (new production of sugar). For every pound of mobilized body fat, roughly 1000-2000 calories of glucose is then released into the bloodstream to be utilized by the body for energy. This is part of why only 500 calories of food are needed with the diet and why we are not hungry with this drastic caloric restriction, we are essentially living off body fat.
A real life example:
P.D. is a 63 year old woman who lost 63 lbs! Starting at 241lbs, she was dedicated to looking and feeling better. Over a 1 year period, she did 3 short 4 week cycles of hCG injections and followed our maintenance meal plan in between cycles to get to her goal weight. She has maintained her weight and continues to exercise, eat right and feel great! These are real results that you too can achieve
Starting the diet:
We want everyone to be successful, and the hCG diet might not be right for every patient, so we analyze each patient to determine the best weight loss program. A full physical exam is performed and body fat % and BMI is calculated. Blood work is ordered as necessary, we like to evaluate for thyroid dysfunction, insulin resistance and other factors that would prevent normal weight loss. We will discuss overall health and weight loss goals and strategize on how to achieve those goals most efficiently. If the hCG diet is right for you, we will instruct you on how to inject hCG (don’t worry, they are tiny needles!). A B-12 shot to boost energy and metabolism is given and we send you off with 7 hCG syringes with instructions to gorge for the first 2 days of the diet (the fun part!).
The calorie restriction starts day 3. Each morning you’ll get on the scale, log your weight, and inject the hCG. We’ve designed an easy to follow meal plan so there’s no need to figure out a 500 calorie diet on your own. You have choices of proteins, veggies and fruit that you are able to eat on the diet. If food prep is intimidating, we will gladly give you the name of a personal chef that knows the diet and will deliver all the meals to you at an affordable price. Light cardiovascular exercise is recommended in this phase, but weight training should be avoided (just for the 1st 4 weeks).
Each week you’ll come in, drop off empty syringes, receive another B-12 shot and meet with Dr. McNeil for a few minutes to ensure weight loss goals are being achieved. Then you are sent home with another 7 syringes, usually a stronger dose than the previous week.
At the end of the program you will meet with Dr. McNeil for another consult, this is where we give detailed instructions on Phase 2, “The Maintenance Phase”. In Phase 2 we teach you how to eat to maintain your weight loss results. This phase lasts about 12 weeks and is important to reset the body at its new lower weight. Weight loss slows down in phase 2 but most people continue to lose weight during this period. Sugars, starches, trans-fats, artificial sweeteners and nitrates (processed foods) are not allowed during this phase. Patients can be cycled back on the hCG diet after Phase 2 if there is still more weight that needs to be lost.
Customized diet and exercise plans can be created for any patient that is not a candidate for hCG. We also offer supervised cleanses and meal replacement powders for weight loss and health optimization.
More Americans are becoming overweight or obese, exercising less, and eating unhealthy foods. According to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 63.1% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese (36.6% are overweight and 26.5% obese).
- 59.2% of obese Americans exercised at least one day per week, compared to 69.9% of overweight people, and 73.8% of normal-weight people.
- Obese people are less likely than people in every other weight category (overweight, normal weight, underweight) to have eaten five servings of fruits and vegetables on at least three days of the past seven.
- Obese Americans also are less likely to say they ate healthy “all day yesterday.”
Body mass index (BMI) is a common measure of body fat based on height and weight. A BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese, overweight if it’s between 25-29.9, normal if it’s 18.5-24.9, and underweight if it’s less than 18.5. People who are obese are far more likely to report being diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or to have had a heart attack. The survey says that African-Americans were among the most likely to be obese, at 36.2%, compared to the national average of 26.5%. The obesity rate among Hispanics, at 28.3%, is also higher than the national average. Asians are far less likely to be obese, with only 9.6% falling into that category.
The survey also reports that:
- 18.3% of young Americans are obese, compared to 27.6% between ages 30-44 and 30.6% among 45- to 64-year-olds. Of people 65 and over, 24.2% are obese.
- Men are more likely than women to be obese, 27.8% compared to 25.2%.
So, what are we to do?
The simple answer is move more and eat less. Our modern society has geared us toward inactivity and convenience food. So, if you want to deal with being overweight or obese, if you want to immediately increase your quality of life, sense of well being, health, and appearance, then you must fight against the sedentary quick fix status quo.
Here at NVMC, our primary approach is education. We provide the knowledge necessary to make educated changes. For those that already have the knowledge, we also provide programs to help get you motivated and headed in the right direction.