What is The HCG Diet and Is It Right For You?

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Originally Posted December 2016
Updated January 2020

Losing weight can be challenging. In some cases, it may even seem as though the body itself is opposed to it – learn more about the underlying causes of weight retention. Fortunately, a treatment powerful treatment utilizing a hormone known as hCG can help you overcome common physiological barriers and help you achieve fast, healthy, lasting weight loss.

A Quick Look at Fat

Although it has become demonized over the years, fat is a critical element of wellness. Just one pound of fat contains 3500 calories making it an amazing source of energy. Fat can be placed into three broad categories: fat that buffers and protects the organs, fat held in our immediate fat reserves to be used as energy, and stubborn fat that is housed within the stomach, hips and thighs as an emergency energy source. Effective utilization of stubborn fat stores helps the body shed excess pounds and allows for a significant reduction in calorie intake without a loss of energy. One of the most effective ways to access and utilize stubborn fat is through hCG therapy.

The Safety and Efficacy of HCG

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, also known as hCG, is a hormone that provides amazing weight regulating and fat burning benefits. HCG can be found throughout the entire body, including both male and female specific organs. When the body enters a starvation state, caused by severely reducing calorie intake, hCG is released. This helps the body access stubborn fat reserves so the body can remain functional even during times of calorie deficiency.

Crash diets that severely limit calorie intake usually cause the body to enter a catabolic state, wherein muscle is consumed for energy. Losing muscle mass can lead to reduced metabolism, poor body shape, and hindered physical ability. Despite being a highly calorically restrictive diet, the hCG diet plan does not contribute to muscle loss. This is because hCG boosts production of hormones such as testosterone which encourages muscle building and maintenance.

Research shows that using hCG at even small doses, between 125 IU to 200 IU, while also restricting caloric intake to 500 kcal a day facilitates weight loss at a rate of roughly one pound per day. Additionally, hCG keeps the body from noticing that its fat stores are being utilized, which prevents fat storage and “rubber banding” that often accompanies crash diets.

HCG therapy also provides other benefits including:

  • Better fat to energy conversion
  • Greater sense of well-being
  • Improved metabolism
  • Increased energy
  • More balanced hormones
  • Muscle mass retention
  • Reduced appetite

Learn more about the additional health benefits of hCG here.

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Getting the Most from Your HCG Treatment

HCG therapy supports weight loss best when done in conjunction with a highly restrictive diet. However, if done recklessly, extreme calorie reduction can be dangerous. Therefore, before embarking on this endeavor it is important to speak with a doctor regarding your overall health and if hCG therapy is right for you. If hCG treatment is deemed appropriate, your doctor will help you craft the ideal diet plan for your unique situation. Although the specifics of your plan may differ from another patient’s, the general outline remains the same.

During an hCG treatment cycle, which lasts between 30-40 days, you are expected to follow a strict diet. Patients are limited to an intake of 500 calories per day and may only eat a small selection of foods. These dietary restrictions may seem extreme. However, with the aid of hCG, there is also little concern of malnourishment or discomfort because the body will be utilizing its excess body fat to fulfill its caloric requirements. The following meals and foods exemplify what is allowed on an average hCG diet plan.

A Typical hCG Breakfast contains one of the following items:

  • 1/2 Grapefruit
  • Apple
  • Handful of Strawberries
  • Orange

Coffee or tea may be consumed as desired. Sweeteners such as stevia, xylitol or erythritiol are also allowed. Additionally, 1 Tbsp. of coconut, hemp, almond, or rice milk per day may be used as creamers.

One of the following is an acceptable snack if you get hungry outside of mealtimes:

  • 1/2 Grapefruit
  • Apple
  • Handful of Strawberries
  • One Melba Toast

The larger meals of the day, lunch and dinner, should be composed of three and a half ounces or 100 grams of lean protein and three and a half ounces of a single vegetable from those listed below. It is important not to mix vegetables in the same meal. All spices are free to use if they do not contain sugar, oil or butter. Additionally, the juice of one lemon and a small helping of vinegar is permitted once per day.

Allowable Proteins:

  • Beef
  • Chicken breast (no skin)
  • Crab
  • Fresh white fish (no salmon, eel, tuna, or herring)
  • Lobster
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Veal

Allowable Vegetables (not to be mixed):

  • Asparagus
  • Beet-greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chicory
  • Cucumbers
  • Green salad
  • Onions
  • Red radishes
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Is HCG Treatment Right for You?

Effective weight loss requires a comprehensive understanding of your health. If you are looking to lose weight or keep off the pounds, consider talking to your physician about hCG therapy. HCG therapies have been utilized for over 60 years to encourage safe and healthy weight loss. Presently there are no known clinical side effects that accompany hCG. However, it is always best to speak with a knowledgeable physician and undergo a comprehensive health review before embarking on any serious weight loss treatment protocol including hCG. If you are looking to safely shed pounds in the new year, talk to your doctor about creating your own patient-specific hCG diet plan.

At Holtorf Medical Group, our physicians are trained to provide you with cutting-edge testing and innovative treatments to find the underlying cause of your weight retention. Additionally, all of our physicians are experts on the hCG diet and can help determine if it’s right for you. If you’re experiencing unexplained weight gain and/or weight retention, give us a call at 877-508-1177 to see how we can help you!

How HMG Has Helped Others: Patient Testimonial

It’s really true. HCG is an effective tool to lose weight. I was stuck and hopelessly resigned to living in a homemade fat suit for the rest of my life. I needed to lose 100 lbs. Even though I didn’t really want to try another diet I said yes when Holtorf Medical offered me a chance to try HCG. I’ve had wonderful success with it. Everyone at Holtorf Medical are so supportive. I encourage anyone wanting to lose any amount of weight to take advantage of Holtorf Medical’s HCG program. – LC

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