HCG Weight Loss Program
What is HCG and how does it work?
HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadatropin) is a hormone produced in the body. It is made during pregnancy and the levels double every two days. This hormone allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both mother and fetus. This acts as a "fail-safe" mechanism when energy is needed immediately. For weight loss, we use only a small amount of HCG to capitalize on this same mechanism. Using HCG in this way does not mimic pregnancy and it can be safely used by both men and women with no side effects.
Is HCG safe?
HCG is extremely safe. All women experience very high levels during pregnancy with no adverse effects. The small amount we use for weight loss has no side effects.
Should I be concerned about purchasing HCG manufactured in China or India?
Some people are purchasing HCG from internet pharmacies without a prescription. The HCG they are purchasing through these pharmacies is usually coming from China and or India. Though the HCG from China and or India is very cheap this HCG could at best be inferior and at worst contaminated.
If HCG works so well for weight loss, why don't pregnant women lose weight?
HCG works to mobilize fat for utilization by the body only when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat. For weight loss, we use a very low calorie diet to trigger HCG to help rid the body of fat.
Would I lose the same weight eating a very low calorie diet without HCG?
You can lose weight by eating fewer calories and fat, but because the body stores fat during times of deprivation, you will most likely lose muscle and bone before fat. This causes cellular metabolism to slow down, and over time it would make gaining weight easier because of the lost bone density and muscle mass. Only by using HCG with a low calorie diet, is extra fat mobilized for energy. You benefit by preferentially getting rid of excess fat without affecting your bones, muscles or metabolism.
The HCG diet is very low calorie, will I get hungry?
Because HCG mobilizes fat and makes it available to the body as an energy source, it naturally reduces appetite. So although you are taking in fewer calories, your body can access the energy you have stored in fat cells. After about 2 days, many patients notice a significant decrease in their appetite. Overall, most people have plenty of energy and feel great while on the program.
Will HCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking? What about birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections?
HCG does not interact with ANY medications, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera.
Will I experience any changes in my menstrual cycle taking HCG?
Because the amount of HCG is so small, there are no changes to your menstrual cycle. Likewise, HCG will not affect your ability to become pregnant, nor will it increase or decrease your chances of getting pregnant.
Why are some people calling HCG the "Weight Loss Cure"?
HCG is also being called the "Weight Loss Cure" because it reprograms your body to use stored fat for energy when calories are reduced for a period of time. Or, put another way, it helps you maintain your weight and not regain the pounds you've lost.
How much weight can I expect to lose on the program?
On average, our patients lose around 15 - 20 lbs. per month. Often, people lose a higher percentage of their total loss in the first two weeks.
What are the costs involved in the program?
Initial visit: If you have Naturopathic coverage, we may be able to bill your insurance for this visit. Please bring any recent lab results with you. If we are not billing insurance, the discounted rate for payment on the day of service is $116-190 for patients new to the clinic, and $88-126 for established patients.
Required Follow ups:
$59 weekly. These appointments are not billable to insurance. If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please let us know 24 business hours in advance and we can fit you in some other time during the same week. Weekly visits are mandatory.
HCG nasal spray: $21 weekly from Kusler's Pharmacy
Strongly Recommended Supplies:
Protein shake: $40-67 per month. It is designed to stabilize blood sugar and aid in weight loss. This functional food works in a number of ways:
- Therapeutic levels of B vitamins
- Contains Mineral Citrates and Malates for Mitochondrial Support
- Nutrients delivered in therapeutic amounts
- Specialty nutrients are added to enhance fat metabolism and blood sugar balance
The protein shake is a balanced high-protein, low-carbohydrate, low fat, multivitamin and mineral, specialty nutrient beverage that is used along with a balanced diet and exercise program to achieve your desired body composition. It is designed to enhance fat loss while preserving lean tissue and is formulated to enhance fat burning safely. Stimulants such as Ephedra, Ma Huang, caffeine, etc., are not used. Instead, it acts to enhance fat cell metabolism only.
Protein bars: $2.75-3.00 each. These function in much the same way as the shake and make for a nice treat while on the program! The plan allows for EITHER one serving of shake OR one bar each day.
MCT (healthy oil): $18.00 per 16 oz bottle
Lipotropic B-vitamin injection: $35 weekly
How do I get started?
The HCG program can be started by scheduling a new patient appointment with Dr. Michelle Torrance. Your 6 follow up visits are scheduled weekly with Dr. Michelle Torrance or Dr. Amber Content.