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HCG Diet Program FAQs

What is HCG?

HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a protein hormone produced naturally by the placenta in women during pregnancy to support the body's nutritional needs.  The hormone enables the body to utilize its "adipose" fat stores for much needed nutrients and calories during pregnancy.  A synthetic form of the HCG hormone is manufactured as a fertility hormone.  HCG is commonly used off'-label in very low doses for treatment of obesity in HCG diet protocols.

How Does HCG Work in Weight Loss?

A.T.W. Simeons, M.D., discovered that there are three types of body fat - "structural fat", "normal fat" and "abnormal fat". Structural fat is the fat tissue that surrounds and protects the organs and cushions the bottoms of the feet. Normal fat is the fat tissue stored for energy utilized when calories from food are not available. Abnormal fat is the “adipose tissue” that develops around the mid-section of men and the abdomen, buttocks and thighs of women that never seems to go away, no matter how much diet and exercise. Whether one is considered obese or simply overweight, it is a disease identified by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons that is caused by an imbalance in the metabolism. When the metabolism is imbalanced, the abnormal fat stores are unable to be accessed by the body and metabolized. The body burns structural fat along with muscle to process the calories required for keeping the body healthy. Basically, diet and exercise alone does not shed abnormal fat. Rather, the structural fat that cushions the joints and bottoms of the feet is lost and is evidenced by pain in these areas of the body. This is a common complaint of a person suffering from obesity.

Is Exercise Required on The HCG Diet Program?

No. Exercise is optional and typically not recommended. Only light physical activity such as walking, yoga or rebounding may be incorporated into your HCG Diet Program.

Will HCG Work For Weight Loss Without The VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet)?

No. The calorie restriction of the VLCD protocol developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons is designed to trigger the body to go into starvation mode or "in ketosis". The HCG allows the body to access and mobilize the abnormal fat stores (adipose tissue) to be utilized for the body's energy requirements. Thus, suppressing hunger and making it possible for the body to adhere to the VLCD and achieve dramatic weight and inch loss. Without the complications of traditional calorie restricted diets that typically end in failure.

Do I Have to Order Any Special Pre-Packaged Diet Food?

No. The VLCD plan is actually very simple and consists of pre-planned, easy to prepare tasty meals that are within a 500 calorie daily limit. You select your favorite food items from the handy "HCG Diet Protocol Grocery List" included with your HCG Diet Program, and purchase them from your local health food or grocery store. The "Quick Reference Guide" and "Daily Progress Log" also included with your HCG Diet Program will make your easy step-by-step meal planning a breeze. Here are the basics of the VLCD plan:

What is The VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) Plan?

Breakfast:

Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours.  Stevia or similar sweeteners may be used.

Lunch:

 1.) 100 grams of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab or shrimp.  All visible fat must be removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed.  2.)  One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.  3.) One breadstick (grissini) or one Melba toast.  4. An apple or an orange or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit.

Dinner:

The same four choices as lunch.

Is There a VLCD Plan For Vegetarians?

Yes. There are several tasty and satisfying meat alternative choices that are listed on the "HCG Diet Protocol Grocery List" included with your HCG Diet Program.

Can I Use Sugar-Free Products Like Saccharin, Aspartame or Splenda During The HCG Diet Program?

No. Although these sugar substitutes are calorie-free, they are artificial sugar additives that impact your body's glycemic index and blood sugar levels that can slow or prevent weight loss. On the other hand, Stevia is all natural and does not have any impact on the body's glycemic index or blood sugar levels. Stevia Sweeteners are considered to be the only HCG Diet approved sugar alternative, to be used in moderation.

Is it Beneficial to Drink Organic Yerba Mate Teas During The HCG Diet Program?

Yes. Organic Yerba Mate is known to be very complimentary to the HCG Diet Program. Drinking organic Yerba Mate teas throughout the day helps control appetite, increases energy and improves mental alertness. It contains both caffeine and therobromine, which is known to produce a slight muscle relaxing, diuretic and anti-inflammatory effect – And, it is non-jittery. Yerba Mate tea has more anti-oxidants than green tea and contains many vitamins and minerals. Yerba Mate Instant Teas are popular and most convenient to have on hand.

Do I Continue Taking My Daily Multi-Vitamin During The HCG Diet Program?

No. The body will provide itself with most of the required vitamins and minerals that are released from the body's fat storage. Typically, a multi-vitamin is not recommended as most contain Vitamin D, which should be avoided – with the exception of Vitamin D from natural sunlight.

How Does a Vitamin B-12 Supplement Play a Role in The HCG Diet Program?

It is important to take a daily Vitamin B-12 supplement during the HCG Diet Program. Vitamin B-12 plays a significant role in the HCG Diet Program by boosting the body's metabolic rate, providing the body increased energy and helping to protect the liver while it metabolizes a greater amount of fat than usual. Vitamin B-12 aids in the metabolizing of carbohydrates, protein and fat to produce energy, increasing energy levels and alertness, reducing "brain-fog", improving sleep and reducing stress. Vitamin B-12 (Methylcobalamin) Spray has been demonstrated to be as equally potent as the Vitamin B-12 (Methylcobalamin) injectable.

Are There Any Recommended Supplements I Should Take?

Yes. Since the HCG Diet protocol is basically dairy restricted and low levels of calcium is common during pregnancy, calcium, magnesium and potassium levels in the body may drop. This may be characterized by muscle spasms or cramping, typically in the lower legs. Overexertion of muscles has a tendency to trigger cramping, which is why only light physical activity is recommended during the HCG Diet Program. To avoid this temporary, but annoying and sometimes painful condition, supplementation of these minerals are recommended.

Why Did The FDA Ban Oral HCG Drops?

Yes. Since real pharma-grade HCG has become difficult to purchase online in the US without a prescription and buyers typically shy away from the thought of injections, marketers have brought to the market a sublingual HCG labelled as "homeopathic" or "medical" HCG Drops. The sublingual method may require several evenly spaced doses throughout the day and dosing may require holding under tongue for several minutes. They typically contain only ingredients such as stimulants, appetite suppressants, fillers and preservatives. These over-the-counter oral products have been banned by the FDA for the following reasons. Product labels do not list actual ingredients or amounts. Most oral products do not contain any actual HCG. Even if oral products may contain HCG, HCG cannot be assimilated and controlled through digestion effectively. Any associated weight loss is likely due to additives such as stimulants and appetite suppressants, not HCG. 

Why is The HCG Injetable Protocol The Only Safe Method For The HCG Diet Program?

Medical weight loss experts say that weight loss from HCG oral protocols are unhealthy and do not provide the same positive health benefits as with the authentic HCG injectable protocol. With oral products, weight loss is due to the reduction of healthy fat (that protects the organs) and healthy muscle. Negatively impacting the metabolism. The HCG injectable protocol is the only method that provides the action of reducing fat from "abnormal" fat stores while preserving healthy fat, healthy muscle and resetting the hypothalamus gland and metabolism. The original authentic HCG 23-Day Diet Program and it's VLCD (very low calorie diet) protocol by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons is an HCG injectable protocol only and not designed for use with HCG oral products.

Is HCG Approved By The FDA?

Yes. HCG is approved by the FDA for the treatment of infertility. It is typically used in much higher doses as a fertility hormone. There has been no formal clinical trials required for the FDA to approve HCG specifically for weight loss or the treatment of obesity. So, the FDA states that "HCG has not been demonstrated to be an effective therapy in the treatment of obesity, and there is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, or that it causes a more attractive or normal distribution of fat or decreases hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets".  However, FDA-approved medications are often safely used "off-label" for the treatment of other conditions. HCG is often safely used "off-label" in very small doses for the treatment of obesity. There are many independent studies and individual results that have revealed positive effects and proven results utilizing HCG for weight loss.

Are The HCG Injections Difficult to Self-Administer?

No. Relax. Take a deep breath. You may be surprised to find that injecting yourself is not difficult and after the first two or three HCG injections you will feel like a pro. The HCG injection needles are the same insulin needles used daily by diabetics. They are very tiny, thin and designed to be painless. There may be one out of five injections that cause a little discomfort. There are several recommended HCG injection sites and an easy 10-second trick to make administration a breeze. These tips are explained in the Quick Reference Guide's easy step-by-step instructions included with the HCG 23-Day Diet Program and Supplies Kit.

Is The HCG Diet Program For Both Men And Women?

Yes. The HCG Diet Program is for both adult men and women, excluding pregnant or nursing women and individuals with a history of cancer, stroke, pulmonary embolism or heart disease and are taking nitrates for it. Men seem to experience faster weight loss than women. 

Are There Any Other Side Effects From The HCG Diet Program?

Yes. Premenstrual difficulties may be relieved. Abnormal loss of head hair in obese individuals may cease. Brittle fingernails may become normal. Professional singers may note an improvement in their voices. Blood pressure and cholesterol readings tend to normalize. Arthritic symptoms are lessened. Face may become full and healthy looking instead of the typical gaunt, creased look typically seen on dieters after losing weight. The very low doses of HCG used for weight loss produces little or no negative side effects. Some individuals have experienced slight headache when toxins are mobilized or "in ketosis", mild muscle cramping from overexertion or mineral depletion, restlessness from increased energy and/or slight hair loss due to the temporary hormone imbalance. Tylenol, calcium, magnesium and potassium may be taken to prevent or reduce any negative side effects. There’s no need to be alarmed if slight hair loss is noticed, it is only temporary and typically hair grows back very fast. 

Can I Use The HCG Diet Program If I Have High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol or Diabetes?

We would not be able to give you any medical advice. However, we have found that many individuals with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes have achieved positive results on the HCG Diet. HCG does not interact with medications. However, blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes medications in particular may need to be adjusted during the HCG 23-Day Diet Program. It is a good idea to consult with your regular or local healthcare practitioner about making such adjustments. Note: Your regular healthcare practitioner may not be familiar with the HCG Diet Program and may discourage you due to lack of understanding about the diet.

How Savvy Dieters Are Doing The Real Authentic HCG 23-Day Diet Program For Under $80?

Individuals with reasonably good heath and no major health issues or savvy dieters already familiar with the HCG Diet Program benefit with affordable pricing. HCG is typically prescribed by a healthcare practitioner. Although, it can be quite costly as most clinician-guided programs are not covered by health insurance. Most savvy dieters prefer a more self-guided approach and purchase the HCG Diet Program and Supplies Kit separately, and purchase quality offshore HCG brands at very affordable prices. Offshore brands that are manufactured under the same safety standards as the US. Don't be fooled by marketers advising that the only safe and approved HCG is only available in the US. Quality offshore brands like Ovidac, Corion and Hucog are verified approved brands manufactured in conformance with the highest of world-class manufacturing standards and quality control. Stick with approved manufactured brands and stay clear of HCG from compounding pharmacies, blended HCG and brands manufactured in China. Note: It is allowable and your right to purchase up to a 90-day supply of HCG without a prescription for personal use from outside of the US. Savvy dieters can save hundreds of dollars for safe and equally successful results! 

For more information, see the original manuscript by the inventor of the HCG 23-Day Diet Program protocol, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons "Pounds & Inches" A New Approach To Obesity by A.T.W. Simeons, M.D.

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