Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Hormone is used as a weight loss program and is one of the most successful programs to date. The HCG diet is safe and also provides rapid results: patients can lose 12-20 pounds a month. HCG also targets specific problem areas of fat.
HCG is a naturally-occuring hormone in the pituitary gland of both women and men of all ages that works by interacting with the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain that controls some metabolic functions. HCG combined with a diet program produces excellent weight loss, but HCG on its own will not magically reduce your weight.
HCG cannot be administered in any way other than a physician's prescription. Other than HCG injections, all other HCG forms have 0% HCG and should be avoided.
What to expect when starting the HCG Diet
The HCG Diet program:
Starts with a consultation and medical examination
Then we review changes to be made to your diet and lifestyle
Supply a meal plan
Provide a month's supply of HCG pre-filled syringes for you to take home
Can either be 4 weeks or 6 weeks
We prefer to see you each week to monitor your weight loss progress
Changes to diet and lifestyle
Dr. Bissoon believes in a comprehensive approach to weight loss. Even though the HCG Diet is extremely effective and provides unparalleled results, we make sure to keep your short and long-term goals in mind when creating your weight loss program. This means finding your nutritional needs and making changes to your lifestyle - so that eventually you won't have to live each day concerned with losing weight.
Dr. Bissoon will perform a full medical history assessment in order to find if there are any underlying medical issues, such as Hypothyroidism, that may be causing or contributing to your weight gain.
Often, medications, such as Beta Blockers, can also make it impossible to lose weight.
If we determine that there are any other factors that may be causing your weight gain, we may recommend further testing, such as blood work or laboratory diagnostic testing. Our goal is to make sure you can not only lose the weight but keep it off.
After that, we'll perform a standard physical exam while also determining your body fat percentage, water weight, muscle mass, and BMI. We will measure these each week during your weight loss program.
Building Diet Plans
Once your physical exams are complete, Dr. Bissoon will review the HCG Diet in detail and provide meal plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
We provide a 30 day supply of pre-filled HCG syringes that should be kept in your refrigerator. Dr. Bissoon will teach you how to give yourself the HCG Diet shots on your own.
You will need to dispose of your syringes in a Bio-Hazard container or bring them back to the office for disposal - they cannot be thrown in the garbage.
Is the HCG Diet right for me?
We give each patient an individual assessment to determine if HCG is medically appropriate.
Typically, we see patients who are not considered overweight but struggle with problem areas such as fat on the abdomen, saddlebags, and love handles - these are areas that are incredibly difficult to target with diet and exercise alone.
We see a broad range of patients, including some who only need to lose 20-30 pounds. With HCG, these patients are able to lose their excess weight in 6 weeks.
Even for patients who need to lose 50 pounds or more, the HCG diet is a perfect option.
HCG for Men
There are additional benefits for men when using HCG. Historically, HCG has been used for several conditions, including low testosterone (or hypogonadism) or testicular atrophy. Low testosterone can occur in some men due to pituitary gland deficiency. Instead of taking testosterone for replacement therapy they may choose HCG instead.
HCG for Women
FDA approved as a fertility drug for women, HCG is used to stimulate ovulation. Because of this, there is a high risk of pregnancy when using HCG for weight loss, even though the dosage for weight loss is only 150-250 units (compared to 5000 units used for fertility treatment). Also, pregnancy tests are testing for the presence of HCG in urine, and therefore being on the HCG diet may provide false positive tests.
Women on the HCG diet report a decrease in hunger and cravings. They also enjoy higher energy levels and weight loss in trouble areas such as the back and abdomen.