Saturday, May 8, 2010

HCG Frequently Asked Questions: Answered

HCG Frequently Asked Questions
What is HCG?

HCG is a natural hormone (or synthetic protein that mimics the natural hormone) Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin develops in the placenta in the first trimester of pregnancy in women. It regulates the hormones and metabolic functions of the body, in both males and females.

Will HCG help me lose weight?
HCG helps people lose large amounts of weight quickly by sending signals to the hypothalamus gland to use excess fat storage as the body’s main source of fuel and energy.

What is the hypothalamus gland?
The hypothalamus gland is a large gland that regulates many of your body’s critical functions including your thyroid, adrenals, fat burning and your metabolism which are all crucial to weight loss.

How much weight can I lose with HCG?
On average, most people lose 1-2 pounds a day on an HCG protocol. However, some lose as much as 3 pounds a day and others as little as .5 pounds per day. You can continue the HCG protocol until your desired weight loss goal is reached.

Why can I only have 500 calories per day on an HCG diet?
When you are following the HCG diet, you limit your food intake to 500 calories. The HCG  makes your hypothalamus gland utilize your excess fat storage by releasing it into your body to be used as fuel for your daily functioning. So, although you are only eating 500 calories, your body actually thinks it has thousands of calories so it can perform efficiently using your excess fat as its main source of fuel. If you eat more than the allotted 500 calories, your body will first use up those calories instead of the fat storage calories causing you to lose less weight.

I’ve always heard it is unsafe to lose so much weight so quickly. Is this true with HCG?
The HCG diet is different because instead of losing water, lean muscle or necessary fats, your body has been basically instructed by the HCG to use those EXTRA fats that are stored in unsightly areas. You are not losing muscle, water or necessary fats.

Won’t I be hungry with only 500 calories a day?
Most people experience some hunger the first few days of the diet simply because of the adjustment. You are used to eating more so you will notice hunger. However, in most cases by the second week, your body becomes accustomed to the change and you are satisfied with less food. Also important is that your body knows it has those calories floating around in the form of fat to use, so it will signal your brain that you are full more quickly. Some people even find it difficult to eat the full 500 calories because they feel full eating so little with the HCG diet protocol.

Is HCG safe? What are the side effects of HCG?
There are generally no side effects of HCG reported when used for weight loss. When used for fertility, it is taken in much larger doses and headaches are sometimes reported.

Where can I get HCG?
You can get HCG through a qualified and participating doctor or you can purchase HCG online directly. It is recommended to consult a doctor when you do an HCG diet or protocol even if you plan to purchase HCG online. The cheapest HCG will be the HCG drops rather than the shots which tend to be more expensive. 

Is it easy to keep off the weight I lose with the HCG protocol?
Statistics show that 75-90% of people who do the HCG diet keep the weight off. Becaue the HCG regulates your hormonal systems and regulates your metabolism, keeping the weight off is not difficult like with most diets. The reason the HCG diet is so successful and favored by so many people is that it is a short term diet with long term results.

Who is Dr. Simeons and what is the HCG Protocol?
A British doctor, Dr. A. Simeons created the HCG Protocol. He published the protocol in 1954 when he was practicing and researching in Rome. Simeons found that patients had incredible results with the restrictive calorie diet only when taking the HCG shots – they didn’t have the same feelings of fatigue and hunger while dieting and didn’t gain the weight back when the dieting stopped – but only when doing the diet with the HCG injections. At the time, Simeons administered the HCG shots weekly to his patients. Dr. Simeons noticed that his patient’s bodies were reshaped as the large storages of fat broke down and were used by the body without exercise and without effort.

Is it legal to order HCG online? Is it legal to order HCG from overseas vendors?
It is legal to purchase HCG online for personal use. Generally, a three month supply is considered personal use. Selling imported pharmaceuticals in a federal offense.

What if I don’t want to have HCG shots or HCG injections?
Up until recently, HCG injections were the only effective way to take HCG. However, homeopathic HCG drops have been shown to be just as effective as shots in weight loss. The homeopathic HCG drops are much cheaper, can be self-administered, are not painful and don’t require the hassle of regular doctor visits. The HCG drops are taken six times a day to ensure that the levels of HCG remain steady in the body for optimum results.

How can I lose weight faster on the HCG diet?
You can increase the rate of your weight loss on the HCG diet by increasing the amount of vegetables that makes up your daily diet as well as mixing salad with each meal. Getting adequate fiber and water are also factors. Exercise is not necessary and  although it can increase the speed of weight loss, if you don’t feel the energy for it, should not be done.

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