HCG Diet and Weight Loss FAQ’s

SW Integrative Medicine offers the HCG Diet in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona areaa. They offer free consultations to discuss the details of the HCG weight loss program. Below you will find frequently asked questions about this popular diet.

What is the HCG Diet?

The HCG Diet is a weight loss program that was devised by British Endocrinologist A.T.W. Simmeons. The diet uses a hormone called human chronic gonadotropin, hcg for short. This hormone is naturally produced by pregnant women in very large quantities and helps make the fat stores more accessible to be burned by the body. This hormone based diet is a natural way to lose weight, without the introduction of artificial stimulants or other diet drugs. The HCG diet is a combination of low caloric intake, with specific dietary recommendations, and the application, or injection of the hormone. It is a quick and easy weight loss plan that works with most lifestyles.

How Does the HCG Diet Work?

The HCG Diet works in conjunction with normal body functions to trick the body into thinking that stored fats need to be used. The hormone is used by the body in a pregnant woman to make sure that the growing fetus receives enough calories. In a person that is not pregnant it tricks the body into thinking, when combined with low calorie intake, that the stored fats need to be used to feed the fetus, thereby burning up stored fat. Once these fat stores are released and the stored nutrients reach the blood flow, the appetite center turns off, so the dieter ends up not feeling hungry.

Is the Hormone Used Only for Dieting?

No. The hormone is used in infertility treatments and has been in use since the 1970’s to treat obesity. It can also be used to stimulate testosterone production in men and sex hormones in women too.

Who Can Use the HCG Diet?

Both women and men can successfully use this diet and see excellent results. We have helped both men and women young and old. There are some restrictions with regard to who should use this diet. Because there are set program lengths, it is not recommended for someone who only needs to loose less than 10-15 lbs. Most people will easily loose this much in the 23 day program so if you only want to loose 7lbs for instance, this is not the right diet for you.

How is the Hormone Delivered?

The hormone requires a prescription from a doctor. The typical delivery method is either injected or an oral tablet that is dissolved under tongue. If you don’t need a prescription, its not the HCG diet. Many people try it with over the counter drops and struggle because their is no hormone in those drops. Great consideration has to be given to the many rip offs that are out there regarding this hormone. Be sure to purchase it from reputable sources like a doctors office. The Hormone molecule is very unstable and if not produced properly, is rendered inactive. Monitoring is the key to success on the Hormone Injection Diet along with a reputable product. Our HCG is pharmaceutical grade with independent testing for potency and purity.

What Types of Foods Are Allowed on the Phoenix HCG Injection Diet?

The types of foods that can be eaten is quite strict. This is advantageous because it takes the guess work out of the diet. It is important too that all of the calories are eaten each day with no skipped meals.

The foods that are allowed on the diet are very healthy. Some examples are Stevia, lean meats, fish, teas, low carbohydrate seasonings, fruits and other nutritious foods. This is where the monitoring and education that we provide really make a difference. Cheating on foods can really cause a back slide in your weight loss. With our program you have all the tools to succeed and there is no guessing as you would on your own.

How Much Weight Can Be Lost with HCG Phoenix?

On the 23 day plan it is typical to lose one pound per day. Men tend to average higher than women.  The hormone can be taken for up to 40 days then there is a break period. The break is needed because the body will grow accustomed to the level of the hormone and begin to compensate for it. It is also important to take a break so that muscle loss is minimized. So a break is in order if your weight loss goals exceed 40 pounds. The HCG Diet when implemented by the professional staff in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona insures that these breaks are implemented correctly.

What Type of Exercise is Required for HCG Phoenix?

There is no exercise required in the original Simeon’s protocol. Exercise is optional in our program. We do recommended that your exercise program does not change from what you were doing before. It is too much of a shock to the body to start up an intense program, as it is to completely stop. If you are exercising a lot, you will probably need to temporarily reduce your workout schedule.

What Are the Side Effects?

There are no known side effects from the use of the hormone. The side effects from a severely limited caloric intake diet can include malnutrition, but with regular monitoring this can be avoided. Given the short period of time that is spent on the diet it is rare to have any side effects. There have been reports of headaches the first few days on the diet and this symptom typically disappears after the first few days. The headache can be attributed to the changes being made in your diet causing a detoxification effect. Your body is craving the sugars, additives, and preservatives you take in on a daily basis. By adding dietary supplements like B-12 and other vitamins, it can help detoxify and minimize the headaches quicker. Professional monitoring is recommended to make sure the body is responding properly. Monitoring is also recommended to make sure there are no drastic changes in blood pressure, blood sugar, and electrolyte status.

Is it Necessary to Visit a Doctor?

Although it is not necessary to visit a doctor to start the Diet portion of the HCG diet, it is highly recommended. In fact most people should seek professional advice before starting any new diet plan. The HCG Diet is best if followed under a doctors care. as mentioned above, the hormone that you can buy without a doctor’s prescription is often suspect for impurity and instability. Be sure you are getting what you pay for. At Southwest Integrative Medicine we offer compassionate, informative support for the HCG Diet (in Phoenix and Scottsdale AZ).