You can lose weight by simply 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, so in the long run, it would make gaining weight easier, while decreasing your bone density and muscle mass. By using HCG with the low calorie diet, extra fat is mobilized for energy and the rest is eliminated; the low calorie diet is vital in preventing immediate refilling of emptied fat cells. You benefit by preferentially getting rid of excess fat without affecting your bone and muscle.
Because HCG mobilizes fat and makes it available to the body as an energy source, it naturally reduces the appetite. So even though 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 good while on the program.
Pharmaceutical or medical grade HCG is regulated, and legal for sale with a physician’s prescription. Homeopathic or over- the-counter HCG is not, and considered illegal by the FDA.
At Tucson Medical Weight Loss, we offer only medical grade HCG. There is a monumental difference between authentic medical grade HCG, and homeopathic and over-the-counter versions you can buy online or at a store. They are not the same. Other HCG may contain undisclosed additives or questionable ingredients, and may not be manufactured in a sterile and reputable US laboratory. When taking HCG that isn’t medical grade, you are really just doing an unsafe version of a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet), and risk sending your body in ketosis. In ketosis, you will most likely lose lean muscle tissue, bone, and easy to access fat, which your body actually needs. This will also cause your cellular metabolism to slow down, which in the long run will make gaining weight easier after you have stopped the diet.
At Tucson Medical Weight Loss, we have found that it is not necessary to adhere exactly to the 500 calorie diet as suggested by Simeons’ protocol, and that sublingual HCG and a modified diet was still very beneficial to patients in assisting them with weight loss. Therefore, we utilize a modified low-calorie diet, which is tailored to your specific needs and determined based on a number of variables. This will be discussed with a medical provider during your appointment.
There are several misconceptions regarding hair loss being a side effect of HCG. HCG has virtually no side effects. Hair loss can be a side effect of rapid weight loss, however this is not a side effect of the medication, but rather the weight loss. We recommend taking a biotin supplement or a hair/nail formula vitamin, as well as Nioxin shampoo while on the program.