Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS HCG?
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women and almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout the pregnancy. Contrary to popular belief, however, the hCG used in the hCG protocols is a variation of the hCG form used for fertility treatments, and in a much smaller dose. All hCG used for medical purposes is synthetic, created in laboratories from sterile cells. It is NOT extracted from women or animal urine which has been a known misconception. If you are seriously overweight, the hCG Diet may just be what you’re looking for. hCG Dieters lose an average of 1 to 3 lbs per day while modifying their metabolism and eating habits for long term results. Ready to get started? Read on… Everything You Need to Get Started in 3 Steps:
Step 1: Read about the original hCG protocol in “Pounds and Inches”, Dr. Simeon’s original protocol here.
Step 2: Read our “Frequently Asked Questions”.
Step 3: Call SANTÉ’S office and schedule your free 15 minute phone consultation or simply schedule your one hour appointment and get started immediately!
Is it healthy to lose 1 to 2 pounds a day with hCG shots?
HCG weight loss studies have shown that the majority of the weight that's lost following the Simeon’s Protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle. In doing so, the weight loss comes directly from unhealthy fat and does not strip the body of much-needed muscle, vitamins or minerals essential to maintain good health, while at the same time, releasing excessive amounts of fat-stored nutrients into the bloodstream to be absorbed by the body. For this reason, hCG dieters report a feeling and appearance of great health and marvel at the loss of negative health risks they had as an overweight individual.
Why the 500-800 calorie diet – VLCD (very low calorie diet)?
It is theorized that hCG injections cause your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that it’s available for use as energy. While you are only consuming 500 calories, the evidence suggests that your hypothalamus is continually releasing the fat stored in your body. Because of this, your body is actually operating on thousands of calories a day. The result is your body does not feel deprived and you do not feel hungry because you are using thousands of calories of fat from your body each day. This is the reason hCG dieters are able to lose 1/2 to 2 lbs of fat per day without going into starvation mode from low calorie intake.
Is the use of hCG injections for weight loss legal in the U.S.?
Yes. A medical doctor may prefer not to use hCG for weight loss due to the FDA’s lack of recommendation for that purpose, however he is legally able to do so in the US. It IS an off label use of the medication, but most commonly used medications are being prescribed for uses that are considered “off-label”. This means that it was not the original use for which it was researched for FDA approval. If importing hCG from abroad, be aware that this may, indeed, be illegal and that 80%-90% of medications ordered via the internet are not what they claim to be.
Will I be hungry on 500-800 calories a day?
It is common for mild hunger during the first few days, however, this will usually pass and by the 2nd week, you will likely find even very tiny servings, to be completely satisfying. We believe this is partly due to your hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but largely due to the number of calories circulating in your system from the fat being released. It is common that hCG dieters feel as though they are stuffing themselves in order to reach that 500-800 calorie limit!
Who is the right candidate for hCG Diet Shots?
The majority of men and women who are overweight or obese can use hCG injections for weight loss. It is essential that dieters consult a physician concerning your weight loss, along with the appropriate implementation of the hCG protocol The physician will NOT permit hCG weight loss injections for women who are pregnant or nursing.
How about safety and side effects of hCG Diet Shots?
There are rarely hCG side effects reported while using hCG diet shots. When the hCG shots are used for fertility reasons, the larger amount is known to cause occasional headaches and pregnancy symptoms. However, the amount differences between the hCG diet protocol and hCG used for fertility purposes is significantly different in quantity.
Will I gain the weight back after the hCG diet?
After the hCG diet, not only will you have lost physical weight, former hCG dieters also report a change for the better in appetite and a natural course of modified eating behavior. They also report this as being an ideal situation for easily transitioning into a healthy relationship with food. With all of these changes and experiences, the hCG Diet is the perfect opportunity to adopt that healthy lifestyle to maintain your weight. There is no reason you should gain the weight back so long as you have replaced any former negative eating and inactive lifestyle habits with new, healthy perspectives on food and exercise. Most post-hCG dieters find a minimum amount of daily activity is sufficient to maintain their hCG weight loss goal. A minimum amount of is recommended not only for weight maintenance but also for the added health benefits. Recommended activities include yoga, 20 minutes of cardio, or any number of activities you may enjoy, that gets your heart moving. With your hypothalamus “reset” and your metabolism should be as well and you will be able to eat moderately without feeling the need to overeat.
What is the hypothalamus gland?
The hypothalamus gland moderates the thyroid, adrenals, fat storage, and more importantly, your metabolic rate. Is hCG safe for men? The hCG used for the hCG weight loss protocol is actually already found in men. In fact, it is present in every human tissue, including males and non-pregnant women as well as pregnant.
Is hCG safe for men?
The hCG used for the hCG weight loss protocol is actually already found in men. In fact, it is present in every human tissue, including males and non-pregnant women as well as pregnant.
How painful are hCG injections for weight loss?
The hCG injections for weight loss are administered using a very fine needle and are relatively painless.