HCG and Your Weight Loss

One of the more recent popular methods of losing weight is often referred to as the HCG diet. It is one type of program that we at Southwest Wellness, a Dallas weight loss clinic, offer as an option to our clients. The diet’s mechanisms of effectiveness are rooted in the natural workings of the human body. So, first, let’s discuss what HCG means, what it is and what it does.

HCG is an abbreviation for the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin. Quite a mouthful! In essence, HCG is the hormone that is produced in pregnant females to allow the healthy development of the fetus and the mother during the three trimesters of gestation. While HCG plays a very important role in fetal sexual development, its purpose in relation to the diet is that the hormone also stimulates the release of other hormones which in turn release stored up nutrients and calories to nourish the mother and baby.

In a non-pregnant person, the HCG acts similarly in the release of these stored calories. Through a series of injections (or oral drops) of the HCG hormone, and in conjunction with a very controlled calorie intake over a specific amount of time, weight loss of as much as 1 to 2 pounds per day have been achieved. The shots/oral dose are given daily over a 23-day timeframe (excluding menstruation) and are combined with a 500-calories-a-day limit on food intake for 21 days. (The diet can be repeated if necessary after a brief break.)

While mention has been made about refraining from the HCG during menstruation, let it be clear that this diet is as effective on men as it is women. In fact, men can lose even more weight than women in some cases using the HCG diet.

The HCG diet was developed by Dr A.T.W. Simeons, an international physician who penned his book, “Pounds and Inches,” in 1954. He relates a specifically strict diet with tea or coffee without sugar for breakfast and weighed portions of meat, poultry and certain seafood for lunch and dinner with special preparation that removes any excess fat. Of course, he includes the HCG intake as well.

We at Southwest Wellness, located in Dallas, Texas, help our clients determine if the HCG diet is right for them. We help them determine the correct dosage of HCG and assist them in meal instruction and preparation. We also coach them on their goals, with an emphasis on changing diet habits throughout so our clients learn to eat healthier over the time period and carry that new outlet beyond the dietary period.

Many make the mistake of reverting back to old eating habits after the HCG plan is completed. Our Wellness personnel will educate and inform our clients throughout the process so they may incorporate their knowledge into new habits and keep the weight off for their healthy future.

Southwest Wellness is committed to helping our patients work to stay healthy. That begins by treating your body well and keeping it in shape. At Southwest Wellness, our focus is on you and your well-being. If you are interested in learning about whether HCG injections might be a good solution for you, please schedule an appointment at our Dallas clinic location.