What is HCG and what does it do?
HCG is a hormone that is produced naturally in the human body. It has varying functions and is currently used medically to treat a range of conditions. It is commonly referred to as “the pregnancy hormone”. HCG is what allows a woman’s body to metabolize fat and convert it to needed energy for both she and her fetus. This acts as an assured natural bodily function when an immediate need for energy is present. In regard to its use for losing weight, a minimal amount of HCG is used to stimulate, and benefit from, this same mechanism. By using HCG in this manner it won’t simulate pregnancy and can confidently and safely be used by women and men alike.
Additionally, Homeopathic HCG has also been used for:
Increasing muscle tone
Reducing excess body fat
Rejuvenation of necessary structural fat
Lowering cholesterol levels
Improving adrenal gland function
Maintaining progesterone levels
Why are so many people calling HCG the weight loss “Cure”?
Lots of HCG users are calling it a weight loss “Cure” rather than just another weight loss method because after finishing the program and losing the weight, it resets your body to use stored fat for energy when it detects calorie reduction for a period of time. It then helps you optimally maintain your weight and efficiently keep off the pounds and inches you’ve shed.
Will my metabolism slow down when I’m on a significantly low calorie diet?
It’s true that under normal conditions when reducing calories and fat, our bodies automatically store fat and the metabolic rate slows down. This occurs because fat is actually a source of reserve energy. If a bare minimal calorie diet is followed in conjunction with HCG, the HCG hormone alerts the body to use its excess fat for energy, and thereby reduces the stored fat reserves. This is a natural process, and no adverse effects on your metabolism will result. HCG prevents the body from going into that automatic starvation mode and storing fat as it resets your metabolic rate.
What is the Hypothalamus?
The hypothalamus is a small structure within the brain that plays a key role in controlling our “Autonomous Nervous System” or simply, the systems in our bodies that work automatically. Regulating the homeostatic metabolic processes in our bodies is part of its function. Other “homeostatic processes” include; eating, thirst, sleeping, body temperature, blood pressure, and electrolyte balance. The hypothalamus is at the center or “core” of the brain under the thalamus, and is, in terms of the evolution of the brain, one of the oldest parts of the brain. In Dr. Carl Sagan’s “The Dragons of Eden” he speculated it’s also where our most ancient instinctive emotions such as “fear of the dark” are harbored. Although more complex today in humans, it is in fact still very much the same as what has existed in all birds, reptiles and mammals throughout evolutionary history.
To sum up, the hypothalamus influences and in part, determines your metabolic rate level or set point. As we age, our hypothalamus progressively accumulates toxins, causing it to malfunction. This is partially the reason why our metabolism slows down as we age causing hormonal/ovulatory disruptions and other “aging” symptoms such as difficulty sleeping throughout the night.
The Hypothalamus controls;
Pituitary gland regulation, Blood Pressure regulation, Hunger & Salt cravings, Feeding Reflexes, Thirst, Body temperature regulation, Hydration, Heart rate, Bladder function (HCG can remedy prostate problems), Water preservation, Hormonal/neurotransmitter regulation, Ovarian function, Testicular function, Mood & behavioral functions, Wakefulness, Metabolism, Sleep cycles, Energy levels.
Does HCG work for everyone?
Although HCG is naturally produced only in pregnant women, as a diet aid it works the same for men and women. Most people on this program report losing between 0.2 to 0.5 kilogram per day, and claim it is the only program where they have been able to keep the weight off afterward. However, as with any drug or medication, or even with food (e.g., allergies), there is individual variation in its efficacy. Everyone is familiar with the fact that doctors often have to change people's medications because they don't respond as expected. So although HCG is effective for the great majority of people who try it, there is logically no promise that it will work for everyone, every time.
What forms of HCG are available?
There are four common forms of HCG: IU Injections, Sublingual Drops, Homeopathic Sublingual Drops and Homeopathic HCG Pellets. Sublingual means the drops or pellets are placed and absorbed under the tongue, thereby providing a much more comfortable delivery method than injection.
Hcgweightlossdrops.co.za recommends and provides Homeopathic Sublingual Drops. Homeopathic Sublingual Drops are greatly preferred by many doctors and clients alike for their practical ease of use. They’re easy to take, don’t need refrigeration and best of all, there aren’t any IU’s to measure since Homeopathic HCG is mixed with alcohol and water.
How does HCG help me lose weight?
HCG appears to act on the hypothalamus, signaling the body to release stored fat into the bloodstream where it is then available to be used by the cells for nourishment. This alone will not cause weight loss, though, unless you reduce your food intake. This forces the body to use the mobilized fat from the bloodstream. HCG causes the release of abnormal fat without affecting structural fat and muscle tissue. Which means you lose in those stubborn areas--hips, thighs, buttocks and upper arms!
Do I have to follow a special diet while I take the HCG drops?
Yes. You must follow the entire HCG Diet Protocol as described in Dr. Simeons' manuscript, "Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity", where he outlines a special 500-calorie-per-day diet that was tested on thousands of patients. HCG is only effective for weight loss if it is taken while strictly following Dr. Simeons' HCG Diet Protocol, including the 500 calorie diet. Taking HCG alone (without the diet) will not cause you to lose weight. HCG takes effect when you reduce your food intake so that the mobilized fat will be used for your body's energy needs. If you fail to follow the diet you will fail to lose weight. If you only follow the diet without taking HCG, you are simply starving yourself because there is no fat in the bloodstream to burn. Simply put, both are required. Also see the next two questions.
What food am I allowed to eat?
The HCG diet is balanced, unlike many extreme "fad" diets out there. It consists of a healthy variety of protein, vegetables and fruit, with a small amount of starch. You eat them in specific portions and combinations as outlined by Dr. Simeons. Allowed proteins are veal (low grade), beef (95% lean whole cuts), chicken breast (boneless, skinless), crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp, and any fresh, white-fleshed fish. Allowed vegetables are asparagus, beet greens, cabbage, celery, chard, chicory greens, cucumber, fennel, green salad, onion, red radishes, spinach, and tomato. Allowed fruits are apples, strawberries, oranges, and grapefruit. Limited starches include grissini (breadstick) or Melba toast. Vegetarian protein substitutions (may slow weight loss) are a protein shake, soy patty, egg (1 whole + 3 egg whites), cottage cheese or fat-free milk.
Would I lose the same weight by eating a minimally low calorie diet without HCG?
Sure, you can lose weight by consuming fewer calories and fat, but because the body retains fat when deprived of calories, you’re more apt to lose muscle and bone before losing fat. This will cause your cellular metabolism to slow, and eventually make adding weight easier, in addition to decreasing bone density and muscle mass. When using HCG with a low calorie diet, stored fat is used for energy and the other sources from muscle and bone are eliminated; hence a low calorie diet is necessary in preventing automatic restoration of emptied fat cells. Your benefit is in desirably using and reducing excess fat and not using bone and muscle as a reserve energy source. HCG makes you lose weight quickly and keep it off!
Will I be hungry on the HCG diet?
Mild hunger is normal for the first few days. That will subside by the second week and your food servings will then be satisfying. As HCG stimulates fat utilization and causes it to be accessed by your body as an energy source, it will naturally reduce your appetite. Although you are reducing your caloric intake, your body is now accessing the stored energy in its fat cells. We’ve found that drinking lots of the green tea all day (like the cold fruity sweet ones sweetened with Stevia) helps a lot as a natural appetite suppressant and keeps your energy level up. Most people have lots of energy and feel pretty good while on this regimen.
Is skipping a meal or protein for one of my meals OK?
The simple answer is a resounding NO. This program requires diligent adherence to the regimen. You should never skip any of your meals. It’s imperative to accomplish your 500 calorie intake every day. Your protein intake is also as vital so that your body only relies on fat for energy and not muscle or bone.
Is it alright to continue the drops after 26 days to lose even more weight?
Yes, that’s ok. Actually, you may continue the drops for as long as 40 days. After 40 days however you must stop for as many days as you were on the drops prior to starting another session. That’s to ensure your body won’t develop a tolerance and immunity to the HCG. Twenty days is the minimum amount of days and 40 is the maximum that you can take the drops. Keep in mind that during the last 3 days of the regimen you take no drops and continue the 500 calorie diet for those 3 days until the HCG is flushed from your body. You then start the maintenance part of the diet. At this point exercise is advised as you begin maintenance and return to a 1500-1700 calorie per day diet.
Will HCG cause problems or conflict with any medications I’m now taking?
HCG doesn’t interact with any medications. That includes birth control pills and Depo-Provera, consequently there aren’t any side effects.
Is alcohol permitted with the HCG diet?
Originally the HCG diet protocol by Dr. Simeon didn’t mention or consider alcohol. Historically those who do drink and those who may even be borderline alcoholics have had success with the HCG diet. By following the regimen as instructed the HCG diet itself will interrupt their drinking habits. Some of these users even acknowledged that they didn’t even feel like drinking while on the program since HCG affects the hypothalamus gland which, in part, controls the emotional, eating and drinking section of the brain.
Is the HCG diet method safe for men?
HCG is naturally found in all the human tissue of all males and females alike. It’s therefore safe for all to use. Men actually get faster results and on average lose more weight than women do.
What is a reasonable weight loss expectation for the HCG regimen?
Depending on each individual’s need, the majority of people on HCG may lose 11-12 kg on the 26 day program. Commonly, people have lost 3-6 kg during the first week. A 5 kg weight loss must be the minimal desired goal to use this 26 day program therefore you must have at least that much excess weight to lose since you will lose at least that much weight!
Will there be any changes in my menstrual cycle while taking HCG?
Since the amount of HCG is so relatively low, there won’t be any changes to your menstrual cycle. Similarly, HCG won’t affect your ability to become pregnant, and also neither increases your odds of getting pregnant. It’s best to begin the HCG program while not in your menstrual cycle or if it will be starting within 5-6 days. Once you’ve already started with the HCG and your menstrual cycle begins you may continue to take the HCG.
Are vitamins essential to this diet?
Vitamin supplements aren’t specifically called for, but some people find that taking a B12 supplement is helpful. You may find that this will increase your energy and stave off leg cramps which a few people have complained about. Potassium may also be beneficial, especially for any muscle cramps.
Why doesn’t HCG cause pregnant women to lose weight?
HCG catalyzes fat utilization (burning) in the body only when there’s a meaningful decrease in calories and fat. That’s why it must be combined with a specifically low calorie, low fat diet consisting of all the right foods to trigger HCG in ridding body fat and ensuring permanent weight loss.
Do I have to exercise while on the HCG diet?
No. Exercise is not a mandatory part of the program. While vigorous exercise may increase the amount of weight you lose while on this plan, it is not a significant increase and is not recommended, because on a 500 calorie diet you can easily become too exhausted. That leads to discouragement and frustration. However, we do recommend moderate activity for all of the other benefits you receive, including stress relief and cardiovascular health.
If you are already accustomed to exercising at a certain level and would like to continue, do so, but do not over do it. Pay attention to your body's response. Scale down the intensity of the workouts if: (1) you don't have the energy to get through it; (2) you start feeling ill or light headed; (3) you gain weight the next day; or (4) you don't have the energy to get through the day after you work out.
Our suggestion for those who want to exercise is that you walk for 20 to 30 minutes daily. Walking is great exercise and contributes to your health in a variety of ways. It helps relieve stress, keeps the bowels moving, conditions your cardiovascular system, and encourages better blood/oxygen circulation. When you are are finished with the HCG diet regimen and are back on a regular diet you can then pick up the intensity of your exercise routines.
How about makeup?
Since HCG is very sensitive to lotions, creams, moisturizers, fats and liquid makeups with oil, none of these should be used during the diet. They may very well slow the weight loss process down. You figuratively don’t want to “distract” the HCG from targeting your stored body fat. Mineral makeup, pressed powders and oil free foundations are acceptable as are eye makeups and lipstick. Also avoid lip gloss and chapstick. Use Carmex for dry and chapped lips. Mineral oil (baby oil) if needed is also effective as a moisturizer. Alba produces an oil free moisturizer that is superior for your face, hands and arms.
Are headaches normal during the first week?
A few people might get minor headaches during the first week. The cause is that your body is burning fat cells at a very rapid pace and you are, in fact, experiencing a significant detox. Aspirin or Tylenol provided it’s not sugar coated is effective.
Is there a weight loss slow down after the first two weeks?
Often there’s a big weight loss during the first two weeks and then it levels off. This doesn’t mean that the weight loss has stopped. What typically is happening is that inches are being lost continuously during the program and after a varying period of time, participants will realize another significant drop in weight. Significant weight and size reduction is thereby accomplished in this progressive step manner.
Under what guidelines is our HCG made?
This natural HCG is directly extracted from women’s placentas. All ingredients are solely from the U.S.A.
What do hCG Weight Loss Drops taste like?
Like other diet solutions without alcohol, our hCG Weight Loss Drops does not have a flavor or scent. Some of our initial batches imported from USA (LOT# 04243-041711) had an alcohol based inactive ingredient and had a slight chemical taste to it. To eliminate the flavor (which some people found distasteful) our drops are manufactured with inactive ingredients of demineralised water, Potassium Sorbate and Citric Acid.