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A Closer Look at the HCG Diet

There are so many diets out on the market today that it’s almost impossible to decide which will work for you. While doing research, it can become even more daunting since you won’t know where to start when choosing one. All of these diets and workout regiments may have helped you in some form, but are you having trouble keeping the weight off?

At Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center, we have a diet that was created to change the way your body loses weight. It’s called the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) Diet, and it can optimize the way you shed those extra pounds!

Reach out to us to learn if the HCG Diet is right for you! We can also assist in creating a diet that best fits your needs.

The HCG Diet is Born

The diet was created almost by accident by Dr. Albert T. W. Simeons, a Red Cross Order of Merit award-winning physician. Dr. Simeons was also credited for the advancement in research of many tropical diseases. Later, while working with malnourished pregnant women in India, Dr. Simeons discovered that they were delivering healthy babies.

After further research, he concluded that the HCG hormone (produced by women during pregnancy) helped these malnourished women despite their consuming a low amount of calories. The last piece of the puzzle came when Dr. Simeons realized that the HCG hormone was using stored fat as a source of energy.

After discovering how the HCG hormone worked, Dr. Simeons started treating obese patients, which led him to create a diet system. The result was a recommendation of HCG injections in combination with a customized, low-calorie diet. Dr. Simeons published a book in 1954 called Pounds and Inches that details the benefits of the HCG diet.

How Does it Work?

Upon treatment, human chorionic gonadotropin stimulates the hypothalamus in the brain to produce chemicals, which releases fat stores into the bloodstream to burn energy. The hormone still causes the release of fat stores even without a pregnancy, which is the important part when it comes to people interested in the HCG diet. Instead of using lean muscle for energy, you’ll be using the fat stores.

How is HCG Administered?

There are various methods in which HCG is administered, but the most effective way for the human body to absorb it is through injection. At Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center, we’ll make sure to offer the best method that suits your needs. Besides injections, there are several other common forms of using HCG, which include:

  • Drops – This form is great for those uncomfortable with injections.
  • Tablets – These are fairly new to the HCG market. Take caution with this option, as there are several imposters.

How Many Calories Can I Consume?

According to Dr. Simeon, supplementing HCG with a daily diet of about 500 calories will result in rapid weight loss. We know what you’re thinking, “Only 500 calories?” It might seem like an impossible task, but the daily intake of 500 calories portion of the diet is only for a few weeks.

After that phase is over, your daily caloric intake will increase to normal levels. Please take note that an average daily caloric intake amount may be different from what you believe. Most patients’ caloric intakes are higher than normal, resulting in unhealthy eating habits and stored fat. After completing the HCG diet, it’s important to continue eating healthy to keep the weight off.

What Can I Eat?

Just as with any health regiment, the path to success involves staying consistent. Remember that the toughest part about dieting is maintaining it. You won’t only change your eating habits for a few months, you’ll be changing them for the rest of your life. We know that there are many questions regarding what exactly you should eat to keep the weight off, but here are some suggestions:

  • Protein: beef, chicken breast, veal, fresh white fish, lobster, crab and shrimp
  • Produce: cabbage, spinach, asparagus, chard, cucumbers, chicory, red radishes, beet greens, onions, fennels, tomatoes, celery, grapefruit, oranges, apples, strawberries, etc.
  • Starches: melba toast and grissini
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, marjoram, vinegar, thyme, mustard powder, parsley and garlic sweet basil

If you’re unsure of how to go about dieting in a healthy manner, always discuss your options with your doctor or us first.

Your Weight Loss Journey Starts Now

If your current diet isn’t giving you the results you’re looking for, ask us about the HCG Diet. It’s an effective way to quickly lose weight and generate concrete results! We will implement a weight loss program that suits your needs and success. Call us at 956.672.4056 or visit our McAllen location today!