by Marcia V. Byrd, M.D.
The most satisfying thing I do in my practice is to help patients improve their image. For some, I can do it quickly with minimal downtime. I offer numerous methods of body sculpting including traditional tumescent liposuction, Water Assisted Liposuction, LipoSelection by Vasser, Smartlipo Laser Lipolysis, and our new FDA approved, non surgical Cool Sculpting which is being referred to as “Freeze Your Fat”. I will be covering each of these methods in future blogs but today I want to focus on the HCG Plus weight loss program because, any of these body sculpting methods will achieve better outcomes if your body weight is at or close to your recommended weight.
So many of my patients have been struggling with their weight for years. They have tried diet after diet, starved themselves, and lost some weight only to gain it back. When they come to me for help, I am happy to assure them that this system of weight loss has had tremendous success rates among my patients who have followed the program. Weight comes off quickly and stays off.
The HCG* weight loss protocol* consists of a very low calorie diet accompanied by treatments of injected HCG. The average HCG dieter experiences rapid weight loss averaging 1 to 3 pounds per day depending on the amount of needed weight loss without losing muscle mass. This diet lasts for a maximum of 40 days. HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone present in both men and women, but which is produced in great amounts in pregnant females. During pregnancy, the substance almost completely controls the woman’s metabolic functions. In non-pregnant men and women, research suggests HCG similarly increases the metabolism similar to a pregnant female. Thousands of calories in stored fat are released, and are used by the body or expelled. To keep the fat cells from immediately taking in more fat, the very low calorie diet (VLCD) is necessary and personal care products such as lotion are prohibited.
HCG diet shots cause your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that it’s available for use. While you are only consuming 500 calories, 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 using thousands of calories of fat from your body each day; the reason HCG dieters lose 1 to 2 pounds of fat or more per day. Under normal circumstances a 500 calorie diet is almost impossible, but through the administration of HCG it becomes possible. The HCG treatment helps to suppresses feelings of hunger so you will be able to continue your daily activities without feeling weak or tired and without feeling depressed.
To find out more about the HCG Plus weight loss program or to schedule your initial personal consultation call 770-587-1711.
*In many medical treatment areas, including the use of HCG for weight loss, you will often hear the term “off-label.” When the FDA approves a substance for medical purpose, it is for a very specific use. That FDA-specific use is printed on the label. But the FDA also allows physicians to use their own judgment for newly discovered uses that were not originally included in the FDA-approval specification. This is the nature of HCG use in weight loss. The FDA does require the following to be posted:
FDA Disclaimer: “HCG has not been demonstrated to be an effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”