Important Insight

How does this stuff really work?
So, being 50 pounds overweight, I researched and discovered out what the HCG protocol was all about. I read through multiple research articles and asked advice from  doctors and nutritionists and asked them what kinds of results they were seeing with the protocol. The feedback was positive!
My Story
  Only then—with all the facts in, and convinced of its safety—did I decide I would try this product. As I said, I was 50 pounds overweight, sick, on medications and had nodules in my thyroid along with a goiter. After many tests and doctors I decided if I wanted to be around for my children and my someday grandchildren I needed to get healthy, lose weight, and eat more nutritiously. I followed Dr. Simeons protocol and a low calorie, low carb, high protein diet just as he said. It was the first time that I ever lost weight. I was losing between 1/2 – 1 pound a day. In 30 days I lost 26 pounds and 28 inches overall. Throughout the diet I had high energy, slept great and best of all I wasn’t hungry. I have lost 50 pounds and have kept it off for 7 years. I am on no medications, and as you read the testimonials you will read similar stories.
 THE TRUTH
HCG is naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women. In essence, it mobilizes fat away from undesired areas such as the waist, buttocks, and hips. Clients typically lose fat around the midsection, yet their faces don’t become skinny or withdrawn. HCG and a very low calorie diet has a revitalizing effect on a metabolic center of the brain. However, the exact mechanisms of how HCG affects metabolism and fat distribution are still not completely understood.
If you’re like most people, you’re likely wondering if it’s the very low calorie diet and not HGC that accounts for the weight loss. The answer is yes and no. Let me explain…
When people first hear the diet is 500 calories, they often gasp and say that it is no wonder people lose weight. They also comment that it would be a difficult diet to follow. The reality is that a 500 calorie diet in conventional medicine is an accepted medically supervised diet. In addition, while it’s true that many people can lose a similar amount of weight on a very low calorie diet without HCG, many are unable to lose weight by lowering calories alone. Their metabolism is unbalanced and weight loss is difficult no matter how many calories they consume. The HCG component is often what’s needed in these cases to finally kick-start the loss.
The fact is HCG makes it easier for almost anyone to lose weight for several reasons. First, HCG is a surprisingly powerful appetite suppressant. Another advantage for the use of HCG along with a lower calorie diet is that it appears to target fat in the typical problem areas including the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. A double-blind study with adults confirmed this unique ability when researchers found that HCG, plus a low calorie diet, significantly decreased waist and abdominal circumference compared to a low calorie diet alone (1). I can clearly see this occurring with my own clients when we measure the inches they have lost.
HCG also has several other major benefits: Fighting fatigue, mood swings, and irritability that often affect those on a very low calorie diet. In fact, there’s data suggesting that HCG acts like an endorphin (a mood benefiting and pain reducing chemical) in the brain. One study, done by Argentinian researchers, found those on a 500 calorie diet plus HCG “improved their attitude towards their environment, in the sense of an enhanced well-being, less irritability and lack of fatigue.” A side benefit of HCG’s endorphin-like action is that patients with arthritis or other types of chronic pain often find a dramatic reduction in their pain levels.
THE ROLE OF EXERCISE
Only minimal light exercise should be done during an HCG program. A light walk for 20 minutes is fine. Weight loss is achieved through the very low calorie diet and moderate to heavy exercise is not required. In fact, too much exercise while on the program can lead to fatigue and the loss of muscle mass since the body would need to burn muscle tissue in addition to fat. Too much exercise can also backfire by causing your metabolism to slow down.
GETTING STARTED
Balanced hormones helps with metabolism and the program helps to do just that.You must stay on the protocol for at least 21 days because that is how long it takes to reset the hypothalamus. Many  follow the protocol for 30 days but you may follow it for 40 days or 35 lbs whichever comes first.
If a repeat cycle is needed,  you follow a healthy, higher calorie diet with exercise for the amount of days you were taking the supplement first. This is to maintain your weight loss. Women who are fertile and sexually active are notified their fertility may be enhanced and birth control measures are implemented.
THE TRUTH ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS
I have never seen any major side effects on this program. Some patients can feel tired. This is normally fixed by increasing the amount of calories they’re eating or by giving nutrient support such as B vitamins.
With the decrease in calories, constipation can occur. This can usually be overcome simply by drinking more water, adding magnesium or drinking a smooth move type tea. Women who have a menstrual cycle may notice a temporary change in their cycle length.
Clients often ask me if taking HCG is a cancer risk. Human data doesn’t show that it’s a risk and actually there’s some preliminary evidence that it may have a protective effect against breast cancer.
A study published in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention found that women 40 years and younger who had used HCG  for weight loss or fertility had significantly less breast cancer than a control group who did not use HCG (2). I recommend anyone with a history of cancer consult with their doctor before starting the protocol. I always recommend before starting any weight loss program to first check with your doctor.
WHO CAN USE HCG

HCG is safe for most, but you should utilize HCG with caution and consult your doctor with the following:

• Asthma
• Cancer or a tumor of the breast, ovary, uterus, prostate, Hypothalamus, or pituitary gland
• Heart disease
• Kidney disease
• Migraine headache
• Seizures or  Large Fibroids

90% of people who try HCG will lose at least 15 pounds per cycle. Heavier patients…those with 60 or more pounds to lose…will often drop 30 pounds in the first cycle. 
The HCG program is a kick start to dropping the pounds and inches, improving insulin resistance, and boosting overall. However it is not a magic solution. After losing weight you will still need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program. Your goal should be to keep the weight off long term, otherwise there’s no point to doing the program. I do have some clients that repeat a round every couple of years to lose the extra pounds they have put back on due to things like “holiday weight gain.”
This information is intended for educational purposes and is not medical advice. You should consult your physician or other medical provider before starting this or any other weight loss program. This program is meant for healthy adults and should not be used by pregnant or lactating mothers. The author and affiliates disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects resulting from this information.​​​​​​​