Q: Does the weight and fat stay off after the loss?
A: Statistics show that 85% of the patients kept the weight off (within 10%) after one, two, and five years.
Q: Does everybody lose the same amount of weight?
A: Depending on age, gender and how much they need to lose, the weight loss is different. For those who are 60lbs overweight the weight loss is approximately a pound a day.
Q: Will I lose muscle?
A: No; there was no muscle or structural fat lost. The loss was almost 100% from the problem areas, re-shaping and re-sculpting the body.
Q: Where is HCG made?
A: It is made in the placenta of a pregnant human female.
Q: What if I did the 500 calorie diet without the HCG?
A: Many double-blind studies have been done to provide the answer. You will lose weight, but you will be losing muscle and structural fat; you will not lose any of the abnormal fat deposits in the problem areas. Your body will not be re-structured or re-sculpted. You will be hungry and tired. When you finish your metabolism will be lower than before and your hunger higher than before.
Q: Isn’t 500 calories a day too low to be safe?
A: No. Research now confirms that eating very low calorie diets actually increase overall health, have anti-aging effects and increase lifespan. Also when you are doing this diet combined with HCG injections, your body is being flooded with 2,000-3,000 calories of nutrition from the releasing of the abnormal fat reserves. This is one of the reasons why you are not hungry and generally have an increase in energy levels.
Q: Is there a deficiency of vitamins and minerals due to the low food consumption?
A: No. During the six-week period your body is releasing massive amounts of stored nutrition from the fat cells that are being synthesized. There is no loss of vitamins and minerals.
Q: Does the weight-loss protocol get rid of cellulite?
A: In most cases, absolutely Yes! If you are very strict and commit to all phases of the program, cellulite can vanish completely in a one-to-six month period of time.
Q: Must I gorge during the first 3 days?
A: Yes. A person on the 500 calorie diet will not be comfortable unless his normal fat reserves are reasonably well-stocked. It takes about 3 injections before abnormal fat deposits begin to be released and circulate, thus becoming available to the body as fuel.
Q: Can I substitute smoked fish, pickled fish or deli meats?
A: No. Nothing smoked, dried or pickled. Never use deli meats. The meats must be of the leanest variety, trimming of any and all visible fat. Try to use organic meats, otherwise it will contain growth hormone, antibiotics and other animal drugs which slowdown or stop the fat burning process.
Q: Can I change some food items on the diet?
A: No. You must be very strict in following the diet exactly if you want to achieve results. Using a different assortment of vegetables or fruits may give you less calories, but the chemical composition of the foods in the way they are eaten together will give you the greatest weight loss. The combination of foods as listed should not exceed 500 calories.
Q: Will I be hungry during the protocol?
A: You may have slight hunger during day 1 through day 7 of the 40 day program (Phase 2). Once the HCG and the fat burning begin, you should experience little, if any hunger.
Q: Can I use artificial sweeteners while on the protocol?
A: No. You should never use any artificial sweeteners ever again for as long as you live. All artificial sweeteners, including NutraSweet and Splenda, should never be consumed. They increase depression, are physically, and chemically addicting, and they make you fat. Stevia and Truvia are the only sweeteners are allowed.
Q: While on the protocol, can I use gum, mints, lozenges, or cough syrup?
A: No, no, no, no!
Q: Must I eliminate cosmetics, moisturizers, lotions and creams during Phase 2?
A: Yes. Fats, oils, creams and ointments, applied to the skin are absorbed in to the body and interfere with weight reduction by HCG just as if those ingredients were eaten. Persons who habitually handle fats, such as workers in beauty parlors, masseuses, butchers, etc. never show a satisfactory loss of weight with HCG unless they avoid all contact with the skin of fats and various similar products.
Q: Will I gain the weight back?
A: If you go back to eating fast food, restaurant food, and food containing trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, super highly refined food, artificial sweeteners, meat, poultry and dairy with growth hormone and antibiotics, etc, etc, etc you will in fact mess up your hypothalamus again and regain the weight. If however, you follow the do’s and don’ts, the weight should NEVER return.
Q: What if I haven’t lost all the weight I want, can I do the program again in less than a year’s time?
A: Yes. If you desire to lose more weight after the first time, you must wait 6 weeks before starting again.
Q: Do I really need to eat organic grass fed beef, organic poultry and organic milk, cheese and dairy products?
A: Yes. Unless it’s 100% organic, the animals and diary products will be loaded with growth hormones, antibiotics and other animal drugs. This will make your weight loss less than ideal.
Q: After I finish the 6 week program do I have to do the maintenance phase?
A: Yes. This part of the program is necessary to stabilize your weight and reset the hypothalamus so that your weight does not return.
Q: Can I stay on the Phase 2 longer than six weeks?
A: The body has a tendency to create an immunity to HCG after six weeks. Once this occurs the body will no longer be burning abnormal fat reserves, but rather start burning structural fat and muscle.
Q: Can men take HCG since you say it is a pregnancy hormone?
A: Yes. Most men report a higher weight loss on average than women. HCG is a FDA-approved treatment in men to increase testosterone, the male hormone.
Q: What makes HCG different from other diets?
A: HCG decreases the appetite making it easy to do. It also causes fat to be lost, not muscle mass, as in other weight loss programs. In addition there is no typical side-effects seen in other programs of hunger and lack of energy.
Q: What are the positive effects of HCG?
A: In addition to the body re-shaping and weight loss, many patients report improved deeper sleep, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, less insulin and other required medications and higher energy levels as well as an increased feeling of well-being
Q: Are there any negative side-effects?
A: Any side effects on prescribed doses are rare. Women who are pregnant produce over 10,000 times the dose given in this program, yet no major side effects have ever been documented in pregnancy.
Q: Would a physician be in charge of my care?
A: Yes. In addition a registered nurse (R.N.) and a medical assistant (M.A.) closely monitor your progress and physical health during the program.
Q: Why do I have to have my blood taken?
A: Not all people are candidates. To assess each individual all possible evaluations are necessary, including blood work, to make sure you are a good candidate for the program.
Q: Will I get morning sickness or feel pregnant?
Q: What is HCG and how does it work?
A: HCG is a hormone naturally produced in the body. It has many functions and has been used medically to treat many conditions. The hormone allows the body to metabolize fat and use it as energy for both the mother and the fetus, during pregnancy. With weight loss, we use only a very small amount of HCG and capitalize on this same mechanism.
Q: Is it safe to lose ½-1 pound a day with HCG?
A: HCG weight loss studies have shown that the weight loss that comes from following the protocol comes directly from the adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle. In this way the weight loss comes directly from unhealthy fat and does not strip the body of its needed muscle, vitamins and minerals essential to maintain good health.
Q: Why the 500 calorie diet (VLCD=very low calorie diet)?
A: The HCG causes the hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that’s it’s available for use. Therefore your body is using thousands of calories of fat per day.
Q: Will I be hungry on 500 calories a day?
A: It is common to have mild hunger the first week, however this will pass. You will find that even very small servings will be completely satisfying. It is partially related to your hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but largely from the amount of calories circulating in your body from the release of the fat.
Q: How about the safety and side effects of the HCG shots?
A: There are rarely side effects reported with the shots. The difference in the injections used for infertility and for the diet are hugely different. The dosage of infertility injections is 10,000 i.u’s and for the diet are approximately 150 i.u’s.
Q: What is the Hypothalamus Gland?
A: This gland deep within your brain, regulates the thyroid, the adrenals, fat storage and more importantly your metabolic rate.
Q: Are the HCG injections painful?
A: There can be some localized and transient irritation, but the amount administered for weight loss along with the thinness of the needle are relatively painless.
Q: Are there cheat days on the HCG weight loss?
A: There are “NO CHEAT DAYS” on the diet plan. By cheating the body will need “3” days to recognize the “starvation mode” again, before weight loss can be resumed. In the meantime the body will hold on to as many calories as it can.