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HCG Diet: Reality or Scam?

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Tuesday, 03 May 2011 01:37 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Summer is near and hiding under big sweaters and bulky coats is no longer an option. We have to face our shapes head on and get our bodies back into fighting shape right now.
So, how to safely and quickly solve the problem of unwanted weight gain and shed those pesky pounds?
The answer is clear: go on a diet. You can try something new, go back to a diet you’ve tried before, or just see a diet doctor. Hopefully your choice will work.
But what if it doesn’t?
You may just be among the majority of us who somewhere between our 30s and 40s lost the ability to shed the extra padding regardless of diet. Yes, gone are the days when cutting out deserts, alcohol, and soda and adding 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week for just few weeks did the trick.
Yes, we are getting older but that is not reason enough to throw in the towel. Staying young and beautiful with trim bodies that are able to wear gorgeous clothes and bikinis is still within our reach safely — pretty much at any age.
The main reason you are having a hard time loosing the weight is directly connected to loss of hormones.
Loss of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in perimenopause and menopause starts a vicious cycle of weight gain many find impossible to break. Low thyroid and adrenal fatigue follow only increasing the midriff bulge and those unwanted hips.
No cabbage or celebrity diet will help you get rid of those.
What will help is a stepwise process under the care of an experienced and caring physician.
The first step is to turn back the clock hormonally. To accomplish that, we use bioidentical hormones; estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, adrenal support. This step helps open the door to anti-aging. It helps you feel better and primes your body to successfully lose weight again.
The second step is indeed the magic bullet; a safe and effective diet that nothing short of miraculously helps you lose between a half and 2 pounds of unwanted fat every day. It’s a diet we use at the Age Management Institute in Manhattan every day.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone produced in pregnancy, hence quite safe and also used to help increase testosterone levels in men (ditto on safety).
This miraculous hormone causes the hypothalamus (the master gland in the brain), to mobilize fat cells all over the body and convert them to fuel. The result: Fat literally melts off your body.
In the 1950s an English physician by the name of A.T.W. Simeons started using HCG as a weight-loss tool. His results were remarkable and reproducible with great results ever since. It does make sense. Just ask endocrinologists and fertility doctors — they understand this hormone best.
A daily injection of a minute amount of HCG with a tiny insulin needle painlessly does the trick. The shot helps decrease your appetite so you can follow the very specific details of the 500-calories-a-day diet. That’s why you only want to do it under the care of a physician and a nurse who specialize in hormones and the diet.

This diet requires serious commitment. But then, in my experience when you are desperate enough. you become committed.
You can do it for either 23 or 47 days, and you can then go right to Macy’s and get a new wardrobe in size 6.

So what are the skeptics saying?
• It’s hard to stay on a 500 calorie diet and it may even be dangerous due to the fact that the usual very low calorie diets cause us to go into a state of ketosis (you start eating away your muscles). True, it’s hard, but that is why you need HCG to do it. HCG protects you from losing muscle mass and being constantly hungry. In fact is burns fat and thus you lose weight.
• As soon as you get off it, you gain the weight back. This is likely if you do it on your own without professional help. In our practice when you finish the HCG part we introduce you to The Hormone Friendly Diet (which I wrote) that works and becomes a way of life helping you keep the weight off permanently.
• Do not follow the diet off the Internet without professional supervision and never take the HCG in drops. True — it just doesn’t work.
Proudly we have patients who have lost 30 to 50 pounds and a year later are still showing off their before and after pictures.
If you do it correctly you have nothing to lose but the padding you wanted to get rid of permanently. Isn’t that what we all want anyway?

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