Across the US, obesity has become one of the worst issues around – with more overweight men and women than any country of the world. And while there is no country in the world that is as fat as the US, we also have a culture that is all about the newest trends in health and fad diets. Whether it be the newest plant-based ideology or the ketogenic diet – our society is constantly trying to come up with a diet that we can widely agree is more than just a fad. The HCG diet is more than just a fad and based on science and real-life results we can truly say it really works! At New York Aesthetics they offer a number of different options for weight loss treatment, and one of the most popular and effective over the years has been the HCG diet. More than just a diet, HCG is a weight loss treatment system – designed to alter the patient’s entire lifestyle more than just the foods we consume. But while this diet might be popular amongst the patients at New York Aesthetics, little to none is still known about what this weight loss treatment entails. To better educate you on all thing HCG weight loss, the team of weight loss experts at New York Aesthetics offer these answers to frequently asked questions regarding the HCG diet.
· What is the HCG Diet and How Does it Work?
This diet is more than just a diet. In fact, the HCG weight loss treatment system is based on a low-calorie diet in conjunction with HCG shots of a naturally occurring hormone that is conventionally produced by the placenta during pregnancy, the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone. The hormone has the ability to reduce an individual’s appetite, while simultaneously providing energy, and alleviating the symptoms commonly associated with drastically low-calorie diets. The HCG hormone can prevent headaches, mood swings, and prevent fatigue as well. Despite the lack of calories, the beauty of the HCG diet is that the hormone allows the body to process what calories it does have more efficiently, and use fat as an energy source, in place of the caloric deficit. When the hormone shots and the low-calorie diet is combined, patients are able to lose weight much faster and more efficiently than any other diet around.
· What Are the Initial Steps to the HCG Diet?
The HCG weight loss treatment system begins with a 2-day period of calorie-loading – in which the patient eats as many calorically-dense foods as possible. This is known as Phase I. during this phase, patients try their best to maximize their fat, carbs, and calorie intake and “load up” the body for the later phases. Patients are told to eat more fried foods, breads, starches, and desserts – food never traditionally allowed in most diets! To begin each day, patients will take their HCG shots or in some cases, HCG drops.
· What Does Phase II, III, & IV Entail?
Once the loading phase is done, the next 3 phases take place. The second phase is the longest and most important – where the patient will continue with their HCG shots and begin a highly calorie-restrictive diet – approximately 500 calories or less (per day), eliminating fat from your diet completely. In phases 3 & 4, the patient will taper off the hormone, and begin a less restrictive diet.
· How Much Weight Can I Expect to Lose?
The goal of the HCG diet isn’t to drop 100’s of pounds in a matter of weeks, but actually a slow, steady, realistic weight loss over time. Generally, patients should expect to lose 1-3 pounds per week, if they follow all directions properly and continue with their HCG shots and an approximately 500 calorie diet.
The HCG weight loss system has proven to be one of the best and most consistent methods of weight loss around today. For more information on HCG and other weight loss treatment options, contact New York Aesthetics today.