Physician supervised HCG diet
The HCG diet is a longstanding diet using the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) to help with fat redistribution and weight loss. It is a very low calorie diet of 500 calories per day and can be followed for one to two months.
We urge all patients who are interested in this diet to read Dr. Simeons’ book “Pounds and Inches”. Dr. Simeons is a British physician who discovered that the hormone pulls weight away from abnormal storage areas and leaves it in the areas we need fat. New medical evidence shows that the more rapid the weight loss, the slower a person tends to regain it.
Undertaking such a drastic diet takes care and planning, but the reward of rapid weight loss that is maintainable is well worth it for many people. Typically people initially lose about 1 pound per day. After one month, most women have lost 15-20 lbs. and men have lost 25-30 lbs.
We are happy to supervise patients interested in safely using this diet plan. The treatment involves an initial consult with Dr. Howlin and screening for any medical contraindications and we will teach you the self-injection technique. Weekly weigh-ins and blood pressure measurement with our medical assistant along with a monthly visit with the physician helps us monitor the diet properly. Diabetics need to see the physician weekly and have more frequent blood work to ensure the safety of the diet.
Losing excessive weight can improve a person’s health in many ways: diabetic control, blood pressure, cholesterol, arthritis, urinary incontinence, and reflux are several good examples.
HCG Diet Plan Phases
The diet has three phases:
1. Fat loading phase. Eat all the fatty foods you desire for 2 days before beginning the very low calorie diet. This is very important to fill up the healthy body stores and stave off hunger. Injections are started on the first day of fat loading. Inject .15 cc of HCG subcutaneously.
2. Diet phase. Begin the VLCD (very low calorie diet). Stay on the diet for 21-60 days depending on weight loss goals. If the goal weight isn’t met after 60 days, a 2 month maintenance break is taken before resuming another course of HCG medication. The last 3 days of the diet phase begin once the goal weight is achieved; the VLCD is to follow for 3 days without the HCG injections. This resets the body’s metabolism. This phase will be carried out anywhere from 21 days to 2 months, depending on the weight loss desired and progress/health of the dieter.
3. Maintenance. This is the most important of all. Eating the same low fat, low carbohydrate foods as during the diet phase, but increase calories. The caloric intake is increase to 1500-2000 calories per day. Weigh with careful daily attention to weight. This phase lasts three weeks. Do not skimp on calories or the body will not establish a correct set-point.
After completing maintenance, the dieter is free to resume a healthy diet, but not to develop bad habits of highly caloric snacks or fast food. If 2 lbs are gained, have a steak day with an apple or tomato. We encourage a free weigh in with us as needed. For travel, you must always bring your home scale along.
HCG Diet Plan Meals
No substitutions or exceptions are allowed, unless there is a medical reason.
Breakfast: Tea or coffee without sugar. Stevia or saccharin may be used as sweeteners. One tablespoon of milk is allowed per day.
Lunch: 4 ounces of lean protein (the size of a desk of cards.) Protein sources are: Lean beef, chicken without the skin, whitefish (no salmon or tuna), lobster, crab or shrimp. Remove all visible fat before cooking. Weigh before cooking. Grill or broil without fat.
One Grissino breadstick (I found them at Meijer) or one Melba toast.
Two cups of vegetables from the following list: spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, celery, beet greens, chicory, cucumbers, onions, asparagus, cabbage, green salad, fennel, red radishes, chard. Only one type of vegetable may be eaten per meal with the exception of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers may be eaten together.
One piece of fruit: apple (any size), orange, half grapefruit, or 6-9 strawberries.
Dinner: same menu as lunch.
Many people choose to use their fruit as a mid-morning snack or late night snack.
Also allowed: Juice of one lemon per day.
Coffee, tea and water in any amount.
Seasonings: salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, basil, parsley, thyme etc.
Not allowed: Oil, butter, dressing, pop, beer, wine or alcohol, Crystal Light or flavored beverages.