MEDICAL ADVANCES IN WEIGHT LOSS: THE HCG SYSTEM
By Waldo Acebo, MD
It’s that time of year again, a time for new goals and resolutions. There’s never been a better moment to shed those extra pounds, in order to improve your health and energy level.
WHY THE HCG SYSTEM REALLY WORKS?
In order to lose weight, the body needs to burn more calories than those that it consumes. But when you adopt a very low diet in calories, the starvation syndrome takes place; the body slows down the metabolism to survive, and preserves the structural fat at the expense of the muscle mass, since the muscles consume 70 times more calories than the fat tissue. Thus, almost all the weight you lose with that type of diet comes from the muscle and not from the stored fat tissue. Ultimately, when this low-calorie diet is stopped, the weight is gained again, but as fat tissue.
That is the reason for which the weight loss program known as “HCG diet” has become so successful. The researches have shown that when the hormone HCG is administered to lose weight, most of the weight loss comes from the adipose fat tissue; the muscle is preserved and its loss does not exceed the 5% of the total weight. It is the increase of the muscle mass what helps the continuous loss of stored fat. As a matter of fact, a body composition of greater amount of muscle mass than fat tissue is the foundation of a healthy person.
WILL THE HCG SYSTEM HELP CONTROL YOUR APPETITE?
Another advantage of the HCG system is that it controls your appetite and modifies your nutritional habits more easily. The HCG is the well-known Human Chorionic Gonadotropine hormone which, when administered in small amounts, acts at the level of the hypothalamus sending signals to the blood stream to melt down the undesired stored fat, facilitating that the cells of the body use it was a source of energy. Therefore, the HCG system allows the weight loss process without making you feel hungry, and preventing anxiety outbreaks, headaches, lack of energy and bouts of hypoglycemia, which are generally associated to traditional diets.
HOW MANY LBS ARE SHED WHILE ON THE HCG PROGRAM?
Most patients who adopt this system report a weight loss of 1 to 2 lbs a day, control of their appetite, and increase in their levels of energy and physical well-being. The hormone is administered in small doses of painless injections (also available in tablets and drops) for a period of 23 to 40 days.
WHAT IS THE LONG-TERM SUCCESS OF THIS WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM?
It has been reported that between 80 to 90% of the patients on the HCG system, maintain their new weight for over five years, unlike with other diets, which only report only a 10%. This is due to the fact that the HCG system accelerates your metabolism, in addition to the healthier nutritional habits that are developed during the time that you follow the HCG program.
HOW SAFE IS THE HCG SYSTEM?
This system must be adopted under medical supervision, not only because a very low diet in calories could be unhealthy without proper supervision; but due to the eventuality, although rarely, of collateral effects like headaches, dizziness, depression, blood clots, and the rare Syndrome of Ovarian Hyper-stimulation.
HOW CAN I GET STARTED?
The program includes a free initial evaluation to assess the individual’s eligibility, a comprehensive physical examination, and several follow-up consultations with the doctor specialized in weight loss. This doctor will take the necessary steps to prevent any nutritional deficiencies and guarantee the patient's adherence to the program, as well as keeping up your ideal weight in the long term.