1. Expected result: An average of 1 pound per day weight loss is expected. Depending upon the length of a treatment course, total weight loss should equal 26-40 pounds per treatment course.
2. Is there a limit on how much fat I can lose? Can I lose too much fat? The maximum amount of fat loss is based upon the individual’s calculated “ideal” body weight. The HCG will prevent the amount of weight loss to exceed the ideal body weight.
3. How is it done? The program consists of a series of daily intramuscular HCG injections combined with a specifically designed balanced high protein-low carbohydrate-low calorie (VLCD) dietary plan.
4. How long does each treatment course last? Depending upon the calculated required weight loss, each treatment course will last for 26-43 days.
5. How many treatment courses are required? It depends on the amount of calculated required weight loss.
6. How long would the results last? It is expected that with adherence to a normal dietary plan, the resultant weight loss to be maintained for years. As a general rule, 60%-70% of the patients experience little or no difficulty in holding their weight permanently. Pregnancy or the menopause may annul the effect of a previous treatment.
7. Are appetite suppressants or diet pills used in this program? No appetite suppressant or diet pills are used in this program.
8. What are the side-effects of HCG injections? HCG injections do not have any side-effects. During the first few days of treatment, the patient may occasionally suffer from a mild headache.
9. Can it be used during pregnancy or while nursing? No. The same rule applies for women who are trying to become pregnant.
10. Would it have an impact on my menstrual cycle? No. In a majority of cases, except for very young girls, there would not be any change in the regular menstrual cycles.
11. Would I crave for food? Would I suffer? No food craving and/or pain and suffering are expected in this plan.
12. Would I look gaunt? No. Under the influence of the HCG, only the abnormal fat storage reserves are metabolized and the normal fat, located under the skin and face would hardly be affected.
13. Would I be able to get rid of my “trouble” areas? Yes. The bulk of the abnormal fat storage reserves are located in the hips, buttocks, thighs, arms and lower belly (in women) and arms and belly (in men). The HCG weight management program “reshapes” the body.
14. Is there any downtime? Would I be tired? Can I go to work or perform my daily activities? There is no downtime. Program participants do not need to change their daily work and leisure habits.
15. Do I need to join a workout program? Although working out, as a part of healthy living is encouraged, it is not required in this program.
16. What effects does the HCG weight management program have on other medical diseases? It is expected that either indirectly as the result of the weight loss or direct impact of HCG on various metabolic functions the following medical diseases to improve or completely normalize:
17. What do I need to do to enter this program? Prior to entering the program, the patient must undergo the following processes: During the initial consultation, an HCG weight management program specialist will evaluate you as a candidate to enter the program. If you are considered to be a candidate, you will need to undergo a complete physical examination and a battery of tests and to be “medically cleared” by a physician. You will undergo a one on one educational course and will be advised about the details of the program.
18. Is this a fad diet? No. This is not a fad diet. Although relatively new in U.S., the HCG weight management program has been successfully used in Europe since the mid-1960s.
19. Can I go ahead and buy the medication on the internet and start treating myself? The HCG weight management program is a very calculated scientific approach to the issue of obesity and should be managed under the direct supervision of a licensed physician. Unsupervised plans may result in unwanted complications and is not an advisable approach. HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)
What is (& is not) HCG?
Slow weight retention over the years, typically is a direct result of your body’s hormonal imbalances. HCG dieters are instructed to cut their daily intake of calories to 500 a day, after the third day. This is actually much easier than it sounds. Once the HCG becomes active in a dieter’s body, its release of long-stored fat provides the body with the calories it needs to burn to get through a day. The food consumed while on the diet is high in protein and low in starches, carbohydrates and fat causing the body to pull from its own stores. As long as fat deposits are being released for use, the 500 daily calories being ingested is enough to sustain the dieter without the crazy hunger pains one would normally experience on a 500-calorie diet.
1. Using the wrong spices. Spices MUST be used with extreme caution. Check all ingredients for any unallowable foods (shredded orange peel), and form of sugar (brown, white, maltose, dextrose, etc,), starch (modified corn starch), and/or any kind of oil i.e. ‘Garlic Salt’ can have sugar and modified cornstarch – not acceptable!
2. Not loading enough fat during load days (first two days of HCG). This might explain hunger and associated crankiness during the first week of HCG low-calorie phase.
3. Mixing vegetables at a meal. Dr. Samadi clearly states one vegetable. While many people lose quite satisfactorily when mixing vegetables, it is a place to review if losing slows.
4. Chewing gum, mints, etc. These items are not allowed during the low-calorie phase on HCG. Again, some lose quite satisfactorily when violating this directive, but it is a place to review if losing slows.
5. Diet drinks including Crystal Light, diet soda or other diet drinks are NOT ALLOWED – only water, teas, coffees, and mineral water should be used.
6. Eating too much American beef, which is noted as significantly more fatty than the beef Dr. Samadi refers to. Veal is a suggested replacement, and if you have availability to Buffalo meat it is acceptable as it is less fatty than American beef.
7. Weighing 100 grams of protein after cooking. The weight of the protein is to be based on PRECOOKED weight – this can make quite a difference in the prescribed serving.
8. Eating the same protein for both lunch and dinner. Food selections are to be varied.
9. Not drinking enough water. You should be drinking at least 2 quarts of the liquids per day.
10. Weighing in significantly different clothes or at different times each morning (before eating or drinking) causes undue concern and confusion or false appearance of weight gain/loss.
11. Eating at restaurants. To a large degree, the meats have been ‘juiced’ or manipulated to be more flavorful, tender or juicy, with a multitude of processes that could easily slow your weight loss, particularly chicken.
12. Taking over the counter medications that include artificial sweeteners.
It may seem like a paradox, but focusing on your food could be the secret weapon in your medical weight loss program. Think about it: When was the last time you ate a meal and actually savored each bite? If you’re used to spending most of your time inhaling your food at your desk, dashboard dining, and trying to figure out how your toddler’s leftover chicken fingers disappeared, you may be in need of a mindful eating makeover.
Put simply, mindful eating is: Being present for each sensation of the experience of eating. Awareness of the chewing, tasting, and swallowing of food, moment by moment.
There are lots of different concepts in mindful eating, but an important one is being present—rather than future—focused. We spend so much of our time fixating on the future and letting the present slip by unnoticed. This is especially true of eating. We’ll be captivated by the image of a delectable but ‘forbidden’ food while barely acknowledging what’s under our nose. Mindful eating strives to change that. Ready to get started? Here’s an activity to get you focusing on the present moment—and meal:
‘Sort’ your food. The next time you sit down to a meal, mentally label what you’re going to eat by imagining three buckets. Label one bucket ‘positive,’ one ‘neutral,’ and one ‘negative.’ In your mind, put each food item you’re about to eat into one of the three buckets. Now that you’ve labeled your food, think about why you gave it the label you did. For foods, you labeled positive, think what it is about the food you like so much. For those that are neutral or negative, consider why you put it in that bucket. Realize that we won’t always be able to have ‘positive’ eating experiences (just like not every moment of life is positive, either—wouldn’t that be nice!).
But by mentally sorting our food we take the first step toward awareness of our attitude about it and eating it mindfully in the present moment. Through this we can move toward choosing foods we feel positive about that also promote health and well-being—and that can help us achieve our weight-loss goals.
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