Frequently Asked Questions About the HCG Diet
Grand Blanc, Michigan HCG Medical Weight Loss Doctor, Megan Strauchman, D.O. specializes in medically supervised weight management programs. Dr. Strauchman has helped many patients lose weight and achieve their weight loss goals. Grand Blanc, Michigan HCG Diet Doctor Megan Strauchman, D.O. is always happy to answer your questions and concerns about losing weight and the HCG diet program. Below are some of the common questions Dr. Strauchman often receives.
What is HCG and how does it work?
HCG is a hormone naturally produced in the body. It has many functions and is used medically to treat a variety of conditions. For weight loss only a small amount is used to burn off the body’s excess stored fat.
Would I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low-calorie diet without the HCG?
You can lose weight by simply eating fewer calories and fat. However, because the body stores fat during times of deprivation, you will most likely lose muscle before fat. This diet program is designed to incorporate specialized low-calorie diet in combination with the HCG injection. HCG alone will not help you lose the weight you desire. Rather the combination of the low-calorie diet and the HCG make permanent weight loss a success without depleting the body’s structural fat or muscle.
Do I have to exercise while on the diet?
No. Exercise is not a mandatory part of the program. While vigorous exercise may increase the amount of weight you lose it is not a significant increase and is not recommended due to the low caloric intake. Vigorous exercise can lead to exhaustion and significantly increases hunger which will ultimately only lead to discouragement and frustration. If you are already accustomed to exercising at a certain level and would like to continue, do so, but do not over do it. Pay attention to your body’s response. Scale down the intensity of the workouts if: (1) you don’t have the energy to get through it; (2) you start feeling ill or light headed; (3) you gain weight the next day; or (4) you don’t have the energy to get through the day after you work out. Our suggestion for those who want to exercise is that you walk for 20 to 30 minutes daily. Walking is great exercise and contributes to your health in a variety of ways. It helps relieve stress, keeps the bowels moving, conditions your cardiovascular system, and encourages better blood and oxygen circulation. When you are finished with the program you can then pick up the intensity of your exercise routines.
Who should consider the HCG diet?
Those who have struggled with diets before, are looking to lose over 20lbs, or are interested in losing weight quickly yet safely.
Why the 500 -calorie diet?
HCG causes your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that it’s available for use. While you are only consuming 500 calories, your hypothalamus is continually releasing the fat stored in your body. Because of this, your body is actually operating on thousands of calories a day. The result is your body using thousands of calories of fat from your body each day; the reason HCG dieters lose up to one to two pounds of fat or more, per day.
Will I be hungry only eating 500 calories a day?
It is common for mild hunger during the first few days, however this will pass and by the 2nd week, you will find even very tiny servings, to be completely satisfying. This is partly due to your hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but largely due to the amount of calories circulating in your system from the fat being released. It is common that HCG dieters feel as though they are stuffing themselves in order to reach that 500-calorie limit.
Is 500 calories a day too low to be safe?
No. Research now confirms that eating a very low-calorie diet actually increase overall health, has anti-aging effects, and increases lifespan. This was reported recently in The New York Times. Most importantly, however, is when you are doing the diet combined with the HCG injections; your body is being flooded with over 2,000 calories of nutrition from the releasing of the abnormal fat reserves. This is one of the reasons that during Phase 2 you are not hungry and generally have an increase in energy levels.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
Weight loss varies between .5 pound and 3 lbs. per day, with the average loss being 1-2 pounds per day. While losing 1-2 pounds daily without the use of HCG would be unhealthy, the HCG in fact changes this. You lose fat and the weight loss comes directly from this fat loss and does not strip the body.
Is it healthy to lose 1-2 lbs. a day on the HCG diet?
HCG weight loss studies have shown that weight lost following the Simeons’ protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle. In doing so, the weight lost comes directly from fat and does not strip the body of much needed muscle, vitamins, or minerals essential to maintain good health, while at the same time, releasing excessive amounts of fat-stored nutrients into the blood stream to be absorbed by the body. For this reason, HCG dieters report a feeling and appearance of great health and marvel at the loss of negative health risks they had as an overweight individual.
What if I only want to lose 10-15 pounds, can I still do the diet?
Many people who are relatively satisfied with their physique can still have one or two problem areas that regardless of what they do they simply cannot address. Even if there is a relatively small amount of weight loss desired the HCG diet can be used. Most individuals desiring to lose just a few pounds notice that they also lose inches in these problematic areas and are very pleased with their results. The HCG will still have the same positive effects on the body by resetting the hypothalamus and thus keeping the weight and inches off in these problematic areas.
Contact Grand Blanc, Michigan HCG Medical Weight Loss Doctor, Megan Strauchman, D.O. to schedule your consultation and discuss your weight loss goals. Dr. Strauchman in Grand Blanc, Michigan looks forward to meeting with you and answering any other questions you might have about the HCG Weight Loss programs.