What is HCG?

HCG stands for “human Chorionic Gonadotropin”. hCG is naturally occurring in both men and women, but it is produced in excess by the placenta during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the substance almost completely controls the woman's metabolic functions.

How does the HCG Protocol work?

hCG acts as a safety net for the body during pregnancy, if a pregnant woman’s caloric intake falls too low; the body senses an emergency and sends a message to the body to pull fat from the body’s reserve fat stores (adipose tissue). These reserve fat stores provide an excellent source of energy. hCG does not take fat from structural fat (necessary fat around our vital organs, our eyes, and around muscle tissue). In order to get the body to sense that there is an “emergency” HCG dieters follow a very specific diet of 500 calories, and only certain food may be eaten that do not trigger the body to stop releasing fat. When followed properly, the body will release 2,500 calories into the bloodstream daily, in addition to the deficit in caloric intake (about 1,000 to 2,000 daily) one will have by eating only 500 calories, this translates to about 3,500 to 4,500 calories that will be burned daily by the body. Often individuals on the HCG protocol will lose up to 2 pounds per day. Most dieters feel full, satiated, and full of energy while on the protocol.

Wouldn’t I lose weight anyway just by eating the 500 calories a day? How can that be safe?

You would certainly lose weight, but not as much, and eventually your metabolism would slow down. Eating 500 calories a day would surely cause weight loss, if a person who normally eats 2000 calories a day cut back to 500 calories a day, they would burn 1,500 calories a day (a little less than half a pound). With HCG, your body is triggered to release 2,500 calories from your fat stores each day, so assuming you normally eat 2,000 calories per day, you would be burning 1,500 calories from reducing your food intake, and then 2,500 extra calories from the HCG, resulting in a total daily loss of 4,000 calories per day (about 1.2 pounds of fat). Also, your metabolism won’t slow down, because your body has plenty of fuel from your fat stores.

How much weight will I lose with the HCG weight loss program?

Most HCG. dieters report a loss of 1 to 2 lbs a day, at the very least, ½ pound a day, and at the most, 3 + lbs a day. 1 lb is generally lost in the first day after the loading phase. Factors that guarantee faster weight loss include adding/increasing vegetable intake and mixing salad with each meal. Fiber intake is extremely important, as is water intake. Water will help flush out fat from your body as you lose weight. The body will develop an immunity to HCG after approximately 6 weeks. So, if you have more than 40 pounds to lose, you will have to do a full series of HCG, wait 6 weeks, and then you can begin your next series if necessary.

Is it healthy to lose 1 to 2 pounds a day with HCG shots?

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.

Why the 500 calorie diet - VLCD (very low calorie diet)?

HCG shots cause your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that it’s available for use, but this is only effective if your body recognizes a significant drop in calories. 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 1 to 2 lbs of fat or more, per day.

What can I eat?

On the hCG medical weight loss program you will eat two meals and two snacks per day. You will choose from a variety of foods that your whole family can also enjoy: lean chicken, fish, beef, seafood selections, fruits, veggies, coffee and tea.

Will I be hungry on 500 calories a day!?

It is sometimes common for mild hunger during the first few days, however this will pass, 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! If you are not following the protocol perfectly, you may experience hunger. If you are following the program protocol and still having trouble with hunger, we can recommend and natural herbal appetite suppressant.

Who is a candidate for HCG Diet Shots?

The majority of men and women can use HCG injections for weight loss. It is recommended that dieters consult with your physician concerning your weight loss, along with the appropriate implementation of the HCG protocol. The physician will not recommend HCG weight loss injections for women who are pregnant or nursing. HCG will not allow the body to burn any fat other than excess reserve fat, so thin and emaciated person would not continue to lose weight on HCG. HCG can generally be used by most people, but persons who have less than 15 pounds to lose will still have to complete at least 21 days of the protocol. HCG is quite effective for people who regularly diet and exercise but cannot seem to get rid of the "last few pounds".

How about safety and side effects of HCG Diet Shots?

There are rarely side effects reported while using HCG diet shots, or oral HCG for weight loss. When the HCG shots are used for fertility reasons, the larger amount is known to cause occasional headaches, and pregnancy symptoms. However, the amount differences between the HCG diet protocol and HCG used for fertility purposes is significantly different in quantity, women are encouraged to use a back up contraceptive method while on the protocol as HCG may increase fertility

Will I gain the weight back after the HCG diet?

After the HCG Protocol, you will find your appetite You will find a normal amount of exercise will be sufficient for maintaining a very healthy body- from yoga, to 20 minutes of cardio a day, or whatever you enjoy that gets your heart moving. With your hypothalamus reset, your metabolism will be different and you will be able to eat moderately without feeling the need to overeat.

What is involved with the maintenance plan?

You complete Phase II of the HCG program you will begin a maintenance program where you will gradually add complex carbohydrates, fruits, and starches back into your diet. This process will take about 3 weeks. We will evaluate your caloric needs at your new weight, and determine your recommended intake. During the maintenance phase you will keep careful track of any gains when reintroducing new foods, and if a particular food causes a gain you will remove it from your diet until it does not cause a gain. We recommend coming in and weighing in for the first few weeks of maintenance, and getting fat burner and B12 injections.

What is the hypothalamus gland?

The hypothalamus gland moderates the thyroid, adrenals, fat storage, and more importantly, your metabolic rate. HCG will help regulate the hypothalamus.

Is HCG safe for men?

The HCG used for the HCG weight loss protocol is actually already found in men. In fact, it is present in every human tissue, including males and non-pregnant women as well as pregnant. Men will lose weight just as easily as women on the HCG weight loss program.

How painful are HCG injections for weight loss?

The HCG injections for weight loss are administered using a very fine needle and are quite painless. Your counselor at Ceres Wellness & Anti-Aging will show you how to properly do the injections.

Can I just order HCG on the internet and do it at home? Why should I come in to Ceres Wellness and Anti-Aging Center?

Many online retailers offer HCG at very low prices, however, many scammers are taking advantage of dieters and selling substandard product, or even worse, taking money and never shipping the product. The FDA has recently banned sales of over the counter Oral HCG (often sold online) due to its inconsistency and non effectiveness. We find that the injections are much more effective and oral HCG found online is often much weaker than that from a reputable pharmacy. You have a support team here at Ceres Wellness and Anti-Aging! With any weight loss plan, dieting is much more effective when you have support every step of the way. Dr. Tyson and the staff at Ceres Wellness and Anti-Aging Center will guide you though every step, if you have a problem you can call us and we will help you through it. We want to make sure everything goes smoothly. We will provide you with tips to succeed with maximum weight loss with this weight loss plan and provide a quality pharmaceutical HCG. Also, you will check in weekly with our staff to weigh in and ask any questions. We find that the “weigh in” is necessary in keeping dieters accountable. If you are serious about making a change in your health and your body, our experienced staff is ready to assist you in reaching and maintaining your goal weight.

How much will it cost?

Our program is as short as 3 weeks or as long as you need, depending on your goals. When you come in to the office the first time, you will meet with our program director, discuss any health issues, we will go over your medical history and request any necessary tests, and you will get your first week of shots and supplies.

When can I schedule my appointment?

Call us at 626-798-2000 and we’ll schedule and appointment to get you started! Your first visit will be introductory consultation and information session, followed by an evaluation, weigh in, and your first week of HCG. If you need any supplies we can get you started with those as well.

Ceres Wellness & Anti-Aging Spa serves the San Gabriel Valley communities of Pasadena, CA, Arcadia, CA, San Gabriel, CA and San Marino, CA in LA County. The wellness and anti-aging services they provide include:

• Laser skin rejuvenation for fine lines, wrinkles and large pores • Chemical peels for irregular skin pigmentation
• Treatment for oily skin • Acne skin treatment • Botox Cosmetic and facial fillers • Treatment for wrinkles
• Laser hair removal treatment • HCG weight loss program • IV glutathione • IV nutrition • Lipotropic injections

Take your first step toward your new, fit, and confident self. Call us today at 626-798-2000 and schedule an appointment to discuss hCG Medical Weight Loss!