HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a hormone naturally occurring in woman produced in large amounts during pregnancy to prepare the womb for the embryo. Using the hormone as a weight loss aid (along with restricted caloric intake) dates back to the 1950's as discovered by Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons. Dr. Simeons determined that the HCG hormone targets the nutrients that are stored in fat cells and converts their content, sending the vital nutrients back into the bloodstream. This process leads the fat cells to shrink to only a fraction of their original size.
A Jump Start
The HCG weight loss program is typically conducted for four to eight weeks to jump start long-term weight loss habits. The patient follows a diet that is almost free of fat and contains seven hundred to one thousand calories on a daily basis. This may seem very small, but the natural hormone is so powerful that most patient are not uncomfortable or hungry while on the protocol. Most participants adjust quickly to the restricted eating schedule, additionally learning to focus on proper foods for a healthy diet. Most participants experience weight loss of a pound a day without any feelings of weakness or hunger.
Once the medical weight loss period is completed, patients transition to a healthy lifestyle with proper eating habits and exercise. Because the weight loss results are so drastic in such a short period of time, most participants leave the program with a new sense of vigor about their success and strong determination to continue down the path of weight loss and healthy living.
I heard HCG weight loss was a "scam" and the FDA doesn't approve it.
The FDA has declared it illegal for homeopathic HCG drug companies to claim that using their products will result in weight loss. The homeopathic drugs are those available without a prescription OTC (over-the-counter) or online. In order for such drugs to be called "homeopathic" and, therefore, unregulated by the FDA, they have to have such small traces of the HCG hormone in them that they are not affective in weight loss treatments. So, in turn, people are cutting their diets back to the restricted caloric intake levels of the medical weight loss program without having the proper dosage of the hormone in their system to retrieve nutrients from their fat cells, causing people to get sick and hurt their bodies. Plus, patients on the medical HCG weight loss program are carefully monitored by physicians both before starting the program, during and afterwards. The homeopathic diet leaves people without any medical care.
With Atlanta Medical Institute's HCG Weight Loss Program, your health and well-being more than just a number on a scale. At our clinic, your health and weight is more completely assessed and your progress tracked in more ways that just how many pounds you may lose. Our professional team is here to assist you to make sensible lifelong changes to help keep the weight off for good. There are no group sessions and each client is assessed and given an individually tailored program to suit their needs. We will discuss your concerns and offer motivation in your weekly educational consultations. As there are no lock in contracts and you pay as you go, your individual program has the flexibility to be changed if and when needed.