HCG Drops / Injections

Overview

HCG Drops and Injections

The HCG diet is an exciting breakthrough method to lose weight. However, due to the dramatic changes your body will go through, it is strongly recommended to only participate in this when you have a professional monitoring you on a regular basis.

The diet consists of multiple phases where one eats specific foods at certain times during the day and, when combined with the HCG, causes chemical reactions in the body that activate the hypothalamus into releasing the secure abdominal fat reserves. This results in dramatic weight loss without the loss of muscle or fat structure. During this diet, the food that has to be consumed is high in protein, and low in starches, carbohydrates, and high fat-foods. Alcohol is also forbidden in the first session.

What to Expect from HCG Drops and Injections

Mild hunger may occur in the first few days; however, this will pass by the second week. Small servings will then be satisfying as the hypothalamus adjusts to the metabolic rate. There tends to be no side-effects yet found from small HCG doses. There is also no reason to gain weight after the diet has stopped, provided a fit lifestyle is followed, including healthy perspectives on food and exercise. Daily activities should include a minimum of twenty minutes of cardiovascular exercises.

The dieter needs to stop once the excess weight has been lost, as HCG only affects stored fat. Once the body has used up the excess fat, it will quickly reject a self-imposed limit of 500 calories. The FDA has approved the use of HCG for fertility managements. The lack of approval on the use of HCG for dieting does not prevent it from being used as a dietary aid. There have been very few reports of health problems with the HCG diet. However, it should be used with caution, in persons with a propensity to blood clotting, headaches and depression.

Early in the HCG diet, an attack of gout may be precipitated in susceptible patients. Although long-term, even though HCG may raise uric acid, and this level persists after months of management, no further attacks occur. Patients who have previously had gout usually don't get further attacks despite eating anything once they reach their ideal weight. On occasions a gouty patient may get a second attack, following initiation of the second course. The clinic may prescribe supplements to take if this occurs. Occasionally, patients with raised blood pressure may have a significant drop once HCG is started. The circulation usually adjusts in a few days. The loss of weight, however, may correct raised blood pressure permanently. The other conditions which seem to improve on the HCG diet include psoriasis, brittle fingernails, and hair loss associated with obesity; however, the hair loss may continue after cessation of the HCG.

To achieve success, the diet of 500 calories and HCG drops/injections must be strictly adhered to. Patients who have taken thyroid medications for long periods of time have a slightly lower average weight loss under HCG management. The protocol calls for cessation of thyroid medications during HCG in those patients who have a low BMR due to diencephalic, or dysregulation of the thyroid, and low TSH. Patients need to continue a 500-calorie diet three days after last HCG administration. Management is stopped when ideal weight is achieved. Patients tend to experience hunger when ideal weight has been achieved.

Patients need to stop HCG during menstruation, and continue the diet by itself. In progressive courses, the duration between courses needs to be increased. Following the HCG course, the patient is free to eat anything except starches and sugar during the first three weeks. Some patients who have dieted extensively before may need a week of binge-eating before starting, regardless of weight gain.

What HCG Does NOT Do

HCG is not a sex hormone; it has an identical action in men, women, and children. It never causes the virilization of females, feminizes males, and does not interfere with virility. HCG has no direct action on an endocrine gland. Skin turgor improves on HCG. No voice changes occur. HCG is also of great utility in obese diabetics through its diencephalon regulation, and associated weight loss. HCG will also decrease the amount of esterified cholesterol, a component that is a cause of vascular damage, and it will increase the amount of free cholesterol.

Possible Problems with HCG Drops and Injections

Interruption in weight loss may occur for the following reasons:

Water-retention (especially in females)

A plateau in second half of course may occur, which usually corrects itself. (When this occurs, patients are given a short protocol to help)

Interruption in weight loss for 10 days

Although rare, this usually only occurs in advanced cases and hardly ever during the first course of management. It is more common in people with fixed obesity of 10 years or more who have at some time rapidly increased beyond their initial weight.

Interruption that occurs a few days before or after menstruation

Interruption may also occur at the time of ovulation. The same thing may happen if a woman becomes pregnant during management. If a pregnancy test is performed it needs to be done at least five days after the last HCG management, because it may cause false-positive. Additionally, menopause, like menstruation, may interfere with managements.

Interruption may also occur due to a dietary error. Since blood is saturated on HCG diencephalic resetting, excess water is retained when excess calories are consumed. Salt is not restricted on this diet; however, daily intake should be consistent. Trying to get the body to retain less fluid by drinking less is futile and harmful.

Additional Information

On the diet, bowel evacuation may only occur every 3-4 days. Laxatives, fats, oils, creams and ointments are not permitted, as they interfere with HCG. This is a problem for workers in beauty parlors, massage therapists, butchers, and more. Most modern cosmetics contain hormones, and therefore, are not permitted. On occasion, plain mineral oil is allowed. Other non-permissible items include lipstick, suntan lotion, powder or hair brilliantine - the latter if rubbed into scalp. Appetite-suppressant drugs are strongly discouraged during management. If the patient has to interfere with management for 3-4 days, the diet needs to be increased to 800 calories with the addition of eggs, meat, cheese and milk. Interruptions should not occur before at least 20 days of HCG management. Coffee enemas at room temp may increase energy levels, if needed. Occasionally, muscle fatigue may occur due to loss of structural fat, or the muscles may lengthen and have to work harder during contraction, but this usually corrects itself. Massage to remove excessive fat is pointless. There may also be an episode of hypoglycemia near the end of the course. The HCG prevents a feeling of hunger, but there may be trembling, light-headedness, tremor, headache and weakness.

There is no significant tissue reaction to HCG injections. There are also no significant contra-indications to HCG management. The management can be undertaken in presence of inflammation, anesthesia, major fractures or an underlying abscess. Patients who have small gall stones may have symptoms of stones due to reduce bile salts being formed and the concentration of bile. Uterine myomas may cause pressure symptoms as loss of pelvic buffering fat. Vitamins C, D, and calcium are permitted as well as antibiotics. During management, the effects of alcohol are exaggerated. Occasionally, heavy dieters who are obese complain of a painful heel, which is unresponsive to anti-rheumatics. This is due to fat loss under the heel so buffering of the hard calcaneum is lost. Weight needs to stay within two pounds of the last injection, or previous day's weight. Weight needs to be measured in the morning at the same time each day.

Due to the very specific protocols of the diet and the extreme speed one's body is changing, it is stressed to only attempt the HCG diet under an experienced doctor's supervision.

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Management Plan

HCG Drops and Injections

The Houston Wellness Clinic recommends the HCG drops since they tend to be less expensive than injections and far easier to administer. The drops are placed under the tongue for a few minutes to allow adequate absorption. This method, specific diet with HCG drops, may result in a loss of 1-2 pounds per day. The HCG diet is actually a modifier of your eating behavior.

A rest period after 40 days is required between managements because subjects develop immunity to HCG, and require a 6-week rest period so as to regain sensitivity to the HCG. The present protocol calls for a maximum of four total managements. It is important to cut the 500 calories only after three days of HCG dosing.

Men tend to lose weight steadily due to fluctuating water retention and elimination opposed to women who tend to lose weight in a fluctuating manner. During the retention, weight may not change much although significant fat has been lost. However, during water elimination, there may be a marked loss in weight. The main fat that is mobilized is the mobile fat that is stored in the hips, thighs, belly, and upper arms. The structural fat that surrounds muscles is left largely alone.

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