Being overweight or obese has negative effects on your health. Despite a seemingly endless array of diet options and fads, nearly three-quarters of Americans are still overweight or obese. If you’ve tried to lose weight on your own and failed or managed to lose a few pounds only to gain it all back again, it’s time to get professional medical help to manage your weight and improve your health.
Our team at Vibrance Medical Group in West Lake Villiage, California has a mission to help women improve their health in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Led by Dr. Darren FX Clair, we provide highly customized weight loss and weight-management programs to help you stay motivated, meet your goals, and enhance your health.
We often recommend the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) diet to jumpstart your weight-loss journey. The hCG diet usually delivers rapid results, which can help you get your momentum going and stay motivated while you make the changes necessary to lose weight and keep it off.
What is hCG?
HCG is a protein-based hormone your body releases if you become pregnant. The hormone makes you produce greater quantities of estrogen and progesterone, which an embryo needs to develop normally. However, hCG also stimulates your metabolism and affects the way your body stores and uses fat.
How does the hCG diet work?
The hCG diet emphasizes very restricted eating — you can have only 500 calories each day — combined with hCG injections that help curb your hunger. The hCG prevents your body from going into the starvation mode extreme calorie restriction typically triggers. The hCG diet has three phases:
- Loading (2 days) — take HCG and eat lots of high-fat, high-calorie foods
- Weight loss (3-6 weeks) — take HCG and eat only 500 calories per day
- Maintenance (3 weeks) — stop HCG, gradually eat more while avoiding sugar and starch
You can lose up to one pound per day on the hCG diet.
What can I expect while on the hCG diet?
You won’t be on the hCG diet forever. Depending on your specific needs, we recommend cycles of following the hCG protocol mixed with more sustainable diet plans. You will work closely with our team so we can provide the hCG injections and monitor your progress and health.
The hCG should reduce your appetite, but you might still feel a habitual pull to eat that 3:00 pm cookie with coffee. This is an excellent opportunity to examine your relationship with food and to figure out how to tell the difference between hunger, habit, and other emotional triggers for eating.
How can I maintain my weight loss?
Maintenance is often the most challenging part of any weight loss plan. You can’t go back to your old eating habits, or you will just regain the weight you worked so hard to lose. However, we’ve supported you through your weight loss journey and cheered your achievements along the way — we’re not going to abandon you now.
We offer weight management plans to help you maintain your weight at a healthy, desirable level. We work with you to create a delicious and sustainable meal plan that includes occasional treats but stays within your daily calorie needs. If you find your weight starts to creep up again, give us a call so we can help you get back on track or adjust your maintenance program.
If you’re troubled by your weight or concerned about your health, call us or book an online appointment today. Our customized weight loss plans will change your life.