The HCG Diet Program
The use of the HCG hormone as a diet aid is somewhat controversial. There is extensive conflicting information online about the diet and it is easy to become confused about what is accurate and what is not. At Memorial Weight Loss Clinic we offer a physician-supervised HCG diet Houston residents can trust for lasting results. Our Memorial weight loss clinic's HCG Houston program is designed to achieve these results through the safest practices available. Below are two links to clinical research of the effectiveness of HCG as a diet aid.
Effect of HCG on weight loss, hunger, and feeling of well-being
Utility of an Oral Presentation of HCG for the Management of Obesity
Additionally, the following is a video clip from the Dr. Oz show that covers the use of HCG as a weight loss aid.
Three Kinds of Fat
In the human body we can distinguish three kinds of fat.
Structural FatThe first is the structural fat, which fills the gaps between various organs in the body. Structural fat also performs such important functions as bedding the kidneys in soft elastic tissue, protecting the coronary arteries, and keeping the skin smooth and taut. It also provides the springy cushion of hard fat under the bones of the feet, without which we would be unable to walk.
Normal FatThe second type of fat is a normal reserve of fuel upon which the body can freely draw when the nutritional intake is insufficient to meet the demand. Such normal reserves are localized all over the body. Fat is a substance which packs the highest caloric value into the smallest space so that normal reserves of fuel for muscular activity and the maintenance of body temperature can be most economically stored in this form. Both structural and reserve fat are normal, and even if the body stocks them to capacity this can never be called obesity.
Abnormal FatBut there is a third type of fat which is entirely abnormal. Abnormal fat is also a potential reserve of fuel, but unlike the normal reserves it is not available to the body in a nutritional emergency. When an obese patient tries to lose weight by reducing caloric intake, he will first lose normal fat reserves. When these are exhausted he begins to burn up structural fat, and only as a last resort will the body yield its abnormal reserves, though by that time the patient usually feels so weak and hungry that the diet is abandoned.
The Simeons HCG Diet Protocol*
The Simeons HCG Diet Protocol proposed by Dr. ATW Simeons is based off his theory that the HCG hormone triggers your body to release abnormal fats and deliver the nutrition it needs to supplement a low caloric intake. The HCG hormone is believed by some to relieve the patient from feeling hungry and fatigued when dieting. While there has been no conclusive medical research substantiating this, many patients claim to have lost a significant amount of weight while strictly following the diet protocol. To learn more about Dr. Simeons HCG diet protocol visit the HCG Diet Info website.
The HCG Program at Memorial Weight Loss Clinic
Memorial Weight Loss Clinic offers both 26 and 43 day HCG programs, and has partnered up with Perfect Fit Meals to offer meal plans that strictly adhere to the HCG protocol as established by Simeons. Additionally, because we conduct our HCG program under the supervision of a licensed physician, we require specific blood testing, a comprehensive physical exam, and detailed health history in order to determine eligibility for a very low calorie diet. It is VERY important that if one would like to follow the Simeons HCG Protocol, that it be done under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider. To learn more about our HCG in Houston clinic email Shannon@memorialweightlossclinic.com or call us at 713-468-3322.
Cautionary Advice Regarding Over the Counter HCG
There is a profound difference between pharmaceutical HCG hormone and homeopathic HCG drops which are available over the counter and on the internet. Homeopathic HCG has been shown to contain a variety of the following substance: water, alcohol, vitamins, filtered microscopic trace amounts of HCG if any at all the various herbal stimulants. This suggests that homeopathic HCG has no relationship to the HCG hormone.
Pharmaceutical HCG hormone can only be obtained by a written prescription from a licensed healthcare provider and cannot be purchased off the internet or nutrition stores. If you have purchased "HCG drops" off the internet, you have most likely purchased "Homeopathic HCG" which does NOT require a prescription because it does not contain the real pharmaceutical HCG hormone.
The HCG Diet Protocol is based off the theory that the HCG hormone triggers your body to release abnormal fats and deliver the nutrition it needs to supplement a low caloric intake. If you are not getting this supplementation of calories because you are using a homeopathic mixture, your body most likely will deplete structural fat and will not capitalize on releasing excess stored fat reserves. As a result, your metabolism may slow down with the loss of lean muscle mass and the feeling of hunger, weakness and fatigue will most certainly occur. Additionally, the health risks can be damaging for dieters that are unaware of potential underlying medical condition because the proper physician supervision, blood testing and comprehensive physical exam were not preformed or required.
Obesity and being overweight are associated with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, stroke, and sleep apnea, among other illnesses, and that moderate amounts of weight loss (five to ten percent of total body weight) can reduce many of the risks.
Before enrolling in a medical weight loss program consultation with a medical professional is advisable for people who are under treatment for specific medical conditions or taking prescribed medications. Unless medically indicated, weight loss after the first two or three weeks of dieting should not exceed a rate of three pounds or approximately one and one-half percent of body weight per week. More rapid weight loss may cause an increased risk of developing gallbladder disease, risk which is believed to be higher than the risk of developing gallbladder disease as a result of staying overweight/obese. People who are considered medically appropriate for more rapid weight loss should have their progress monitored by a physician. At Memorial Weight Loss Clinic we can determine if you qualify.
Very-low-calorie diets (less than 800 kcal per day) are designed to promote rapid weight loss in people whose obesity has resulted in, or has put them at medical risk of, developing serious health complications. Rapid weight loss may also be associated with some medical problems. This program provides medical supervision to minimize risks associated with rapid weight loss.
People undergoing weight loss can experience physical changes in the body (dizziness, interruptions in the menstrual cycle, hair loss, for example) that may indicate more serious conditions. People noticing such changes should be advised to talk immediately to their primary care physician and alert Memorial Weight Loss Clinic.
FDA NOTE: HCG IS NOT APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR WEIGHT LOSS. HCG IS FDA APPROVED AS A FERTILITY TREATMENT. THERE IS NO SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT HCG INCREASES WEIGHT LOSS BEYOND THAT RESULTING FROM THE CALORIE RESTRICTION.