By Memorial Weight Loss Clinic
November 18, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: weight loss  

If traditional diets haven't helped you lose weight, you may be considering a prescription weight loss program. These programs can be very effective, but do require close supervision by a licensed physician. Dr. Babak Rejaie of Memorial Weight Loss Clinic PLLC shares Weight Lossinformation about the HCG diet with Houston residents.

HCG diet basics

A pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin is used to trigger dramatic weight loss when combined with a restricted diet. Dr. ATW Simeons developed the HCG diet based on his theory that the hormone prompts your body to release abnormal fats while delivering the nutrition you need to supplement low-calorie meals. While on the diet, your doctor will recommend that you consume no more than 500 to 800 calories per day. Patients may lose up to a pound per day while following the HCG diet protocol.

The program

The HCG diet can be helpful in promoting rapid weight loss in obese people who are at risk for developing serious health complications. Everyone who enrolls in an HCG program is followed very closely by a doctor. Depending upon your goals, your program may last for 26 or 43 days. Before your doctor determines that you can benefit from the HCG program, he will perform a thorough physical examination, take a complete health history and require you to undergo blood tests.

Is over-the-counter HCG just as effective?

Over-the-counter versions of HCG are not the same as prescription HCG. These versions only contain small amounts of HCG at best. Using over-the-counter or homeopathic HCG while following a low-calorie diet can be dangerous because you may lose lean muscle mass, your metabolism may slow down and you will experience hunger and weakness. These things aren't a problem when you use genuine HCG because the release of abnormal fats delivers needed nutrition.

If you're concerned about the effects of excess weight on your health and live in Houston, the HCG diet may be the answer to your problems. Call Memorial Weight Loss Clinic PLLC at (713) 468-3322 to learn more.