(Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)
HCG is a hormone secreted by the placenta during pregnancy (the same hormone detected in home pregnancy kits). It was first used to help weight loss after several physicians noted that overweight women actually lost weight when they were pregnant. Medical studies have shown that when combined with a low calorie diet and exercise, HCG increases fat loss and helps with a more rapid loss of inches.
HCG has not been approved by the FDA for weight loss, although it has been approved for the treatment of other medical conditions. Federal laws allow medical providers to use approved drugs for alternative treatments. It is called “Off Label Usage” and occurs quite frequently in the medical profession.
HCG is used in extremely low doses for weight loss. (HCG is used in a much higher dose to increase fertility.) In the small doses we administer, HCG does NOT increase fertility. However, fertility is increased with every five (5) pounds of weight loss! HCG can cause a false positive pregnancy test in urine only.
Administering HCG Injections
HCG can be administered in our office or in the convenience of your home. The injections are more effective if given at the waist or below. Self-injections should be given only after you have been trained by our staff. We recommend you receive your injections at our office by one of our trained staff until you feel comfortable injecting yourself.
HCG injections may be used with your prescribed appetite suppressant(s), or may be used alone. We recommend adding it to your current plan of treatment. After you begin receiving HCG, hunger cravings are lessened and you should begin to lose abnormal fat storage from the abdomen, hips, and thighs.
HCG has been shown to decrease inches in the waist area in as few as three days. More common results are inches lost within two (2) to four (4) weeks. Faster results occur when combined with at least thirty (30) minutes of exercise three (3) to five (5) days per week and decreasing your intake of sugar and “bad” carbs, such as white potatoes, white bread and white rice.
Since HCG affects only the abnormal fat, such as “belly fat” or the “spare tire”, a larger number of patients will qualify for this treatment.
HCG Side Effects
Possible side effects include breast tenderness in both genders (1 in 200 patients) and menstrual irregularities in females (1 in 5 patients) – both side effects are temporary and short-lived. Contraindications for use are for women with a history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or endometrial cancer since HCG is a type of hormone. HCG is not recommended for men with a history of testicular or prostate cancer. The small dosage we administer should not have any detrimental effects with other types of cancer; however we do not recommend its use.
HCG is not a substitute for exercise. If you do not exercise, fat cells can re-expand and lost inches can return. Unlike exercise, HCG does not provide muscle and skin toning and conditioning.
HCG has been proven to have a positive effect on mood swings, increased energy levels, relief of back pain and migraines, and more rapid loss of inches.
Other Important HCG Information
There is no time limit on using HCG. You may continue using it after reaching your weight and/or size goal. Many patients use this as part of a maintenance program where it once again has proved very successful.
Treatment with HCG is recommended for patients between the age of 17 years and 75 years.
Current patients at Anderson Bariatric Physicians, P.A., can have HCG injections incorporated into their present treatment plan. If you are not a patient at Anderson Bariatric Physicians, P.A., it will be necessary for you to make an appointment as a new patient.
Our HCG is 100% pure pharmaceutical grade from an FDA approved supplier.