What is LivingYoung’s HCG Diet Program?
The HCG Diet is a fast weight loss program for seriously obese individuals and for people for whom dieting and exercise just don’t work. Relatively short-term in length, the HCG Diet involves a strict very low calorie diet in combination with weekly HCG injections and close medical supervision. Its rising popularity is due to the fact that it achieves fast weight loss. It’s not uncommon for people to lose 1+ pounds per day over the course of just eight weeks
HCG’s role in our weight loss program is to ensure that it is fat that is lost, not muscle. Is that important? You bet. Anyone on a very low calorie diet will drop pounds very fast. However what’s lost during such crash diets is muscle and muscle is heavy, making for deceptive scale results. No, you don’t want to lose muscle … it’s bad for your body, your shape and your metabolism. Once lost, it takes a lot of work to build muscle back. Adding HCG injections to a very low calorie diet makes sure that only fat cells are targeted. That’s the secret behind the success of the HCG Diet.
HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a hormone found in both men and women, with higher quantities produced while women are pregnant. There’s a good reason for elevated HCG levels during pregnancy. If the mother’s nutrition is not enough to nourish both herself and the baby, the HCG stimulates the body to use the mother’s stored fat as an alternative way to get nutrition. This is exactly the scenario that occurs during a low-calorie diet … injections of HCG stimulate the body to use its stored fat for nutrition. HCG targets the stored nutrients and calories in fat cells by liquefying their content. These nutrients are then released into the bloodstream. In some cases, as many as 2,000 calories are delivered in a single day. Fat cells are drained of their contents and shrink to a fraction of their original size. Natural energy levels increase from nutrients supplied by the fat cells, while appetite decreases noticeably. This is good. Muscle is spared.
Both men and women normally produce HCG, at low levels throughout their lifetimes. As a pro-hormone, it helps the body make more hormones. By elevating hormone levels in the body, the HCG hormone creates an anabolic state (muscle building) which counteracts the catabolic state (muscle breakdown). And because hormone imbalance or deficiency is usually part of the reason for weight gain, this hormone serves many purposes.
Injecting HCG is the only proven method of raising blood levels of HCG. Other methods such as pills or drops — so-called homeopathic HCG — are insufficiently absorbed into the blood through the digestive system and are of little value.
Your candidacy for LivingYoung’s HCG Diet program will be determined following a consultation with our physician and examination of your medical history. It helps if you are meticulous when it comes to counting calories for everything you eat. (You don’t want to consume your 800-calorie-a day limit at breakfast!) It’s also to your benefit if you are highly motivated, can recognize and resist food-eating triggers, and are willing to make long-term changes in your relationship with food.
If you are a good candidate for the HCG Diet program, the doctor will put you on a calorie-restricted diet (between 500 and 800 calories), customized on what is best for you. You’ll receive weekly injections of low doses of HCG to facilitate fast weight loss This is a short-term diet program of just 8 weeks because weight loss is so fast (up to 1 pound a day).
It’s obvious one would lose weight eating just 500 calories a day, even without HCG. But there are advantages to the HCG injections. Without the use of HCG, such a calorie-restricted diet would be considered too low to be safe, resulting in feeling weak, tired and run-down. By adding HCG, the body mobilizes excess fat stores and burns them for energy, thus supplementing your dietary intake, preserving your energy and improving the safety of the diet.
The most attractive benefit of the HCG Diet is that it produces fast weight loss results. Losing 30 pounds (or more) in 30 days sounds almost too good to be true. But the statistics bear this out. The next best thing about this diet is that the results are long-lasting. No more yo-yo dieting!
Here are some of the benefits of the HCG Diet:
- Average weight loss is 1 pound per day
- Burns fat and spares muscles
- Rapid weight loss compared to other diets
- Triggers the hypothalamus gland to release stored fat
- Causes no loss of muscle or structural fat
- Redistributes normal fat and enhances body contouring
- Increases metabolism by slightly raising estrogen and testosterone levels
- Decreased craving for sweets
- Decreased appetite
- Increased libido in men and women
- Maintains weight loss after returning to regular calorie intake
- Ideal for women in menopause with imbalanced hormone levels
- Targets the flabby areas on the stomach, buttocks, thighs, arms and chest
- Has no side effects
- Is cost effective