The hCG Diet was first introduced by Dr. Simeons who wrote the original Pounds and Inches protocol in 1954.
Clinical observation and medical research have continually shown the hCG medical weight loss diet to be successful and effective when followed properly.
This is not a fad diet… this is a medically supervised program with a prescribed hormone therapy which induces weight loss when followed correctly.
Dr. Simeons protocol consists of 42 days of hCG administration along with a VLCD (very low calorie diet). His original list of foods was very limited, but now with new research we are proud to provide a wider selection of healthy food choices. The foods include lobster, shrimp, whitefish, sirloin, poultry, large variety of vegetables, limited fruits, yogurt, and even pretzels!
Most patients experience very little hunger, which is usually not associated with a low calorie diet. The therapeutic treatment of hCG hormone, in regards to weight loss, is to flood not burn your reserved fat stores. This triggers a hormonal sequence of events, which culminates in the flooding of 1,500-4,000 fat calories into the bloodstream. Dr. Simeons’ protocol has proven to be safe and effective when done correctly. The hormone is prescribed daily, without an appetite suppressant. If a weight loss clinic offers an hCG diet plan not in this fashion it is considered a calorie based diet not a true hCG hormonal therapy at all! So do not be fooled.
Maintenance is the most important part of the program. This is accomplished by the help of the hypothalamus gland resetting to the higher metabolism, lower hunger threshold and new eating habits. The Skinny Me staff will teach you the steps to reset your hypothalamus, which will maintain your new lower set body weight.
Will I regain the weight?
The three week maintenance phase is the critical part of this program.
It is ALL about your hypothalamus and you at this phase. hCG is no longer in your bloodstream. This endocrine gland regulates your body’s “set point” or weight and is partially responsible for the regulation of the metabolism. Once you have completed the weight loss program it is our goal is to teach you the method devised by Dr. Simeons to reset the hypothalamus to “protect” you at your new body weight.
What is the point of losing the weight if you just regain it- plus more?
With hCG you are flooding the fat and do not experience any muscle atrophy so the rebound (weight gain) should not be a part of this equation. Your nutritional coach will go over all the benefits of resetting this fabulous gland.
Is hCG safe? Is it healthy to consume only 500 calories a day?
This protocol has been around for over 55 years. hCG is an natural hormone in a pregnant woman’s body of about 200 thousand units daily. It provides hormonal development of the growing fetus and ensures adequate nutrition to the fetus if the mother is nutritionally deprived or just nauseated. Have you ever heard the old saying” baby is going to get what it needs from the momma”? That is exactly what this hormone does. Because of the decreased fat intake while on hCG it will trigger your body to flood its own reserve fat for “the baby” which obviously you don’t have.
While on this hormonal therapy it does not cause nausea, lactation, or any symptoms associated with pregnancy. Just imagine having 10 children- this hormone will be in a woman’s body for her entire adult life. So is it safe? Absolutely!
Often times people and practitioners do not understand the physiology behind Dr. Simeons protocol. It is hard to grasp the realization that a person can eat only 500 calorie on hCG and not be hungry. Consuming 1000 calories or less on a calorie-based diet will cause the hypothalamus to go into a “starvation mode” and slow down the expenditure of energy, thus no weight loss. Unfortunately, many medical providers are not current on hCG research and may misguide or discourage you to be on such a low calorie diet, which is reasonable but unsubstantiated. It is Skinny Me’s goal to educate medical providers on the vast benefits of the utilization of this hard working and potentially life saving hormone.
Does hCG work for men?
Of course! hCG works by influencing the way the hypothalamus tells the body to regulate its metabolism, hunger level, and set body weight. Men and women both have a hypothalamus gland, so it works for everyone! Please see our Man Plan for more info! It especially helps men due the location of the “bad” fat stored abdominal area which is linked to major disease processes.
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What forms of hCG are available?
We offer hCG in the form of a sublingual tablet and injectable liquid.
Tablets are taken by placing one tablet under the tongue once a day. They taste like mint and dissolve within about two minutes. Kept at room temperature, but will melt in a hot car.
The injectable hormone is by self-administration with a syringe once a day. The syringes are the same size that are used for allergy or diabetic injections and typically not painful. The practitioner will teach you to inject technique and we will provide you with syringes and alcohol wipes at the clinic. This formula must be refrigerated.
Why do I need to take hCG every day?
It takes hCG 48 hours to reach therapeutic levels in your system. hCG should be administered around the same time of day every day to maintain therapeutic levels. Once every 24 hours for injections or one tablet once a day for the sublingual form. This concept is similar to when a doctor prescribes an antibiotic. It is prescribed to be take it at the same time and every day for it to be effective. This the same reason prescribing hCG twice or three a week is incorrect. It never reaches that optimum level.
Will I be hungry on the program?
hCG reaches its therapeutic levels in the bloodstream within 48 hours. Leptin levels (natural appetite suppressant) may “kick in” or reach an optimum level within days 3-7. Everybody’s metabolism is different. Once hCG is at an optimal level, you should feel the sensation of fullness due to the hormone Leptin. High levels of flooded fat equals high levels of leptin. Leptin acts on receptors in the hypothalamus, where it inhibits appetite. It counteracts the effects of neuropeptide Y, which is a potent feeding stimulant secreted by cells in the gut and the hypothalamus. Your certified nutritional will go over any potential hunger issues during your consultation. It is very important to keep a food journal and follow all set guidelines taught with this protocol or hunger may exist. It is so amazing to have the sensation of fullness while on the program. You will absorb all nutrition your fat stores are releasing and the rest of fat will eliminated through the body.
What is the difference in hCG drops verses injections & tablets?
hCG is a pure, live hormone that arrives in a concentrated powder form and is reconstituted into a formula by a compounding pharmacy. Genuine hCG can only be prescribed by a licensed medical professional. On the other hand, pseudo hCG drops are available everywhere to anyone because they are not a prescribed medication. As of December 2013, the FDA has banned this form of psuedo-dosing and false consumer advertisement. Not to mention it is illegal and has stiff penalties by the government and law enforcement. So do not be fooled or go to jail house!
Skinny Me has been open for 6 years and has help thousands of patients lose weight the right way. Our team of Practitioners are all trained in the latest hCG research. We are hCG experts. The entire staff here at Skinny Me have all experienced weight loss challenges ourselves. We all have our own success stories to share with our patients. We support, hug, cheer, and congratulate everyone’s own success story. We can’t help but to develop a personal relationship with all who walk through our door. After all, the team at Skinny Me can empathize with the frustrations we feel of previous failed weight loss attempts. The atmosphere is contagious. We find our new patients become motivated by established patients while sitting in the waiting room! They all are so eager to brag about their journey at Skinny Me!
Besides our charming personalities and positive environment we pride ourselves on teaching the correct method of dosing and injection techniques needed for your success.
For the body to properly absorb hCG, it should be injected intramuscularly (in the upper arm muscle or in the lateral thigh muscle) where it can freely enter the bloodstream.
hCG should not be injected subcutaneously (fatty areas, such as the stomach). This has been proven to be ineffective due to improper absorption of the injected hCG.
Another thing that we do right is proper dosing of this hormone. It was designed by Dr. Simeons to be taken daily for 42 days straight. That is what we do!
What else do I need to purchase other than the food I eat?
You will need:
- A journal to record your daily weight, food intake, fluid intake, and calories.
- A digital weight scale. You will be weighing yourself every morning after emptying your bladder and without clothing. It is important that you have a digital scale because you will see your weight decrease by ounces if not pounds every day!
- A food scale. Any basic food scale will work as long as it measures ounces/grams. Weighing your meats and proteins accurately will help ensure your weight loss success.
- Multivitamins, a calcium supplement, and a potassium supplement. We have pharmaceutical grade vitamins for purchase. They are isotonic, so they get absorbed in the proper location in the gut. It comes in a powder form which you will mixed with tap water.
- Oil-free body lotion/sunscreen, such as Johnson & Johnson Brand Baby Lotion (pink bottle), Aveeno, Eucerin, Neutrogena are allowed on large areas of your body. It does not contain oils that can absorb into your skin. Remember: your skin is the largest organ of your body and can absorb oil from lotions. Oil is a fat which can inhibit the effectiveness of hCG. NO LUBERDERM
- hCG must be purchased at one of our recommended pharmacies.
Why Do I have to take supplemental vitamins?
While on a low calorie or restricted diet of any kind it is always wise to maintain healthy nutritional levels. While on the hCG program, it is essential to take a multivitamin supplement for daily nutritional balance. A daily calcium supplement with a minimum of 600 mg x2 is required because the hCG weight loss program has limitations on milk/dairy products. 300 mg x3 doses of potassium per day will prevent leg cramps, muscle spasms, and restless legs. Potassium is a water soluble supplement as well as an electrolyte that is eliminated from your body every time you urinate. The hCG protocol requires that you drink up to a gallon of fluids per day. Therefore, it is extremely important to take 99 mg of potassium three times per day to maintain proper levels. If the body is not adapted to high volumes of water intake you can deplete valuable and necessary electrolytes. Fluctuations can be dangerous. This will all be explained in the consultation.
Can I exercise while taking hCG?
While following the hCG protocol, it is vital to consume 500 calories per day for brain and body function. Cardiovascular exercise will slow down weight loss and is discouraged. Any type of exercise that raises your heart rate above 120 beats per minute will burn too many calories, throwing the brain into “starvation” mode and stopping the flood of fat! However, it is recommended that hCG patients do engage in low intensity forms of exercise such as: daily walks, yoga, core strengthening, swimming, Pilates, and weight training.
However, professional athletes, marathon runners etc. that have done the Skinny Me protocol successfully, but it requires a customize weight loss program while in training.
What happens if I do not consume 500 calories per day?
Believe it or not, hCG is such an effective appetite suppressant that many patients have trouble consuming even 500 calories in a day. The 500 calories are required for brain and body function while on the hCG protocol. If less than 500 calories are consumed per day the endocrine system (the hypothalamus and pituitary glands) put the body into “starvation” mode which literally stalls weight loss.
How long is the Skinny Me program?
Skinny Me follows Dr. Simeons’ protocol of 42 days of weight loss followed by a three week mandatory maintenance (resetting of hypothalamus gland).* We offer a fast track program as well as other holiday/vacation plans to accommodate your needs.
Here at Skinny Me we are so proud of our patients success stories. As a thank you we now offer a referral program. Your weight loss is a personal journey you should be proud of! Friends and family members may want to experience that same contagious joy you felt that first week on the scale and thereafter. That’s why we are so successful, its because of you! Thank You!