What is HCG used for?
Well, there are many uses, but we predominantly use it for 2 different reasons: weight loss therapy and in conjunction with testosterone replacement therapy.
- For weight loss: Simply put, HCG signals to your body to use fat as a source of energy once it runs low on glucose, as opposed to slowing metabolism down to prepare for a fast (which is what your body normally does). However, in order to accomplish this, you MUST be able to maintain to a low calorie diet while on therapy, as the body only uses fat when it runs out of glucose (sugar).
- In conjunction with testosterone replacement therapy: HCG (at higher doses than used for weight loss) will stimulate your body to continue to make testosterone, as testosterone replacement will normally tell your body to stop producing testosterone, as it thinks that it has a full supply. HCG helps prevent this from occurring.
I see it requires a 500 calorie/day diet. Won’t I lose weight if I do that anyways?
Simply put, no. Your body will recognize that you are essentially starving it and will go into “starvation mode”, which is similar to preparing for hibernation. It will slow your metabolism down, as to not run out of supply, which of course prevents you from losing weight. This is why temporarily starving yourself (“Crash Diet”) does not necessarily equal weight loss.
How much does it cost?
- 24 shots (24 days): $120
- 48 shots (48 days): $200
Who should not use HCG?
Women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or who are breastfeeding.
Are there any contraindications to using HCG?
Other than listed above (who should not use), no.
How much weight do people usually lose?
Generally speaking, 1 pound per day, averaged over the time of therapy. We have seen people lose more, and some lose less. Traditionally speaking, when someone does not lose weight, it can usually be attributed to not following a low calorie diet.