Weight Loss & Management Program with Nutrition & Maintenance Support

What is HCG?
This diet plan was discovered in 1954 by Dr. Simeons. He discovered that a natural hormone found in the body called human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) could accelerate fat mobilization in certain areas of the body, if combined with a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). HCG has the effect of “unlocking” the body’s fat stores so that the metabolism can burn these energy reserves to power daily bodily functions. This in turn helps to maintain one’s muscle mass during weight loss. Healthy dietary lifestyle changes begin to increase the body’s metabolism, which can then more efficiently metabolize and remove body fat with the help of HCG.

HCG may also help to reshape the body’s fat deposits, particularly targeting the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, neck and face. It has also been suggested that HCG plays a role in establishing a new weight “set point” for the body, making one less likely to return to one’s previous body weight.

The HCG program’s goal is to reset your metabolism to a normal level. However, unlike other diet protocols, it also resets your hunger and appetite mechanism to address emotional eating issues and food cravings.

How does it work and when will I see results?
On this diet, you are asked to eat a total of 500 calories of protein and vegetables, with a piece of fruit or two per day. You may be asking how you will be able to survive on such a small amount of calories per day? HCG releases about 1,500-4,000 calories a day into your body. Which means you are actually tricking your body into thinking it has consumed over 2,000+ calories. The result is you are not hungry, and your body doesn’t go into starvation mode. Dr. Simeons found that eating 500 (or less) calories per day is the optimum amount for weight loss. A margin of error of even 100-200 calories could negatively affect your progress. Why? While your body is under the influence of HCG, it’s considered an “open system.” Which means even a tiny bit of extra starch or sugar can result in an immediate 2-3 lbs weight gain.

Once the patient starts HCG injections, they can typically see results as early as 1 month, given that they stay on a low calorie diet of 500 calories per day.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for this treatment?
Men or women who want to lose weight, and who are willing to stick to the restrictive diet, are good candidates for the HCG diet. The foods you eat will be limited, as will the amount of exercise you should perform daily. While the HCG injections will help turn fat into fuel, it's also important to note that you will be on a very low-calorie diet so exercise should be limited.

The HCG diet is individualized for you and promotes long-term healthy eating, but it isn't for everyone. The professionals at Monaco Medical Aesthetics can guide you through the different diet plans, so you make an informed choice for your body. Contact us for a personalized and private in-depth consultation with our Monaco Cosmetic Nurses.

Deandra Olivieri